Meeting with Larry

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IMG_20150516_195005Some friends and I sat down with a local pastor last weekend who allowed us to ask him questions about church leadership.  He had some great thoughts and I wanted to share a few of them with you. The pastor is Larry Osborne and his church is North Coast outside of San Diego. Here is some of what he said:

  • You can't have community without healthy relationships.
  • Leaders don't just set goals, they set direction.
  • Our small groups are not judged by the community they build, not the depth of their Bible study.
  • Discipleship is not necessarily leadership.
  • Everything people tell you is a tool, not a rule.
  • Today we live in tribes and are not a part of some homogeneous culture.
  • Who are you and on what can you build?
  • Kids react to "hyper" anything.
  • Ask yourself: did I do my best under the circumstances?
  • Any church venue can work with the right leadership.
  • Use a lot of experiment language... people don't resist "trials."
  • Create culture... make disciples in a healthy church environment.
  • Leadership is an art and it shows up differently in everyone's life.

And finally, the line which has stuck with me the most:

  • You have nothing to prove and no one to impress.