I read everything he wrote, and stood in the prison where he spent 27 years on Robben Island. Nelson Mandela...redefined leadership.
I'm asked worldwide if leadership is lonely at the top. My standard response: It is only as lonely as the leader wants it to be.
Please remember that there is a huge difference between feeling thankful and actually expressing gratefulness to God. Let's express!
Thankful for Willow's 38 yrs of women in leadership. Great thoughts from 2 women I love: bit.ly/1gYg0g6
Back to back meetings with a 70 yr old and a 77 yr old leader who have more vision & passion than most leaders half their age.
And by the way, my decision to spend time in solitude almost always disappoints those who feel they need my time.
My "peace quotient" is directly tied to the amount of time I spend in solitude.
The future of the Church in Panama is bright based on the caliber of the leaders I am mentoring here today! Inspiring!
What joy to mentor such hi quality leaders! Brazil, Chile, now Ecuador, next Panama. Haven't had a conversation in English for 2 weeks!
A surprise ending to my Summit talk in Sao Paulo...30 former addicts from the slums coming on stage to sing of their new faith in Christ!
Prayers appreciated as I give the opening talk at the Global Summit here in Rio de Janeiro, one of my favorite cities in the world!
I am speaking live today at a Global Leadership Summit near the banks of the Amazon River in Brazil. Prayers appreciated.
Hearing my upcoming text, our IT person confiscated my trusty Blackberry and said "That season is over! It is I-phone season now." Cruel.
I get to teach Ecc. 3 this week end. "There is a time and season for every purpose under heaven." Can't wait!
I take a "3M" mindset into meetings:
1 Let's Move something ahead!
2 Let's Modify what is not working
3 Motivate everybody as they leave!
One thousand nine hundred and seventy six Sundays ago Willow held its first service! Don't miss this week end as we celebrate our 38th!
When Lynne and I started Willow 38 yrs ago we hoped it would serve our kids well. Never dreamed it would serve our grandkids even better!
Alone in my study preparing the message I will give this week end at Willow's 38th Anniversary. Overwhelmed by God's faithfulness!
Room service coffee and muffin in Manhattan this morning--$40.60. Fainted. Pre speaking full dinner in Jacksonville FL--$14.60. Revenge!
Heaven's humor on the week of the shutdown? My long planned week end message is "Father forgive them for they know not what they do."
A new post, on how my baby's about to turn TWO: bit.ly/1dGBTfK
/ Read this and understand why I love being a Nana!
Key vision question: What does God want our organization to look like 3 to 5 yrs from now? Teams grow as they wrestle w/ that question!
What drives a meaningful practice of prayer...discipline or desperation?
If my amperage for our new "Prayer Together" series at Willow gets any higher I am going to blow a circuit! It starts this week end!
"Oh what peace we often forfeit,
oh what needless pain we bear
all because we do not carry,
everything to God in prayer"...Pray today!
This is a Psalm 116:12 kind of morning for me; "What can I render to the Lord for all of His benefits to me?"
Heading into a 4 hr meeting with the Global Summit Team to celebrate and evaluate GLS 2013. What did we get right? Thoughts?
"If I could line up all the little girls in the whole wide world and choose 1 to be my daughter..." Happy Birthday Shauna! @sniequist
Amazing how much a 200 mile solo boat trip replenishes me after a full Global Summit week! Jesus knew this. Read Mt. 14:13!
The 2013 Global Summit was the most God-favored event I can ever recall being a part of. I am filled with gratitude and awe!
"Game On" for day two of the Global Summit. Illegal amounts of fun, growth and challenge! Only God!
Thanks for all the prayers.
On Thursday-Friday 75K+ leaders from across the US will gather to be challenged at the Summit. Will you be 1 of them? #wcagls
Summit is 1 week away! Please pray that God will anoint & protect all of the leaders who will experience #wcagls
I've been reciting my Life Verse for the last month during Summit prep: "Be steadfast, immovable, keep abounding in the work of the Lord!"
Almost done with my talk for the Summit! Inspired by Joshua 1:9–Be strong & courageous. Do not be afraid. God will be with you… #wcagls
I am working on my Summit interviews for Colin Powell and Mark Burnett. What questions would you ask? 12 days left to register!
If there is a joy greater than grandchildren I do not know what it is. God knew what He was doing when He thought this concept up!
The Summit is less than 1 month away! Anyone on your team still need to be invited? willowcreek.com/summit
On a Senior Leader Retreat with colleagues I love and respect. We are asking God what is next for Willow. Can't wait to hear from heaven!
Gorgeous sunrise over Lake Michigan. And to top it off..."His mercies are new every morning!" Lam 3:23
Watching small town fireworks with 6 yr old Henry and 2 yr old Mac made this 4th of July a fantastic family memory! We are so blessed!
Thanks to @RELEVANT
for publishing my article on Congo: "The World's Forgotten War" relm.ag/18gCXXO
2000 Creekers gathered tonight to watch our special needs kids put on Fiddler On The Roof. So cool! 2 more shows to go.
Few things in life melt my heart like watching freshly redeemed people go into the waters of baptism. It's happening this weekend @ Willow!
How about all of us senior leaders make a pact today to express deep gratitude for those around us who help us with admin stuff.
"Delight yourself in the Lord & He will give you the desires of your heart." Ps 37:4.
I doubted this as a young man. Totally convinced now!
"Talent Day" at Willow! Our senior staff in a room for 7 hours. This time developing our learning agility and emotional intelligence.
What a night at Willow! Thousands of dads blessed and fired up. Storms held off for the post service festivities. 2 more services tomorrow!
A little over 6 hours until Dadfest at Willow! Please spread the word!