Top 10 Leadership Quotes From Catalyst West 2016

Catalyst West leadership quotes from the 2016 conference.

Each spring, a few thousand young leaders gather in Southern California to learn leadership at the Catalyst West Conference. Here are the top leadership quotes from the 2016 training, as seen in the #CatalystWest Twitter feed:

TOP 10 CATALYST WEST LEADERSHIP QUOTES

#10. How can we claim to be closest to the creator of the universe and be furthest away from the creative act? – @erwinmcmanus

#9. People need a compelling reason to come to church because they have a compelling reason not to. – @donaldmiller

#8. People will not let go until they know where you want them to go. – @AndyStanley

#7. It’s not about being still & FEELING He is God, it’s about being still & KNOWING He is God. – @louiegiglio

#6. Insecure people talk about themselves. Confident people talk about others. – @donaldmiller

#5. When people are pressuring you to take a stand, they are usually pressuring you to take their stand. – @andystanley

#4. The difference between noise & music is rules. – @donaldmiller

#3. You can’t see new opportunities looking back at old regret. – @ChrisHogan360

#2. Deliver bad news early, it gives you more chance to fix it. – GuyKawasaki

#1. You’ll learn more from people you don’t understand than people you agree with already. – @AndyStanley

BONUS CATALYST WEST LEADERSHIP QUOTES

CatalystYour greatest contribution in life may may not be something you do but rather someone you’re raising. – @AndyStanley

Be a STUDENT, not a CRITIC… Always seek to understand – @AndyStanley

If you’re a critic before you’re a student – you will learn nothing. – @AndyStanley

Disturb the status quo. Wonder is as threatening and disruptive as it is inspiring. – @AndyStanley

There is no progress without imagination. – @AndyStanley

It is human nature to resist what we don’t understand or can’t control. – @AndyStanley

When wonder is awakened, we are suddenly aware that what is isn’t all that is. – @AndyStanley

People do not buy the best products and services; they buy what they can understand the quickest. – @donaldmiller

We must understand the internal frustrations of the people we are trying to lead. – @donaldmiller

If you don’t clearly and confidently ask people to do something, they won’t do it. – @donaldmiller

Stories are formulaic – the brain is drawn to clarity. – @donaldmiller

If your website doesn’t have a call to action you will lose your traffic. – @donaldmiller

If you are relying on guilt or tradition to build your church, you won’t. – @donaldmiller

We were designed to create the future. What do you think our choices do? – @erwinmcmanus

The whole movement of Jesus is built on dreamers and visionaries. – @erwinmcmanus

We live in the past, we’re trapped in the present, but we’re made for the future. – @erwinmcmanus

Humans materialize the invisible – no other species can do this. – @erwinmcmanus

Humans were created with the highest intention, but we have the ability to live unintentional lives. – @erwinmcmanus

On branding: “If you don’t clearly and confidently ask people to do something, they won’t.” – @donaldmiller

There is a temptation in every leader when they are insecure is to talk about themselves. – @donaldmiller

Your brain spends 30% of its time daydreaming. – @donaldmiller

The people who communicate clearly are chosen as leaders. – @donaldmiller

We live in a culture that’s so addicted to the big and spectacular, that we can miss God in small things. – @djstrickland

Empower people to take actions, treat them as adults. Assume good until proven bad. – @GuyKawasaki

Let it go. Everytime you grab on to old hurt, we do new harm. – @ChrisHogan360

No matter where you are and what you are walking through, God can. – @ChrisHogan360

Someone, somewhere is waiting on you to become what God has called you to be.- @ChrisHogan360

It’s hard to be hateful when you’re grateful. – @ChrisHogan360

It’s important to know what are eyes are on. If our eyes are on problems, then we will have problems. – @ChrisHogan360

Am I good enough? God said “Yes.” God is in the business of using ordinary people to do incredible things. – @ChrisHogan360

We have to look at problems, but we have to see the opportunities. – @ChrisHogan360

Jesus is sending us out into a dangerous community, not to make a point but to make a difference. – @AndyStanley

There are questions you should never answer—not because you don’t have an answer, but because of who is asking. – @AndyStanley

Never be too proud to beg for God’s help for yourself, for your children, for your church. – @chadcveach

When we have an experience with God, it changes us and people can see it. – @shelenebryan

Sometimes negative experiences deplete us and rob us of the joy of the mission God has set before us.- @shelenebryan

When was the last time you did something for the first time? – Seth Godin via @shelenebryan

