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Leading From A Place Of Hope

  • We may not know all the facts surrounding our life, but we do know the truth of the Word of God
  • You do what you want from passion
  • When our leadership stems from obligation instead of passion, we lose hope
  • You need hope to step out and take a risk
  • Many church leaders spend a lot of time praying for a miracle but will not step into the place where miracles happen.  Step out of the boat!
  • Jesus wants us to take the light that we have and run into the darkness to illuminate it; to give them hope.
  • It does not take much light to illuminate the darkness, we just have to be willing to take the risk to go into it.
  • Our hope lies in Jesus

Catalyst One Day

Jason Petermann  —  March 25, 2010 — 1 Comment

I am headed out the door to go to the Catalyst One Day – Chicago event. Chicago is one of my favorite cities, so I will enjoy the drive, the familiar surroundings, and hopefully some good Chicago pizza!.  The event is being held at Willow Creek Community Church, which I have wanted to visit for a long time as well.  I lived near the city for 12 years and never took the opportunity to go check it out – my mistake!

I am also fortunate enough to get to take my wife with me for this event which is possible because I won a ticket from Scott Hodge and The Orchard Church (thanks again guys!).  It will be a great day of learning and encouragement! It will be a great day of connecting with other leaders.  It will be a great day to be with my wife.  Bottom line: It will be a great day!

I had the privilege of winning a ticket yesterday thanks to Scott Hodge and the good people of The Orchard.  My wife and I just had a discussion the night before on whether we would be able to go or not, and this sealed the deal!  If you are considering it, make sure and get your ticket(s) before the end of the day on Thursday to take advantage of the best rates.  Here is just a little taste of what the Catalyst One Day event is all about…

Early Bird deadline is THIS THURSDAY, January 28th.  You can Register here.


Take-away #5 from Chuck Swindoll

“You will have people that worship you and those that criticize you.  Neither deserve much of your time.”

  • The first thing I thought of was a statement I heard in my first ministry; “Praise is like perfume, it smells nice, but you don’t want to drink it!”
  • Praise from people is something we all like to hear, but none of us like to admit.  It is good to get a pat on the back once and a while.  We all need that, and as a leader, I should make sure that I do that regularly.  But, the end results of the day are not how many atta-boys we get, but how many lives are changed.  That is all that matters.  How well we did or did not do is of no consequence.
  • That does not excuse proper preparation.  We need to prepare as if it is the last message we will ever speak or sing.  But the results are up to God, not us.
  • The praise of man can be dangerous, almost intoxicating.  But it means nothing if we are not speaking what God tells us to speak.  We should never prepare a message for the atta-boys!  We should prepare it for life change in people.
  • In the same way, criticism can not the strength out of you.  It can take away any motivation that you have to serve people and make you think that you are making no difference or very little impact for the Kingdom.
  • The difference in critiquing and criticism is this: criticism is based on a preference that someone has and a motivation to make you what that person wants; critiquing is a desire to see someone succeed and become what God wants you to be.  Getting advice and counsel from people is wise.  The wisest man to ever live wrote a lot about getting counsel.
  • We must be careful that we do not base ministry direction on the criticism of people.  We must do what God calls us to do.  It is HIS church, not the critics. (That does not discount wise counsel, but wise counsel does NOT come from someone who constantly criticizes, no matter how much they may give or how much influence they may have.)
  • At the end of the day, we have to answer for our obedience to God’s plan for our life, not the critics plan and not the plan of the person who constantly praises us.


Take-away #4 from Chuck Swindoll

“Tradition is the living faith of those dead passed down.  Traditionalism is the dead faith of those still living.”

(Yes, another one from Chuck Swindoll!  I have one more from him, as he is such a well of wisdom!)

My thoughts:

  • I think too many people buck tradition because it is tradition and no other reason.  I used to work for a pastor that said,  “tradition is good, if it is good tradition.”
  • I also think too many people hold on to tradition just because it is tradition.  Not all tradition is good.  Just because it was done does not mean it should still be done.
  • When your focus is on Jesus, and helping people take steps towards Jesus, you will hold on to some tradition.  Even if you are a progressive, contemporary church, you will still have some tradition, and you will create your own tradition.  That is not a bad thing.
  • The difference between tradition and traditionalism is where it lies in your worship.
  • Tradition is good when it is used as part of your worship.  Traditionalism is taking tradition and making it the object of your worship.
  • Is does not matter if you use hymns or contemporary music, whether you dress in a suit and tie or wear blue jeans; both extremes can be a focus of traditionalism.
  • The key: Keep your eyes on Jesus and be who God called you to be.  Realize that there are differences.  Learn to celebrate the differences and be glad that those differences allow us to reach different people. And remember, God is the focus of our worship.
  • Use tradition to worship Him, but do not let it become the focus or our worship and turn in to traditionalism.