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What are your takeaways?

I recently attended the Global Leadership Conference with a team from Fishers United Methodist Church. As awesome as the speakers were, equally incredible was the time to unpack the talks and envision with the team. As I continue to replay the experience and the learnings from the Jam Packed two days, I want to continue the conversations. In addition to continuing the conversations, I would love to see even more people from our church attend the event. I often ask at the end of a conference, “What are your takeaways?  ” These are two of the myriad of practical and inspirational takeaways from the conference. Here are a few others that got my attention.

Bill Hybels founder of Willow Creek

“Tolerance is for cowards”

Work hard to understand, move into uncomfortable territory, expand your knowledge, and learn from others.

Sheryl Sandberg Chief Operating Officer at Facebook

“We cannot change what we are not aware of, and once we are aware, we cannot help but change.”

Brian Stevenson Founder and Executive Director of Equal Justice Initiative

“There is power in Proximity and only in Proximity can we experience the needs of others. Change the narrative get closer to the needs.”

Andy Stanley Founder and Pastor of Northpoint Ministries

“Be a student not a critic’

“Recognize rather than resist”

“Replace How with Wow !”

Laszlo Bock, former “Googles Senior Vice President of People Operations,  co-founder of Humu

“A learning organization starts with a recognition that all of us want to grow and to help others grow.”

Juliet Funt CEO of Whitespace at Work

But studies show that people who feel a sense of balance at home work 21% harder than their off-kilter counterparts. And more importantly, they become truly connected with their loved ones.

Marcus Buckingham, founder Marcus Buckingham Company

4 key values that contribute to life corporate (WE) and personal (Me) Purpose, Excellence, Support and a Future.

Sam Adeyemi Founder and Senior Pastor Daystar Christian Centre, Nigeria

‘In order to get to the heart of the matter, you must first check the matter of the heart, then change people from the inside out.”

Immaculee Ilbagiza survivor of the 1994 Rwanda Genocide

(Survived with 7 other women in a 3 ft X 4ft bathroom for 91 Days)

I knew that my heart and mind would always be tempted to feel anger--to find blame and hate. But I resolved that when the negative feelings came upon me, I wouldn't wait for them to grow or fester. I would always turn immediately to the Source of all true power: I would turn to God and let His love and forgiveness protect and save me.

Angela Duckworth, Professor University of Pennsylvania

Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina……..  Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.     (Never quit on a bad day)

Gary Haugen Founder and CEO  of International Justice League

Fears destroy our dreams, fear wins out when we think of ourselves first, most common fear is the fear of failure.  Relentlessly pursue your fear by beginning each day with a half hour of quiet time.

“We cannot move forward, while retreating to the bunker of defense.”

I know that is a bunch of takeaways. My prayer is that one of those would be a takeaway from this blog. My prayer is that perhaps one of these will spark a conversation over a cup of coffee, lunch or a walk in the park. As you continue to wrestle with life it is best done with a community of people to lean in with.  I am buying for those moments you want to lean in and discover a deeper calling, disclose a fear, share a dream, not quit on a bad day, or to get to the heart of the matter. Perhaps next year you will join the team for the Global Leadership Conference August 9, and 10 in Indianapolis. I believe in this so much I will find the funds to invest in the first 5 from Fishers UMC who have never attended a Global Leadership Summit.

Larry Crane
Director of Children's Ministries              
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Glory Beyond all Comparison

I guess at some time in all our lives, we’re forced to do something “new” that is just really difficult to grasp.  Typically, when we do new things, it is because we have experienced some sort of change.

Change can be awesome.  When the winter begins to give way to budding flowers, green grass, and yes, even Indiana pollen, a huge transformation occurs.  For me, everything gets a bit easier.  I trade in my hated winter coat for a light sweater.  I no longer dread having to go outside, for fear of freezing some part of my anatomy, typically my nose.  And there is no more waiting while the car warms up!  I LOVE the change from winter to spring!

Change can also be difficult, frightening, uncomfortable and frustrating.  A lot of it has to do with perspective – attitude.  Do you welcome this change, this new way of doing things?  Or are you going, kicking and screaming?  Jeremiah tells us: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”  With this in mind, change should be a breeze.  Still, it isn’t always.

Aging causes change – many changes that none of us want to experience.  Given the opportunity, I think most of us would at least consider for a moment, the opportunity to experience the youth we once enjoyed, in exchange for a little hard-earned wisdom and a headful of grey hair.  In 2 Corinthians, Paul says, “Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.”  I’m not sure I will EVER treasure the thought of wasting away, even if my inner self is getting a complete makeover.  Still, Paul had things in perspective.

Many changes we bring onto ourselves.  For example, the choice to change jobs.  That’s a HUGE change!  I don’t know why we do it so often!!!  It’s one of the top most stressful changes we experience in life.  It seems that we experience so much emotion at an already difficult time, it can be a real roller coaster of a ride.  Joshua reminds us to “Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

So as I make what I PRAY is the last job change I will EVER experience – leaving my administrative desk for a chance to teach in our awesome preschool – I know with all certainty this is part of God’s plan for my future, and the futures of those surrounding me.  I could not be more certain of this, even if He had sent me a telegram.  I am ready, a bit anxious, but joyful beyond belief that I’ve been given this opportunity.

To continue through Paul’s above thought, “For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.” 


Kim Manka

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