It’s okay to not be okay. – @triplee

We use music to express our pain and frustration. – @TripLee

Somewhere someone is waiting on you to become what God called you to be. – @chrishogan

Our story begins in Genesis 1 not Genesis 3. We are made good. – @djstrickland

Do you see the bigness of God in the smallness of He’s imprinted in our lives? – @djstrickland

We live in a culture that’s so addicted to the big and spectacular, that we can miss God in small things. – @djstrickland

Eaters believe if others eat more, we eat less. Bakers know we can always make more. Be a baker. – @GuyKawasaki

The key to enchanting your boss (wife) is to drop everything else. – @GuyKawasaki

Great enchanters are great presenters. – @GuyKawasaki

Be sure to enchant all the influencers. – @GuyKawasaki

If you want to be enchanting, be elegant. – @GuyKawasaki

I pray that the sufficiency of God will wipe away our insufficiencies.- @louiegiglio

Never dumb down the truth, and never turn down the grace – @AndyStanley

It’s not enough to do good in the community you must be seen doing good in the community. – @andystanley Matthew5

Distinguishing between theology and ministry liberates ministry without compromising theology – @AndyStanley

Do NOT lean heavily on systems to minister to individuals. Ministry happens best face-to-face. – @AndyStanley

Some questions should never be answered if they undermine your influence. – @AndyStanley

There are questions you should never answer—not because you don’t have an answer, but because of who is asking. – @AndyStanley

If we want to awaken culture to the wonder of the church, we need to love our enemies. – @andystanley

Think twice before answering a question that has the potential to burn a bridge or close a door. – @AndyStanley

Your story in ministry started because your heart was broken for a group of people. – @AndyStanley

“Always” + “Everybody” = Rigid Ministry System that will break down under the pressure of the real world. – @AndyStanley

Distinguishing between theology & ministry liberates ministry without comprising theology. – @AndyStanley

Jesus never allowed His perfect theology to get in the way of ministry. – @andystanley

Ministry is how we treat people based on what we believe. – @AndyStanley

If you do not distinguish the difference between ministry and theology you lose at both. – @AndyStanley

Sin always makes a promise it can’t keep and always produces a consequence that lasts a long time. – @AndyStanley

The church should like the people who look nothing like the church. – @AndyStanley

The grace/truth tension requires that we present the ideal while embracing the real. – @AndyStanley

Jesus was full of truth and grace. He never dumbed down the truth and he never turned down the grace. – @AndyStanley

Jesus was gloriously inconsistent because he was full of grace & truth. – @AndyStanley

Jesus is not the balance of grace and truth, he fully embodied both grace and truth. – @AndyStanley

Put other people ahead of yourself because that’s what your Heavenly Father did for you. – @AndyStanley

Cesar Augustus became a footnote in the story of Jesus of Nazareth, we now have a place in His story – @AndyStanley

Never give up influence unnecessarily… don’t make a point at the expense of making a difference. – @AndyStanley

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Best Church Leadership Resources – Podcasts, Books, Conferences, Blogs

A list of the best church leadership resource, including podcasts, books, conferences and blogs.

People often ask about the best resources to help them lead. Below are some of my personal favorites.

BEST LEADERSHIP BLOGS AND ARTICLES

BlogDan Reiland – Developing Church Leaders: Dan is one of the wisest leaders I know. He has gained that wisdom from years working in the trenches with John Maxwell and Kevin Myers. He knows how to run churches well and desires to share that information to help others. He does so at: http://danreiland.com

Xpastor: Xpastor is a website aimed at executive & senior pastors. When the executive pastor position was just coming on the scene, David Fletcher started the website. He used it define the position and help churches identify good executive pastors (“XPs”). Since that time David has collected helpful church leadership articles from some of the best pastors out there: http://www.xpastor.org

CHURCHLEADERS: Great compilation of blog posts from church leaders: http://www.churchleaders.com/

Brian Dodd On Leadership: Brian’s heart just oozes leadership. He finds management wisdom in everything he sees. He shares great insights and resources at: http://www.briandoddonleadership.com

Tony Morgan Live: Thoughtful and useful articles on church management: https://tonymorganlive.com/

Executive Pastor Online: Kevin Stone shares practical church leadership information: ExecutivePastorOnline.com

Harvard Business Review: Truly excellent insights on people, teams and running organizations: https://hbr.org/

Smart SenseAbilities: Kate Nasser’s thoughtful advice: http://katenasser.com/articles/

