CNLP 204: Jon Tyson on Reaching Cynics in NYC and What to do When the Burden of Leadership Feels Too Heavy

Jon Tyson went to New York City to plant a church and has had success in reaching thousands of New Yorkers.

He talks about how the New York mindset is impacting young adults across America, what is effective in reaching young adults, and about what to do when the burden of leadership feels so heavy when Jesus promised it would be light.

Welcome to Episode 204 of the podcastListen and access the show notes below or search for the Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts and listen for free.

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3 Insights from This Episode

1. Hitting a wall is an opportunity to confront and confirm your calling

Leadership is hard, but there is a difference in the hardships a leader experiences when faithfully living out God’s calling and when striving to achieve something motivated by selfish ambition.

But how do you discern between the two?

A leader must take the time to assess his calling, but fine tuning the motives of the heart is intense work. The opportunity usually arises when a wall has been hit and the process can be painful.

God is sending you on an inward journey to go deeper with Him by confronting your own identity. Accepting that invitation and willingly going through the process will rescue you from a place of frustration and bring you a renewed sense of calling.

2. Be aware of the moments you need to surrender and trust

There are two kinds of control – Godly and ungodly.

Godly responsibility (self-control) is obviously the healthy version of the two. Ungodly control is rooted in fear, hurts others and crushes opportunity for joy. It’s the if I don’t make this happen, it won’t get done right lie we often hear in our heads. Trying to be God is exhausting, damaging and has been the downfall of far too many leaders.

Surrender to the truth that –

You cannot control other people.

You cannot control outcomes.

You cannot control the driver’s seat.

Be aware of the moments you need to surrender and trust that God is in charge of your life.

3. Prepare your people for the day they have to leave 

Jon Tyson pastors a church that sees a lot of turnover simply because of the life trends within the city. Because of that fact, his goal each weekend is not to find ways to get people to stay at his church, but rather how to best prepare them for when it’s time for them to leave. Here are the 5 things he wants them to feel when that time comes:

Loved – with the New Testament love of Jesus.

Formed – into the image of Jesus.

Equipped – with tools to follow Jesus well.

Empowered – with the Holy Spirit.

Sent – on a mission.

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CNLP 204: Jon Tyson on Reaching Cynics in NYC and What to do When the Burden of Leadership Feels Too Heavy

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  1. […] Jon Tyson On Reaching Cynics In NYC And What To Do When The Burden Of Leadership Feels Too Heavy on the Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast. I’ve always been intrigued by Jon Tyson’s story. This interview is a great look inside. […]

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