One of the responsibilities that we have as a leader is to expose ourselves places that leadership is done well. One of those places for me has been Willow Creek Community Church. I attended this past Sunday where they celebrated their 33rd anniversary as a church (I have also had the privilege of being there for their 25th & 30th anniversaries respectively).
One memory of the service that stood out to me was how they had those who have attended Willow since year one sitting on the stage in an intimate environment as they celebrated God's goodness over the past 33 years through the songs of Chuck Girard whose music played a pivotal inspirational role in the early years. This stood out to me because in an age where people changes churches for a variety reasons -- mainly consumeristic-ones, there lay a few hundred people who stayed committed through the tough seasons, changes and probably decisions may be they did not fully agree upon. But saw the grander vision of what God was doing!
Tomorrow I am looking forward to a great day of leadership infusion as I attend the REVEAL conference.