Dan Black on Leadership: Pithy and practical: http://danblackonleadership.info/

 

BEST CHURCH LEADERSHIP PODCASTS

PodcastThe Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast: Carey is a large church pastor with a passion for leadership and to develop others. He does so with positive energy and an approachable style. Carey gathers some of the best church leadership minds for his weekly podcast: http://careynieuwhof.com/mypodcast/

The Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast: Outstanding ministry advice from one of the most influential church leaders of our time: http://northpoint.org/resources/podcasts

The Unseminary Podcast: Rich Birch covers a broad range of church leadership topics in a helpful way: http://www.unseminary.com/category/podcast/

The Catalyst Ministry Podcast: The latest thinking coming from the influential folks at Catalyst: http://catalyst.libsyn.com

 

BEST CHURCH LEADERSHIP CONFERENCES

Orange ConferenceThe Orange Conference and Orange Tour: Excellent resource senior pastors, children’s pastors, student pastors and family pastors. Few conferences can equal the consistent quality of content and presentation: http://theorangeconference.com/

The Catalyst Conference and Catalyst One Day: Some of the biggest name speakers and a great focus on the future. Get the conference videos and share them with your staff: https://catalystconference.com/

The Global Leadership Summit: Willow Creek’s excellent annual leadership training. Again, be sure to get the conference videos: http://www.willowcreek.com/events/leadership/

The Outcomes Conference: The Christian Leadership Alliance’s yearly conference for equipping church leaders: http://www.outcomesconference.org/

XPastor Conference: David Fletcher’s wonderful resource for executive pastors and senior pastors: http://www.xpastor.org/

Sticky Teams Conference: Larry Osborne and North Coast Training offer some of the most practical and effective advice I’ve seen: http://northcoasttraining.org/

Exponential Conference: Great resource for church planters: https://www.exponential.org/

Drive Conference: Offered by Andy Stanley’s North Point Church every few years. Focuses on applicable advice for church leaders: http://driveconference.com/

DiscipleShift 1: For church leaders who want to make discipleship (spiritual growth) a priority. Unique conference taught in small groups:  http://www.rlmchurchtraininganddevelopment.com/training/discipleshift-1-training/

 

BEST CHURCH LEADERSHIP BOOKS

Axiom by Bill Hybels
Sticky Teams by Larry Osborne
Deep and Wide by Andy Stanley
Simple Church by Thom Rainer
The Purpose Driven Church by Rick Warren
7 Practices of Effective Ministry by Andy Stanley
Church Unique by Will Mancini
Winning With People by John Maxwell
Next Generation Leader by Andy Stanley
Spiritual Leadership by Henry and Richard Blackaby
Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders
Knowing God by J.I. Packer
Building Below The Waterline by Gordon MacDonald
Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas
Soul Keeping by John Ortberg
Leading on Empty by Wayne Cordeiro
Contagious Generosity by Chris Willard and Jim Sheppard
Second in Command by Dutch Sheets and Christ Jackson
Leading from the Second Chair by Mike Bonem and Roger Patterson
Church Is a Team Sport by Jim Putman
Think Orange by Reggie Joiner
21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell
Made to Stick by Chip and Dan Heath
Platform by Michael Hyatt
Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni
Good to Great by Jim Collins
Thinking for a Change by John Maxwell
Leadership Divided by Ron Carucci
Necessary Endings by Henry Cloud

BooksNote that this is not an exhaustive list. There are many other great resources out there. Feel free to share your favorites with me!

I will update this list as I find additional excellent resources.

 

 

 


 

Top 10 Leadership Quotes From Catalyst West 2015

Leadership quotes from Catalyst West 2015,

#CatalystWest 2015 is the Catalyst West conference, a training experience for the next generation of leaders. It was held in Southern California during April. Here are my top 10 leadership quotes from the conference (taken from #CatalystWest on Twitter):

#10. Leaders are designed to be dissatisfied with status quo. That’s not a problem, it’s a calling. – @AndyStanley (via @hinscheman)

#9. Failure isn’t a person, it’s a event. It doesn’t define who you are. – @craiggroeschel (via @PaulLuna)

#8. To reach people no one is reaching, we must do things no one is doing. – @craiggroeschel (via @BigJHuanosto)

#7. Your greatest contribution may not be something you do. It may be someone you raise. –  AndyStanley (via @FlippenAwesome)

#6. The thinking that gets you into a problem never gets you out; You’ve got to change your thinking. – @KentonBeshore (via @PaulLuna)

