The Summit is one of the highlights of my year. I so wish everyone who follows Christ would attend. No, that's too narrow. Add to that, "And everyone who cares about this world." That's better.
It's like getting a drink of high octane truth and revelation from a fire hydrant. It's rocket fuel for the soul coming at you at mach 2. It can change our lives and those with whom we interact. Here are some sound bytes (forgive my paraphrases & misquotes.)
"We do our best work between 'appropriately challenged' and 'dangerously challenged.'"
"We have to field and develop fantastic people in a fantastic ministry to serve a fantastic God."
"Are you naming, facing and solving the problems that exist in your organization?"
"Can you some up what you're about as a church in 5 words?"
("Love. Evil. Rescue. Choice. Restore.")
"What if your next 5 years were your best 5 years?"
"Data says that everything we assume about entrepreneurs is not true:
They don't tend to love risk and have a clear vision."
"We are all entrepreneurs, just too few get to practice it."
"The idea that we can deal with things sequentially is false."
"Historical results do not predict the future. So if you can't predict the future, create it!"
"To be an entrepreneur, imagine you're Indiana Jones having fallen down a pitch black hole. Take small steps. Use whatever you have. Build on what you find."
"Stop worrying about what you want to do. Think about what you want to do next."
Honorable Cory A. Booker
"We are here because of other people's incredible vision and courage...let us stand because people stood for us."
"Criticizing is just spitting into the wind...be the change you want to see...if it's meant to be it's up to me."
Rev. Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil
Acts 1:8 "Without a catalyst we stay stuck in Jerusalem."
"If you want to break thru:
1. Pray for a divine mandate,
2. Name your catalytic events,
3. Mobilize people to go!"
"Don't just go and help, go and learn."
"An educational degree means nothing unless it's relevant to people around you."
My paraphrase of hisgeneral concept: the industrial revolution is over. It shaped our culture (and churches) up to this point. It's a new age. We have to live differently.
"The new means of production is a laptop."
"In this new age we need to be artists."
"Quit bowling! (it's boring and the goal is perfection)"
"We teach people to wait to be picked. Pick yourself!"
"If failure is not an option, then neither is success."
"Even though the tide is out doesn't mean the ocean has less water in it."
"Give gifts, not favors."
"The world is begging you to lead."
Steven Furtick 2 Kings 3:9-20
"The difference between a daydream and audacious faith is action."
"If your vision isn't intimidating to you, it's probably insulting to God."
"To see the world filled with water, dig some ditches."
"Life can beat the audacity out of you...God can put it back in you."
"We compare our 'behind the scenes' to everyone else's 'highlight reels.'"
Bill Hybels addresses why CEO & Founder of Starbucks, Howard Schultz couldnt make it. Click here to watch video. Click here to positively contact Starbucks.