Craig’s quick list of lessons learned from his mentor…
“Just lie for the glory of God.”
“If you are speaking and you forget what you are going to say, just repeat what you just said and walk back to your notes.”
Craig speaks about the generation gap in the church.
Speaking to the older generation first.
Don’t fear or resent this next generation. Believe in them because they need you.
After 40 – are my best years behind me? Can I still do this?
If you are not dead, you are not done. Your best years are when you invest in the generation behind you.
Don’t delegate just tasks. That creates followers. Delegate authority, that creates leaders.
Give freedom within the boundaries of the values and vision of the church.
Embrace the season you are in. Don’t be a fake. “Who faked?” Be yourself.
In the younger generation, authenticity trumps cool. Just say no to skinny jeans if you are fat and over 50. If you are real – they will come from miles to learn from you.
Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, my God, till I declare your power to the next generation, you mighty acts to all who are to come.
To the younger:
You need the older. More than you know or imagine.
You are most entitled generation ever. Not all your fault but back in our day – you had to win to get a trophy. Just saying.
Because you feel entitled, you overestimate what you can do in the short run and grossly underestimate what you could do in a lifetime of faithfulness.
Want to lead “up”? Honor. Honor publicly and that will lead to private influence. You must learn how to honor those over you.
Mark 6:4 — Jesus COULD not do miracles there because they did not honor him. Hard to explain, not sure I understand but…it’s there.
Learn to honor God. He isn’t your homey, or the man upstairs. He is God.
Honor builds up, dishonor builds down. Respect is earned, honor is given. Some of you need to repent to your leaders and show honor.
If you ever want to be OVER people, learn how to be UNDER others with honor and integrity.
MUST be intentional to be multi-generational.
1. Create ongoing feedback loops. Is what I’m speaking hitting multiple generations?
2. Create specific mentoring moments. Meet with those younger and older. Listen. Take notes.
Ask someone older than you to disciple you. Ask them tons of questions. Don’t do what they do. Figure out how they think.
3. Create opportunities for significant leadership development. They trained 38 leaders to be speakers and then put them up on the stage. Put them in front of your congregation. They don’t get up without coaching, they don’t come down without coaching.
Quoting Bill Hybels – “The local church is the hope of the world.”
All I want to do is to be able to be in a position so that those behind me can stand on my shoulders to make His name known.
I’m biased but I think Craig is just simply awesome. I love his humor and his heart. He gives away everything he does. Videos, sermons, bible studies, thoughts – he just gives it all away so that the local church can be as strong as she can be.
And I know he comes across as a little crass and rough but I resound with that. I just love the guy.