#5. Leaders don’t get into trouble all at once. It happens one step at a time. – @CraigGroeschel

#4. Many years from now, what would you like people to thank you for? – @AndyStanley (via @BigJHuanosto)

#3. Leaders don’t blame. Blame is an effective change-avoidance strategy. – @AndyStanley (via @HaleyVeturis)

#2. Organize to your vision statement. – @AndyStanley

#1. We don’t want to copy other leaders. We want to think like they think. – @CraigGroeschel (via @misterlib)

BONUS QUOTES

If you aren’t failing every now and then, you’re playing it too safe. – Craig Groeschel (via @Cory_Huffman)

Failure is not an option, it’s a necessity. Faith takes risks. @craiggroeschel (via @HaleyVeturis)

“Do not be afraid to fail. Failure is the 1st step towards #SUCCESS.” #CraigGroeschel (via @EfrenPenaPR)

“We are all one yes away from changing everything.” – @shelenebryan (via @misterlib)

True love involves doing; it requires action. – @shelenebryan (via @PaulLuna)

I’d rather fail God by thinking too big rather than insult Him by thinking too small. – @CraigGroeschel (via @PaulLuna)

I can’t think of a single hero of the faith that lived a comfortable life. – @shelenebryan (via @suannagutierrez)

If you are innovative, you are going to offend some Pharisees. – @CraigGroeschel (via @drewruiz85)

Failure is not an option, it’s a necessity. Faith takes risks. @craiggroeschel (via @HaleyVeturis)

The fear of failure drives you to lead without faith. – @craiggroeschel (via @vikramloya)

God guides by what He provides AND by what He WITHHOLDS. – @craiggroeschel (via @BethanyWymore)

There’s an inexorable correlation between leadership & change. – Andy Stanley (via @randysherwood)

Memorable is portable (make your communication memorable so people will take it with them.) – @AndyStanley

Limited resources are not a hindrance to innovation, but a catalyst to innovation. – @CraigGroeschel (via @PaulLuna)

Failure isn’t a person, it’s a event, it doesn’t define who you are. – @craiggroeschel (via @PaulLuna)

 


 

 

Top 10 Leadership Quotes From Catalyst West 2014

The Catalyst West conference is a training experience for the next generation of leaders. It was held in Southern California during the first week of April. Here are my top 10 leadership quotes from the conference (taken from #Catalyst on Twitter):

10. “Biggest obstacle to learning is thinking you already know.” – @mikeerre (via @RobJacobs_)

9. “Be the leader you wish you had.” – @simonsinek (via @dccowan)

8. “Innovation is the clarity to see a problem and the skill to design a solution to that problem.” – @charlestlee (via @pdaarnold)

7. “Anchor your story in hope — not hurt or hype — but HOPE.” ~ @MikeFoster (via @ansonsexton)

6. “To keep talented people engaged, focus discussions of culture and innovation, less on growth and values.” – Charles Lee (via @stustreeter)

5. “Create a safe environment for disagreement.” – @trippcrosby (via @hinscheman)

4. “You can be comfortable OR courageous, but you can’t be both.” – @MikeFoster (via @RobJacobs_)

3. “If everything is important, nothing is.” – @DrHenryCloud (via @chuck_franklin)

2. “Stop telling people how far they have left to go. Instead tell them how far they’ve come.” – @bobgoff (via @ToddAdkins)

1. “The only way to lead a symphony is to turn your back to the crowd and the critics.” – @annvoskamp (via @LindseyNobles)

PLUS 8 BONUS QUOTES

8. “Talking about your idea can trick you into thinking you are doing it.” – @charlestlee (via @toddadkins)

7. “Leadership is not about what you do or what you know, it’s leading out of who you are.” – @DailyFrancis (via @toddadkins)

6. “There’s no short cut to quality.” – @charlestlee (via @catbackstage)

5. “#1. Think big. #2. Start small. #3. Keep moving.” – @charlestlee (via @ksc)

4. “A gift can destroy a leader if their character has not yet developed before they were launched into the spotlight.” – @christinecaine (via haleyveturis)

3. “A poor leader yells. A leader tells. A good leader listens. A Servant Leader understands.” – #Catalyst (via @robjacobs)

2. “Many of us are missing what God already has in front of us because we are looking for the next big thing.” – @ChristineCaine (via @haleyveturis)

1, “Comparison is cancer to contentment.” – #Catalyst (via @joshshipp)

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