Sometimes the best conversations cover a range of topics, and that’s exactly what happens as Carey Nieuwhof sits down backstage with Geoff Surratt and Brad Lomenick to talk about the future of the church, who’s really reaching the next generation and ask each leader what their biggest mistakes in leadership were.
While this backstage conversation can speak to you right now, there’s more.
You’re invited to have conversations like this one at the Rethink Leadership event in Atlanta on April 27-29th. It’s a special gathering for senior leaders hosted by senior leaders.
Plus, listen to the end for your chance to attend a VIP reception with Carey, Geoff, Brad and other leaders.
But in the meantime, get ready to hear what Geoff, Brad and Carey share about Millennials, the future church and their leadership mistakes.
Welcome to Episode 74 of the Podcast.
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If you’re going to be affective in the future, what’s it going to take? Carey, Geoff and Brad talk about what they’ve learned in their experience in leadership, take a look at what they would have done differently and break down how to reach the under 35 crowd.
- Encourage collaboration among generations. Not only do millennials want to be part of the conversation, they want to be part of the decision-making. While younger leaders have been undermined in the past, more experienced leaders are taking the time to notice what millennials have to offer to the longevity of their ministries. Sometimes this is difficult for senior leaders because they think they’re the only ones with good ideas.
- Be aware of the pace of change. Technology has enhanced the pace of change, and it’s easy to get caught up in what’s popular in the moment. But trends can be deceiving, so don’t confuse today’s methods with the future of your mission.
- Never stop asking questions. Curious leaders have an appetite to want to learn more from others, and they’re not shy about asking questions, even if they’re looking to the younger generation for guidance. Maintain a humble heart, and find confidence in knowing that you don’t always have to have a good answer, but you can always ask a good question.
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Next Episode: Jonathan Pearson
So what are the strengths and weaknesses of leaders under 35? Jonathan Pearson has written a book for Millennials and, at age 29, leads a campus of 1400 for a large church. He offers some honest, humble insights about his generation and how to work with them.