Listening to Perry Noble in real life is a tad different than listening to him on a podcast! Yesterday I had the privilege to attend a conference with Perry Noble as the main speaker.
As a young leader and learner in ministry, I enjoy Perry’s practical advice, leadership lens and his ability to make me laugh along the way. If you started one of the fastest growing churches in America, you bet you have a thing or two to share about growth. And you bet, I’m listening.
Here are some leadership one liners I jotted down:
- Great leadership and church growth come from the overflow of your relationship with Jesus.
- Some people would rather be discovered than developed. Development is a process that is well worth it!
- God develops us in the secret places, in the moments that most people don’t see.
- We can fall in love with the progress more than the process.
- A lot of leaders love imitation rather than revelation. You don’t have to be like everyone else and do what everyone else is doing. Allow God to do something new and unique through you.
- Prayer and perspiration go hand in hand. Just because you are praying and waiting on God doesn’t mean you have to be idle. Pray hard. Work hard.
- Once the stakes become high and we have to make a big faith decision, we play for what we can lose, not what we can gain. God will always ask us to take big steps of faith.
- Those who deify, will crucify. Those who glorify you one day, will tear you down the next. Don’t let your main power source be the approval of people.
- When leading or communicating, always cast vision. Always share the “why” behind the “what.”
- Simplicity is the key to execution.
- Impressing people with your “deep” knowledge leaves people thinking of how smart you are. Deep is not what you know, it is what you do. Do you live what you preach?
- Focus on who people are becoming rather than what they are doing. Care enough about people to walk along side of them.
- Solitude is good but isolation is deadly.
- People feel bad for a victim, but they’ll never follow one.
- Every story can’t be a success story. But, every story should be a love story.
I love that last point. “Every story can’t be a success story. But, every story should be a love story.” Every person, friend, family member that we do life with, may not be a success story. It might be messy and at times painful, but regardless of the ending, the process should always be love. Isn’t it the same for us, too, when it comes to our development personally? Every story in your life won’t be a complete success, but it can be a story of love. It’s definitely a story of grace when Jesus is involved.
I want to live my life like that; and what a challenge it really is. I want to give people my best shot and love people till my guts hurt (and trust me, sometimes it really hurts). I don’t want to run away from the messy and uncomfortable, but face it with bravery and grace. When every story is a love story, I think that ultimately is a success.
What point resonates with you the most?