The Barnabas Factor (I came in late for this)
- Gifted young leaders are going to be weird and have blindspots. If it’s not sin, support them and their annointing (if there is good fruit, they are annointed), regardless of your comfort zone.
- Defend the right to be different! Judge the fruit, not the person.
- Not giving people a platform they can’t handle, but giving them all they can handle.
- Put young leaders on the platform when you are there. He said that he comes back early from vacation and sits in the front row and takes notes from whoever is speaking in his place.
- When developing leaders don’t be afraid of failing, but be afraid of fatal flaws (something that can destroy the ministry).
- They have nearly 8,000 people in their congregation but none of their sites are bigger than 550 people. This is intentional because he feels that once you get larger than this you start having professional “casting calls” instead of empowering young leaders.
- Ministry is addictive (in a good way). Don’t ask new leaders for too much too fast. Lower the bar enough for them to gain entry and once they are in they will become addicted and raise the bar themselves.
- The pony is more important than the mail (Pony Express). If you burn out your leaders, you won’t have any ministry.
- Develop a nose for leaders and a heart for the regular guy.
- Beware of high-passion and highly contentious people – even if they are passionate and contentious for a good cause. Contentious people are like pit bulls and they will always end up biting you.
- Beware of smothering discipleship that creates co-dependency. I believe here he was referring to creating disciples of a particular leader and becoming dependent on that leader (and vice versa) instead of Christ.
- Empowerment and excellency will always be in tension.
- Never confuse a helper with a leader. A helper assists with work. A leader leverages work.
- The leaders who got you here may not be the leaders who can get you there.
This guy was awesome. I could sit at his feet and be smothered by his discipleship all day long.