By Bill Hybels
Are You a 360-Degree chief? Three-hundred-sixty-degree leaders do not simply direct their reward of management south, to the folks below their care. in addition they discover ways to lead north by means of influencing people with authority over them, and to steer east and west via impacting their friends. yet most significantly, they tips on how to retain the compass needle situated by means of best themselves---by holding their very own lives in song to allow them to offer greatest course for others. within the most crucial booklet he has ever written, invoice Hybels stocks what he has discovered approximately Christian management within the approximately thirty years he has pastored Willow Creek. brave management deals management concepts which were confirmed and sophisticated within the trenches. better of all, it grants the very essence of 1 of brand new most suitable Christian leaders---his fervent dedication to evangelism and discipleship and his zeal to motivate fellow church leaders at the same time he seeks to maintain turning out to be as a pacesetter himself. 'The neighborhood church is the desire of the realm, and its destiny rests basically within the arms of its leaders,' Hybels insists. If unchurched humans subject to you . . . should you love seeing believers serve passionately with their religious presents . . . if God's heartbeat for the church is your heartbeat to boot . . . then this ebook is a needs to. brave management will persuade you to steer with your entire may, your entire ability, and your entire religion. and it'll provide the instruments to do exactly that.
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But when it comes to who will stand in front of the Willow Creek congregation on Vision Night and articulate what we’re about and where we’re headed, we don’t draw straws. We believe that job is the responsibility of the recognized point leader, the person responsible for overseeing the team, congregation, or organization. At Willow, that would be me. Many times I’ve suggested to the elders and management team that we let someone else handle that responsibility, but they don’t even let me finish my spiel.
But either way, these exits have led to some of the loneliest moments of my life. Why? Because losing great people who shared my vision was always frustrating and disappointing—and sometimes downright scary. How can I carry on the vision without this person? I would wonder. 39 COURAGEOUS LEADERSHIP But I never ask myself that question anymore. After numerous late-night gut checks, I have come to complete clarity on this issue: By God’s grace, I fully intend to pursue the vision God has entrusted to me, no matter what, no matter who comes or goes.
Now he’s a committed volunteer in Promiseland, our children’s ministry. I bumped into him a month after our first meeting and he was lit up like a Christmas tree. He described the eight kids in his Promiseland small group. He knew their names, their families, their stories. Now his life is far from dull. The same thing happened recently when I ran into a couple in the hallway outside my office. They said, “We were around Willow for years, attending but not doing much else. ” They were so energized by that vision that they went through the training to become small group leaders.