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Equip Night Recap

Sept. 15th was a big night at Venture church as we embarked on our first-ever leadership night!

Now some would say, “wait, we do leadership events – we go to Global Leadership summit and we send people to seminars,” and all of that is true. But, Equip Night was about bringing together paid staff, part-time staff, volunteers, and anyone serving in leadership role at Venture church. And, let me tell you, the night was incredible.

It was great to bring people together in community where we could see, sense, and feel that we were part of something bigger than ourselves.

One of my takeaways from the event was this: People felt connected with God, with each other, with their teams, and with the other teams that make up Venture church. But, the greatest part of the night, in my opinion, is this: People felt valued. They felt valued as individuals, they felt valued in their gifts being used for something bigger than themselves, they felt valued for their part in embodying the mission, vision, values and purpose of Venture.

Equip Night equipped people to be influencers wherever they’re at – in the community, in their workplaces, at venture church – living their God-given destiny in this life that God has given to them.

It is something we will repeat annually and I say to the team that put it together, the team that was involved in making it happen: excellent job – thank you!! Kudos for an excellent night that created value, connection, and community.

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Nothing Happens Without Leadership

We’ve all heard it before and we all know this to be true, but nothing happens without leadership. Nothing happens without someone having a vision, without feeling a call, without seeing a need and responding accordingly.

At Venture Church, we put a high priority on leadership and developing leadership. This is evident by the fact that we will take approximately 120 people, including all of our staff, to the Global Leadership Summit this week.

The GLS is an event that literally attracts 200,000+ people and it’s happening again this year, August 10th-11th. It is simulcast at over 200 locations all over the US and, in the months to come, all around the world.

The GLS a highly-impactful 2 days of training and I can’t wait to see what we can glean this year from the incredible lineup of speakers!

Because we know that there are people in our church who serve, who lead, who have generous spirits, but who cannot take off two days of work to attend the GLS, Venture is providing our own leadership training!

We are providing an incredible night for all who serve – our volunteers, our leadership, our ministry leaders and members – at Equip Night 2017!

Equip Night is happening Sept. 15th and it is sure to be a great time of food, laughter, inspiration, teaching and instruction, and a time to specifically delve into the needs of our ministries for the coming season.

All of us can be better leaders.

If you are living and breathing, you have influence and you are a leader.

So, I ask this question: What are you doing to develop your influence? How are you becoming a better leader?

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What the Olympics and a conference have in common

I’ve talked about the Olympics a lot recently, even though they’re done.

I really enjoyed watching water polo, ping pong, fencing and even equestrian stuff. I find the speed, hard work and dedication required so fascinating. It brings out the best in us. It inspires us to step up our own game!

In a lot of ways I believe the Olympics are a picture of what God tells us what the Christian life is like. It’s a journey which requires the highest discipline. 

But I’m glad they’re over.

I stayed up late every night watching them with like an adrenaline high. And so I was pretty worn out by the closing ceremonies. I’m now enjoying more normal sleep patterns.

But before then, I had the amazing opportunity to host more than 170 people at a private viewing of Willow Creek’s Global Leadership Summit.

This is an annual event broadcast live via satellite from Chicago to hundreds of thousands of people around the world. It’s an incredible opportunity to sharpen ourselves as people, as professionals and as a followers of Christ by hearing from the highest level of professional and business speakers as well as pastors.

It’s a two-day opportunity to do an audit of our emotional, relational and spiritual lives. And that exhausted me too.

I learned a LOT and my head is overflowing with a ton of things… but two have really struck a chord with me:

  • “If you’re not dead, you’re not done” was a quote from Craig Groeschel that really resonnated with me. A great reminder for those in their 50s, 60s and 70s who may be coasting in their lives rather than giving God everything they can every day.
  • God didn’t make us leaders to preside over something, he made us leaders to MOVE people! (Bill Hybels)

Have you taken a time to do an audit, relationally, spiritually, emotionally? If not, it’s time.

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