IMG_2686There is a remarkable leadership conference that has spread across the USA and now has surpassed its American growth with spectacular inroads on an international level.  I have attended this conference for the sixth time and have been amazed every time that I attend.  The learning is on a high level, it is practical, it is stretching, it is challenging.  It is called the Global Leadership Summit.

Each year this Leadership Conference is held at Willow Creek Church in Illinois.  The conference is broadcast to satellite sites all across the nation and around the world.  Their faculty is a stunning array of gifted and successful people with a lot to contribute.

This year I was challenged by the host of the conference, Bill Hybels.  His presentation was on the need for courage while leading.  His text was Joshua 1.7 “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.”

God gives to His chosen leaders visions to show them how and where to lead His people.  It is not magical nor is it any attempt to redefine revelation.  Instead, it is a matter of growing in a deeper relationship with God and learning to sense His direction for the ministry or business that He has placed us in.

He shared some touching stories about learning to take God’s cue and launch a vision.  Often these ventures required money, a lot of money.  Nevertheless, when God’s things are done God’s way never lacks God’s supplies.  It is amazing that this faith perspective spreads not only throughout China but also works where His leaders of faith and vision live.

No vision that God gives is easy.  Each one requires faith.  As long as we keep our eyes on Him and our trust is in Him, then visions have a way of becoming reality.

Circumstances loom large when visions are dispensed.  We humans have a finely tuned ability to multi-layer our doubts.  If circumstances are not enough, then  obstructionist people pick up where those circumstances end.

The sad truth is that fear too often trumps courage.  When that happens, good visions die.  We ignore what God wants done.

Godly leaders never cower behind fear.  They face whatever challenges God gives and lead with the power of the Spirit.  Leaders act with courage as they lead with vision.

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