The day began with an opening talk by Andy Stanley.  His premise was simple but extremely overlooked or unconsidered; what do you do when it dawns on you that you’re the most powerful person in the room?  The answer to that question will determine the character and legacy of your leadership.  Thankfully Andy started off by opening up the scriptures and sharing exactly what Jesus did when he found himself in that position. 

John 13
“It was just before the Passover feast, and Jesus knew that the time had come for Him to leave this world and go to the Father… Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God so he got up from his meal, took off his outer clothing and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he was wearing around him.”
At the point where Jesus realized he was the most powerful person in the room and in this world, he sheds his symbol of authority and humbles himself.  He refused to leverage his power for his own sake, but leverages it for the other people in the room.  What will we do as leaders?

You can learn more about Andy, including listening to his messages at http://www.northpoint.org/.

The next speaker was Patrick Lencioni.  He talked about the keys to a miserable job (also the topic of his latest book).  The three keys to a miserable job are anonymity, irrelevance and measurement.  If a person isn’t a noticeable team member, the work is not understood in conjunction with the overall goal, and has no way to measure its effectiveness – then the person is likely to be miserable. 

You can learn more about Patrick at http://www.tablegroup.com/.

We returned from lunch to a panel discussion about the book unChristian.  The book presents 3 years worth of research by the Barna Group on what today’s emerging generation thinks about Christians.  I picked up the book and have just begun to get into it. 

Pick up the book on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0801013003/ref=s9_asin_image_1/104-8231556-1567111?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-1&pf_rd_r=0QVP2F675E61AAC7GF4Z&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=278240701&pf_rd_i=507846.

Shane Claiborne then took the stage and began talking about something that I’ve been mulling over for the past several months.  How does our faith intersect with our culture and environment?  I still haven’t figured out where I stand on a lot of the way Shane portrays himself, but I saw Chris in Shane and his story.  And he had the raddest pair of pants on that I’ve seen in a long time…

Learn more about Shane at http://www.thesimpleway.org/index.html.

Francis Chan then spoke about God’s purpose for our lives.  He had a quote that set me back a bit until I understood what he was alluding to:  If Jesus had a church in Simi Valley, I bet mine would be bigger. If the apostle Paul had a church in Simi Valley, I bet mine would be larger. In fact, I bet people would leave their churches to come to mine. I would be more popular than Jesus. Why? Because I don’t call them to the same commitment Jesus would call them to. He would challenge them to a tougher calling of sacrifice and crucifixion.
And if that wasn’t enough to walk away with, he talked about how we’re told that Jesus will spew the lukewarm out of his mouth.  He said he would rather have just a few behind him and be able to say “Jesus, these are all I had left, but they are crazy in love with you. They sacrificed all of their lives to serve you.”
God wasn’t the one who gave you a spirit of timidity. God made you for a purpose. He empowered you for a purpose, he dwells in you for a purpose, and He will hold you accountable for that purpose.
You can learn more about Francis and hear his messages at http://www.cornerstonesimi.com/.

The next guy, Pastor Sunday Adelaja, stepped on stage on leave from the church he pastors – Europe’s largest church in Ukraine.  After a rough first year of trying to do church in Ukraine, Pastor Sunday heard God telling him to quit trying to do church inside the four walls and get involved in the culture.  He stated that if you want to impact your culture you have to be involved in every aspect, not just the spiritual (politics, economics, education, media and sports). 

You can learn more about Pastor Sunday at http://www.godembassy.org/index_en.php.

And finally, the day ended with Rick Warren taking the stage.  And while I was tempted to leave early and begin unpacking some of the overwhelming amount of information from day 1, I’m glad I didn’t.  He made a few comments about loving the church because it’s the bride of Christ, but the section that made it worth the time for me was when he began describing how the body of Christ is positioned for a second Reformation.  The first Reformation was about creeds. The second one will be about deeds. As the church we’ve not had congruence between what we say and what we do. We’ve been taught what to believe, it’s time we focus on how we behave.  In the last 25 years, the hands and feet have been amputated from the body of Christ, and we’ve been left with only a mouth. I want Christians to be known for what we do, not for what we speak out against.
You can learn more about Rick at http://www.saddleback.com/flash/default.htm.