Andy Stanley’s Two Questions on How to Be a Change Maker

I am blogging from Atlanta, Georgia at the 2014 Catalyst Conference. I have the honor of joining the Catalyst Blogger Team and, I’m publishing live notes and key insights on the speaker sessions. Speaker lineups include, Andy Stanley, Tim Keller, Christine Caine, Matt Chandler, Charles Duhigg and many more. I hope these insights will empower you to rise to the top.

Key Verse: Nehemiah 1:11: Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of these your servants and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give them success today by granting your favor.

Two pivotal questions every leader must ask:

1) Who are you?

2) What breaks your heart?

There’s an undeniable correlation between leadership and change.

  • Great leaders make things better.
  • Great leaders love progress.
  • Great leaders love to fix things that are broken.

For John Maxwell, he was a leader. What broke his heart was a lack of effective leaders in the church. He introduced the topic of leadership in the church. Leadership is second nature now to churches.

Great leaders do not blame. Blame is the most effective change avoidant strategy. When you blame, you abdicated leadership.

We are not just leaders. We are called leaders. As you think about your leadership gift, things breaks your heart, you have been invited into the story of God that began before you and will go after you.

You are not called to change the world; you have been called to change to something.

Lean into the thing that breaks your heart.

Many years later, what would you like people to thank you for.

What originates God orchestrates. If God originated a broken heart in you, “how” is not a problem.  Leaders figure out how. If how was so obvious, it would already be done.

Your talents, gifts, and interests will intersect with God’s purposes for the world. All Christians should be baffled by pride and arrogance.

Question: How will you change and lead based on who you are and what breaks your heart?