Tommy Barnett ?

A good idea becomes great when the people are ready. The individual who is impatient with people will be defective in leadership. The evidence of strength lies not in streaking ahead, but in adapting your stride to the slower pace of others while not forfeiting your lead. If we run too far ahead, we lose our power to influence.

Chuck Pierce, on Praise the Lord

Trouble never comes to test what you're doing. Trouble comes to test who you are.


The enemy is trying to get someone to second-guess their call.

Walt Disney

Do what you do so well that people can't resist telling others about you.

MIchael Abrashoff, Next: Right Now, Fast Company June 2003 want their best effort, their most creative response. You want them totally committed to your cause and to one another. But here's the kicker: Your job is to train them to give that to you.


They need to believe in you as the living exemplar of a clear purpose that you communicate to them every day, in ways large and small. They need to know why you are asking them to risk their lives, how you define victory, and how they will be rewarded by following you to the end.


Waging and winning war is all about your people. You can't win unless your people believe in their purpose far more strongly than the enemy's people do.

Donny Deutsch, Fast Talk: My Toughest Assignment, Fast Company June 2003

You have to surprise, charm, and engage people. The riskiest proposition of all is sticking to the status quo, especially in conservative times.

Lee Strobel, Outreach Magazine, July/August 2004

I ask pastors if their church has someone in charge of outreach only to hear, "Well, we can't really afford that." I inquire about their strategy for spreading the Gospel and get, "We'll just let our light shine and hope people notice." I ask if they're training their congregation to share their faith, and they respond, "I think I preached on that a couple of years ago."

Tony Campolo, Point of View, Outreach Magazine July/August 2004

The churches that are growing are the ones that have turned evangelism into something all of their members do.


How many of you were led to Christ because some ordinary person loved you and wouldn't let go of you until you made a decision about Him?


My question to pastors - and it's a question they should be asking themselves - is not, "Who is coming to your church?" but rather "Who isn't coming?"