Sorry for name dropping. Please don’t think less of me but I felt this would be good to share. I was having coffee with Andy Stanley the other day and he said something that struck me (he often does). He said…
“We fall in love with our plans. And we make the mistake of saying ‘God told me…'”
That was good, something I needed to think more about, I actually made him repeat it a couple times…I literally had to rewind it several times so I could write it down correctly. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention, when I have coffee with Andy he is never there…just me and a book, blog, podcast, sermon, seminar, MP3, or tweet. Funny thing is I have only meet him once (he did send me a DM on twitter @andystanley but I could not respond because he does not follow me). While he does not know I exist, he has had a big impact on how I lead.
We need mentors who are near us but we also have mentors who are far…that’s part of why people like Andy Stanley, Rick Warren, and Bill Hybels write books and speak at conferences. Instead of reply to thousands of individual emails and meeting requests, they can cover those topics in public venues. I wonder what tips Andy has on preaching? Read his book. I wonder if I could pick Bill’s brain on a leadership? Read his book. I wonder if Craig Groeschel will arm wrestle me? Ask him at a book signing (but you have to know that’s weird).
Here are 3 FREE downloadable resources I have used to learned from Andy Stanley…
- Practically Speaking:
7 part audio where Andy and North Point team menbers discuss their ministry practices and core values.
- Communicating for a Change: (MP3 | PDF)
Andy on teaching and preaching (I love this!)
- Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast:
It is what it says it is.
Who are your “mentors from a distance” and what resources do they have that you can share in the comments below?