Meeting with Larry
Some 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.