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January 24th, 2012

by Craig Groeschel

Round Tables at

In order to help serve churches, we will be hosting several round tables this year. Here is information on the first two.

ARC (Association of Related Churches) will be doing a one day Leadership Forum for all pastors and church leaders at Pastor Chris Hodges, Rick Bezet, Joe Champion, and I will be contributing.

This round table is for those who are interested in church planting and for pastors interested in developing their leadership skills. The forums will be a great time of learning, sharing ideas and growing relationships in a dynamic setting. There will also be an opportunity for you to learn about the vision and mission of ARC and how you can join the team!

When: Monday, February 27, 10am to 2:30pm


Cost: The event is free.


Multi-Site Round Table

I will be hosting a small round table for senior pastors of churches with 2500 or more in attendance that are going multi-site or are already doing multi-site ministry.

When: Thursday, March 1, 2012, 8:30am to 4pm

Where: /Edmond

Cost: The event is free. I’m asking that all churches make a generous donation towards church planting.  Every dollar given will be used to help start new churches. This event is limited to 22 pastors. Email for more information or to reserve a spot.


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September 28th, 2010

by Guest Blogger

Guest, Kendra Golden: Orange Week

Over the last two years, our teams have made many changes to reach kids and students more effectively. We’ve tried simple things—like involving youth and children’s staff in the same retreats—and complex things—like aligning our elementary, middle school, and high school content with Pastor Craig’s message series back in May. This month, Pastor Craig invested his whole series I Believe in You to cast vision for how we can fuel the faith of the next generation.

Many of the best strategies we’ve incorporated come from the Orange concept. Orange simply means the church (yellow = light) combining forces with parents (red = heart and home). Reggie Joiner and his team at Orange have brought this idea into reality for churches across the world. On average, they estimate that church gets kids and students about 40 hours per year, while parents have them for about 3,000. To make a deeper impact, we must do less thinking red or yellow and more learning to Think Orange.

This week, check out the posts of several family ministry bloggers who are celebrating Orange Week by posting about their experiences with going Orange.

How Orange is your church? What’s the most effective thing you’ve done to target the next generation?


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July 28th, 2010

by Craig Groeschel

Willow Summit and Tony Dungy

mentor-leader1I’m very honored and excited to interview Coach Tony Dungy at the Willow Creek Leadership Summit on August 5th. We’ll be discussing Coach Dungy’s newest book, The Mentor Leader, Secrets to Building People and Teams that Win Consistently.

In preparation for the interview, I reread Quiet Strength and enjoyed a couple of pre-interview calls with Coach Dungy. I’ve always admired Dungy’s leadership and spiritual strength from a distance. He’s everything you would hope for and far more up close.

Tyndale House Publishers also provided me with an advance copy of Coach Dungy’s new book. I’m so thankful for his exceptional work on the important subject of mentoring. This is a must read for pastors and spiritual leaders.

In fact, at Life, I will be doing a 4 week teaching on mentoring and investing in the next generation of leaders in September called, “I Believe in You.”

If you are able to attend the Summit or a satellite broadcast location, I know you will benefit from his story and example.


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April 1st, 2010

by Craig Groeschel

The Meeting

Once you establish your own personal board of directors, I’d suggest you meet as a group one to three times a year.

(I’ve done this with individual mentors but never had them all together. I’ll be doing it this year.)

If a meeting in person doesn’t work, you might try some form of conference call.

I’ve already got a list of personal questions to ask my board.

What is one question you’d ask?


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March 31st, 2010

by Craig Groeschel

The Missing Board Member

For years, we had church members and staff members serving on Life Church’s board. Once we decided to add other senior pastors, our board became increasingly effective.

If you are developing your own personal board, it could be that you are missing an important person.

Perhaps you are missing:

  • A spiritual mentor—The spiritual mentor is one who has walked with Christ longer than you and can help you grow deeper.
  • A financial adviser—Even if you are good with money, you’d be wise to seek advice from someone who is great.
  • A futurist—All of us need someone who can help us see and create our futures.
  • A barrier remover—Some people have the ability to help remove obstacles from our path.
  • A connector—Most valuable relationships I have today came from an introduction from a friend. Most of my most strategic ministry friendships can be traced back to a few connectors.
  • A spouse—Even though you might be married, you may not be taking advice from your spouse. If you aren’t, start!

Who is missing? What are you going to do about it?

Who is missing at your table?


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March 30th, 2010

by Craig Groeschel

Your Informal Board

Marcus Buckingham implied that all of us have an informal board of directors (“informal” is my phrase, not his). These are the people who regularly speak into our lives (although they may or may not even know it).

  • Some people are helpful. Others are not.
  • Some propel us forward. Others hold us back.
  • Some are objective. Others are dangerously biased.

The people closest to us will often determine our destiny.

Who currently serves on your informal board? Do they know the important role they play in your life?


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March 29th, 2010

by Craig Groeschel

Your Personal Board of Directors

Life Church has a board of directors to oversee the affairs of the church. This board is comprised of three pastors, three lay people, and five staff members. Each person brings a unique set of gifts and perspectives that are invaluable for our church.

Recently I heard both Marcus Buckingham and Ken Blanchard talk about establishing your own personal board of directors. Instead of just inviting great leaders to speak into your church or ministry, why not establish a board to meet regularly to speak into your life?

This week I’ll write about developing your own personal board of directors.

If you currently do this, I’d love to hear from you.


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October 1st, 2009

by Craig Groeschel

The Good Ones That Don’t Think They Are Good

Many times some of the best (developing) leaders are strong leaders but don’t realize they are.

A lot of the great leaders have very high standards for themselves. Because they have such aggressive goals, they often don’t achieve all they’d like to achieve.

Because they didn’t meet their own expectations, they often don’t feel like they are doing a great job.

It is fun to invest in this type of growing leader. Since they don’t feel like they are great, they are often very teachable.

Those who think they are already good often aren’t as hungry to grow—ultimately limiting their potential.


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