Bill Hybels did the first talk after a rousing introduction. Every time Bill Hybels speaks at the Summit he hits a home run and he did it again today. We’ve got 70 Five Oakers here, and for many of them, this is their first Summit and first time hearing Hybels. A friend, hearing him for the first time last year, commented that she had heard a lot about Hybels, but she’d never heard him and seen his heart. You can’t help but see and feel his heart and it makes a huge impact.
The power in Hybels’ talks, as usual, are his stories. I can’t capture that here, but here are some highlights of his talk:
- Four basic questions Christian leaders use to guide decisions: (1) Does the Bible weigh in? (2) What would smart advisers say? (3) PG&E questions: What have I learned from pain, gains and experiences that might apply? (4) Is the Spirit prompting me?
- By reflecting on life add to the vault of experiences to help in decision making.
- If you’re fuzzy about how a decision was made you’ll have trouble learning from them.
- Reflect enough on leadership to create axioms that work as shortcuts and help in making decisions (axioms that bottle all four questions).
- Some axioms that have helped Hybels: “vision leaks,” “need to get the right people around the table,” “facts are your friends,” “when something feels funky, engage,” “leaders call fouls” (sometimes on themselves), “take a flyer” and “this is church.”
- “Have to get the right people around the table”: Heaven aches for the church to be what it should be for the world.
- “Facts are your friends”: There is s huge chasm between a “growing Christian” and a “Christ-centered Christians.” The Christ-centered will change the world. The Growing Christian, focused on himself and his own growth alone, can’t change even their own block.
- “Take a flyer”: Every once in a while have to create an action plan that rocks our world.