Friday, August 7, 2009

Willow Leadership Summit - Day 1

What a privilege to be back at the Willow Creek Leadership Summit.
Bill Hybels kicked of talking about "Leading in a New Reality", reflecting on the new economic circumstances we're all now living in, and how leaders can not only survive but thrive in this environment.
Second up a business guru called Gary Hamel who is also a commited follower of Jesus Christ. He challenged us to think afresh how we do church - very provocative. His whole talk was one liners, my favourite of which were "don't mistake the edge of your rut for the horizon" and "the problem with 'organised religion' is not the religion bit".
Next was Tim Keller, unpacking the true nature of grace through the story of the prodigal son. A message we all need to hear, and one we may do as a series some time next year.
Then Jessica Jackley, the co-founder of a charity called Kiva which runs a website which links people in the third world needing small loans to set up a business (micro financing) with individuals wanting to lend small amounts (upwards of $25) - check out In four years over 84 million dollars has been lent through Kiva. Jessica is just inspirational as a young leader following through on a great way of using technology - I pray for God to raise up Kerith Jessicas!
Finally a wake up call from a guy called Harvey Carey who leads a multicultural church in Detroit - we were all on our feet by the time he finished!
So a great day. What I love is that you don't just have to take my word for how good the speakers have been, but in October you can hear them too. Be there!
Tomorrow we have prerecorded interviews with Bono and Tony Blair, as well as a number of live speakers - I can't wait!

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1 comment:

Hanna (The Leadership Summit) said...

Hey Simon- so cool to read your feedback from the Summit. You might want to check out for follow up content (like Gary Hamel's blog: and free audiocasts. Thanks for posting your response to the speakers and being a part of this year's Summit.