Willow Creek Association UK & Ireland

WCA UK & Ireland

Don't just focus on getting the right people on the bus. Get the wrong people off the bus, too

Notes from Defining Moments episode, ‘Leading Givers and Takers,’ with Bill Hybels and Jeff Lockyer. Takers can do a huge amount of damage. Identifying takers: When someone uses “I” instead of “we” statements. People who are employed by churches are not perfect – they have not come from ideal backgrounds or circumstances. Many people become […]

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Leadership and Discipleship

Since taking on the Director role in January 2015 I’ve stumbled across a recurrent, increasingly nagging problem: I am not perfect! Of course, I knew this before, but being in this role seems to have clarified it beyond doubt, every day, every conversation, every decision. It is as if leadership is a mirror to the […]

Live for your eulogy, not for your resume - Albert Tate
The Best Leadership Decision He Ever Made

At the Global Leadership Summit a number of years ago Andy Stanley talked about the best leadership decision he ever made. This decision was made at a time when he was starting North Point Community Church and his children were very small.  He had heard people saying, “there is plenty of time to get everything […]

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Focusing on the wildly important

This verse* is from Chris McChesney’s GLS talk last week in Chicago. If, like me, you are prone to setting too many projects and goals with a counterproductive effect, his message will be very helpful to you! He says, “Execution doesn’t like complexity; the two best friends of execution are simplicity and transparency…” and he […]

There is More in You

“There is way more in you than you can imagine.” –Craig Groeschel, GLS 2015   I recently re-watched Craig’s GLS talk about capacity – specifically expanding your leadership capacity. Right from the outset he challenged listeners to determine which out of these five areas they needed to work on: Building your confidence Expanding your connections […]

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Q&A: Growing the Leadership Capacity of Younger Leaders

Q. Leaders grow by leading, but leadership is hard work. How can I encourage younger leaders to grow in capacity and press on rather than cut back or give up??  A. These online video resources might help: What should I look for in a leadership mentor? – Bill Hybels Mentoring – Bill Hybels Testing Capacity – […]

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Loving Leadership

As we look ahead to this year’s GLS, here’s a poignant extract from Bill Hybels’ 2015 talk on The Intangibles of Leadership: “Last week I read 1st Corinthians 13 with my leadership lenses on and here’s how it read… If I cast vision with the tongues of men and angels and have not love, I’m a noisy gong […]

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Learning Through Challenges

Ever had a project not go to plan? 18 months ago we wanted to improve the member website and went with a company that seemed to ‘get’ what we were after. Things went well at first. They had the basic site up in no time allowing us to fill it with hundreds of resources whilst […]

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Dear Friends, I was privileged to attend a coaching session with Bill Hybels the other week when a number of church leaders had the opportunity of questioning Bill about their leadership challenges. Towards the end of the session, Bill talked about total devotion and what he said reminded me of these words from Philippians: So […]