I was at Elephant Room this week, a forum hosted by Harvest Bible Chapel for pastors and church leaders.
Here are a few insights that really impacted me (in no particular order):
“It’s easier to be a critic than to be a pastor.” Mark Driscoll
“The devil can’t steal my ministry. He has no authority. So he’ll just steal the joy of my ministry.” Wayne Cordeiro
“Write the cheque. Go back to sleep.” James MacDonald on the limits of cheque-book evangelism.
“None of our books will be on sale in heaven.” T.D. Jakes, on the limits of human theology.
“You can’t integrate the church until you integrate your life.” T.D. Jakes on racial integration.
“You are ready for restoration in ministry when you are known more for your repentance than for your sin.” Spurgeon (via T.D. Jakes)
“You can teach what you know but you reproduce what you are.” Wayne Cordeiro
“We use anger as a substitute for the anointing of God.” T.D. Jakes on how some preachers over-rely on anger in preaching.
“Just because someone doesn’t want you in their circle anymore doesn’t mean that they can’t be in yours.” James Macdonald quoting Craig Groeschel
“There is a difference between leadership development and developing leaders.” (missed the source)
And finally, this raw confession:
“I always knew God loved me, but I thought it was because he had to. Now I realize he wants to.” Steven Furtick
Loved the Elephant Room.
What other insights have you gleaned lately, at the ER or elsewhere that have helped you?