Practical Stuff for Church Leaders

Mark Beeson Closes Innovate

We opened the final session by singing "Happy Birthday" to Billy Graham for his 90th. All 800 of us went up on the stage...it was definitely a first. Then Mark Beeson closed the session with these thoughts...

  • It is tempting to look good for a few minutes. It is easy to look good for a few days, or months, or even years. But eventually, what's inside comes out.
  • I often ask, "Why aren't we reaching more people?" The answer I constantly get is: "When you grow up, I'll give you more."
  • "At the time of year when kings go to war, David stayed home..." It was when the pressure was off that David got lazy and made bad choices.
  • Whoever God gives the message to...it is their responsibility to translate it. It's not the hearer's job to translate.
  • It is the job of the leader to intercept entropy...to smell trouble before others do.
  • In America today, people come to church expecting to feel something (even if they don't understand it).
  • Deep down, we are all 12-year olds. Before commiting to anything, we always ask, "Who else is going?"
  • When you are bringing people on your team...
    • Make sure you are going the same direction and agree on the mission.
    • The more precise you are on who you are and what you are doing--the more latitude you can have on the how it gets done.

A tremendous end to a great conference. If you weren't able to be here, watch the website for videos of some of the sessions.