Powerful leadership in the face of adversity


Many of you will know that our church was privileged to host, along with Word of Life Church, the Global Leadership Summit produced by the Willow Creek Association (WCA), of which our church is a member. One of the keynote speakers scheduled for this year’s Summit was to be Howard Schultz, the CEO of Starbucks. However, due to the presence of an online petition pushing Schultz to withdraw from the Summit, he chose to do exactly that, and unfortunately did so a day or so before the Summit. This placed the Summit, the WCA and Bill Hybels in a difficult situation. How would they respond to this adversity? In the video below you will see Hybel’s response. It is an excellent study in leadership on display in the midst of an adverse situation. It is gracious, warm and yet faithful to the biblical text. Would that the church has more statesmen who can display this kind of faithfulness, holding to the truth in love. Please watch & learn.

Micah is a husband to Tracy & a daddy to Grace, Kessed & Haddon. He’s Senior Pastor at Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga, TN. Most of all, he’s a debtor to grace.

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