i just saw INVICTUS and thought it was a good movie. here’s a few of my quick takeaways from the film (no real spoilers here so i think you’re safe if you didn’t see it yet!):
a good friend of mine tells a story of a time when he was on staff at a mega church on the west coast. They were having a strategic planning meeting and the pastor in charge posed the question, “what are the essential qualities of a leader?” Many things were said and were being written on the board. Good things I’m sure, like strategic, bold, charismatic, wise, and above-reproach…
my friend was dozing off when the pastor called on him and asked “JOHNDOE, What about you? What do you think?” Flustered yet sincere, my friend answered with “umm… loving?” to which the rest of the staff began to chuckle. His answer of “loving” was reluctantly written on the board but it might as well have been written off completely. Not quite the strategic answer the staff was looking for.
Dave is, in my humble opinion, one of the leading, up and coming voices in America. Of course he hasn’t been “up and coming” to our Newsong community since he founded the church in 1994 but it’s about time the world hears and reads what God has been teaching him, especially in the last 5 years. We spent the first year of Newsong Bangkok together in 2005 and experienced a lot of what Dave mentions in the book firsthand. Amazing, heaven-on-earth moments in Thailand.
I’m so proud of Dave and the platform he is starting to receive and God is doing some amazing things in and through him– he will be speaking at the Willow Creek Leadership Summit this August and I’m sure he has been or will be at a conference near you!
In the mean time, pick up a copy of The Monkey and the Fish and get ready to have your mind blown.