Preparing for this year’s Global Leadership Summit has me reflecting about previous years. I am often asked by people who have never been “what’s so important about it?” My answer is always: It changed my career. Before attending the Summit I was always focused on the Tech and not the People. I was a nerd who wanted to be a leader and didn’t know how. I can still hear Bill Hybels (Senior Pastor of Willow Creek Community Church) saying in his opening talk in 2010, “Leaders move people from HERE to THERE.” That’s when it hit me, I am not moving anyone from anywhere doing things the way I’ve always done them. Now let me take a moment and explain, there is nothing wrong with the ultra techie. The guy that can spit out model numbers from memory and can tell you the ins and outs of all the latest gear. But I had to make s decision, I had to decide if I was going to be the ultra tech and if so, was I willing to put the effort into it. See, I have never been good at model numbers and such. I always feel embarrassed when asked what kind of mics I am using and end up getting the numbers all messed up. I was going to have to hunker down and study if I was going to be able to run with the big tech dogs.
This all started a stirring in me that I am still working on today. It’s a feeling that started in my heart and is making its way to my brain as I figure out how to implement it. I had to ask myself the tough question: “Can I be okay walking away from mixing sound and let someone else do it?” I found that answer at the Leadership Summit, “Yes, I can.” God put a new passion in my heart, centered around my old passion. I still love tech, and am still a nerd. But now I find joy in helping others find that passion. I find greater joy in building a team than pulling off a flawless performance. Hybels went on to say: “Figure out what it is that God wants you to do in this world, then move people from HERE to There.” I have figured out what God wants to do with me at this point in my life. It’s not being the front of house guy, it’s not being the road manager for a band, it is leading and caring for a team of volunteers at a church for the glory of God.
What has God called you to do? Are you doing it, or still trying to fight down the path of your own wants and desires?
I urge you to check out the Global Leadership Summit and see what changes God wants to make in you.
(As an added note, I want to give Tim Schraeder a major thank you for his meticulous notes. I used his notes to augment my own and want to thank him for that. His notes can be found at: http://www.timschraeder.com)