Catalyst 2018 LIVE Notes // Andy Stanley On How To Lead With Courage

I’m live blogging from Catalyst Conference. Catalyst is a next-generation conference that embolden leaders from all over the world. The theme of Catalyst West for 2018 is “Of Good Courage.” Andy Stanley is a best-selling author of senior pastor of North Point Community Church.

A single act of courage is often the catalyst for extraordinary.

Think of the single act of courage of these leaders. It took one single act.

  • Martin Luther –  Breaking with the Catholic Church
  • Bill Hybels – Told his father he wouldn’t be inheriting his father’s family business
  • Rosa Parks – Refused to give up her bus seat

Single act of courage…

  • Abraham
  • Joseph
  • Moses
  • Joshua
  • David
  • Joseph
  • Jesus

Uncertainty is the fertile soils for the leaders to be born.

If we knew the outcome, it wouldn’t take courage.

If you’re a Catalyst leader, you’re passionate about the local church.

Leaders rarely regret the risk they took. They always regret opportunities they missed. The difference is often the lack of courage.

4 Courageous Catalytic Decisions

1. The courage to stay when it would be easier to leave. If you run now, you may never stop running.

You have no idea what hangs in the balance of your decision to stay.

2. The courage to leave when it would be easier to stay.

3. Courage to get help when it would be easier to pretend.

Secrets are dangerous for leaders. If you need help, and you don’t ask for help – you are leading with a limp. They are waiting on your to share the details they already to suspect. We should fear the consequences of concealment more than the consequences of confession.

In your weakness is His strength. His strength is available when we are able to reach out. Face the Goliath, meaning go out and ask for help. That is your moment. That is your Jordan river. Humility is liberating. Humility is an invitation for God to do something unusual. Pride and fear are cells without windows.

It is always easy to hide and pretend. Transformation is going to begin at a one little baby step which will feel like the most courageous think you’ve ever done.

4. Courage to submit when it would be easier to power up. 

You are not the smartest person in your organization. You’re just the leader. The goal is to be the dumbest person at the table. You will look like the smartest person in the room. If you can’t take no for an answer, you’re a sorry leader. It takes courage to surrender. It takes courage to submit.

“Plans fail for a lack of counsel but with many advisers they succeed.” Proverbs 15:22

Fear this…Looking back and wondering what might have been if you had trusted and obeyed.

What story do you want to tell?