Friday, August 9, 2013

Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit--Oscar Muriu

Viral Leadership:  Multiplying Your Impact Exponentially--

(At age 20 he started a church with 20 people and now has 14,000 weekly attenders across all the church venues.)

Three years ago I attended the summit and bought the CDs from 1995-2009 summits and am working my way through them, listening to the speakers.

As a rookie pastor fresh out of Bible school I went to Nairobi chapel with no clue what I was getting myself into.  The church grew from 20 to 80 people in the first year.  Within 3 more years they grew to 500 people.

Quickly realized my personal leadership capacity could not keep up with the growth so I began to ask the Lord "Where do I find leaders?"   God gave me 5 convictions.

Now the Nairobi Chapel has 40 churches and the goal is to plant 300 churches by 2020 around the world.

5 convictions about leadership development--

1)  Matthew 9:37,38-- The size of your harvest depends on how many leaders you have--there is no problem with the harvest; only lack is harvesters.  The more harvesters we commission the greater the harvest will be.  Jesus' own strategy was to first find His leaders and to invest Himself in their lives, to call them to walk with Him.   If you don't have leaders around you then the reach of your ministry will be limited to your personal capacity.  One of the signs of great leadership is how many leaders you raised up who will continue the work after you.  Your impact will depend not on how hard you worked but how many harvesters you raised up.

2)   Psalm 71:18 -- Live for the next generation.  Don't live just for your own generation -- When you live with your own generation you die with your own generation and your vision will die with you.  The only way your vision will live beyond you is to instill it in those who will be there when you are gone.  Who am I investing in that is at least 20 years younger than I?

3)  Numbers 11:10-17--God promised to give Moses 70 leaders filled with the Spirit to share in leading.  Moses was troubled with discouragement and burn-out.  There were already 70 first-class leaders there waiting because Moses was able to appoint them in one day.  Some of your best leaders are right under your nose.  You can't see them even though everyone else can.  Two of these leaders in Nairobi got married and pledge to give more than 25 years of their life to ministry and asked to be sent as church planters to each continent of the world for five years at a time to plant a church in each.

4)  Mark 12:30-33--Instill the five loves into your budding leaders.--Love God with your heart and mind and soul and strength and love your neighbor as yourself.  Loving God with your heart is a matter of character.  Loving God with your soul is a matter of conviction.  Loving the Lord with your mind is a matter of comprehension.  Loving the Lord with your strength is a matter of competence.   Loving your neighbor as yourself is a matter of compassion.  If your young leaders learn these 5 loves and embrace them and live them, that's it.

5)  Acts 4:13 --Never do ministry alone.  Always have budding leaders around you.  When they looked at early church leaders they saw Jesus.  What was the training?  The time He spent with them.  You need to ensure you always have budding leaders around you.  If you're alone you miss the opportunity to mentor.  Let them live in your home.  Never waste an opportunity.  500 have gone through mentorship training in our church and they will be the ones planting churches.  The more harvesters you have the larger your harvest will be.

We don't have a lot of resources but we innovate and find a way to do it.  You can do it, too, because the harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few.

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