At Catalyst Conference 2012, Andy Stanley of North Point Community Church (Alpharetta, GA) discussed what makes a leader.
People are made leaders. God makes leaders.
Insight alone does not make a leader. When you hear a great leader tell their story, they rarely mention podcasts, conferences, articles, or information.
What makes a leader?
- Unexpected opportunity
A leader may not be the first to recognize opportunity, but a leader is the first to seize opportunity.
- Unavoidable adversity
All leaders face adversity.
- Unquestionable calling
A leader sees a need that isn’t being met and has a burden for it that they just can’t shake.
- My parents always told me, “God has a plan for your life, and you don’t want to miss it.” My parents taught me to pray about it every night.
- My dad refused to make decisions for me. Instead, he encouraged me to pray about it.
- As a freshman in college, the youth minister asked me to start a Bible study. He said, “I have a position and a title, but you (Andy) have influence, and I want you to use it.” It was the first time in my life I was thrown into an arena and didn’t know what to do. There is something powerful in that experiences that shapes and makes you. God may choose you for an unexpected calling that you feel totally unprepared for.
- As a young minister tensions arose between the church I was a part of and the local homosexual community. I saw the local Methodists reach out to them lovingly and invite them to worship, and it impacted me. I saw a need to preach to our congregation about homosexuality in an era when there were no sermons about any type of homosexuality. Pay attention to the tension. Every once and awhile, you will be disturbed deeply by something, and you need to pay attention to that tension. Pay attention to the tension because that his how callings are placed on us. This is how God makes a leader. He stirs our heart.
Special thanks to Skylark Audio Video for covering my travel expenses so that I can live blog the conference for you.