So Drive started tonight. Wonderful to see real live Connexus people again (our road trip crew made it safely!) Also great opening session with Andy Stanley. But here’s what grabbed me as much as anything today.
I had the opportunity to be at the North Point staff meeting before Drive and all staff got a conference lanyard with this number on it: 606,079. So what’s the deal? Here it is: that number represents every person affiliated with a church that has leaders at Drive. In other words, what we learn together as a community in these next three days can influence over half a million people globally when we get back to our churches. Mix that in with Orange last week and the total skyrockets way past one million lives.
The great leadership team at North Point and Orange realize that great leaders multiply their influence. The leaders here do it by investing heavily in other leader who in turn impact cities and countries all over.
Who are you building into? Not just hanging with, but mentoring, growing, stretching? Believe it or not, if you step forward willing to be used by God, He might use you to influence dozens, hundreds, maybe even thousands over your life — all for good, all for God. Three years into this relationship with the leaders and Orange and North Point, I can’t tell you how deeply their love, wisdom, intelligence and kindness has influenced me, and consequently in some way, over 1100 people who we’ve already influenced in our first six months at Connexus.
So – keep the story going. Build into someone. Multiply your influence.
P.S. Speaking at Drive tomorrow morning and afternoon. I’d be so grateful if you would pray for God to use that time powerfully.