by Guy Rodgers, President and CEO
This year’s National Conference theme is “Living the Fullness of Christ-Centered Leadership in Turbulent Times.”
Which begs the question, what is “Christ-Centered Leadership?” What does this entail? What does it look like? How do we live it? Better yet, how do we live it in “fullness?”
This is what we’ll explore September 29 to October 1 in Chicago. It’s not possible to go into detail in a post like this, but this much I can say: “Christ-Centered Leadership” is the antithesis of what the world defines as leadership.
For instance, at last year’s National Conference, Saturday night keynote speaker Chris Widener talked about how the world defines leadership as “doing and then having,” while the Scriptures define it as “being, doing, then having.” And “having” is very different for the Christ-Centered leader than the way the world defines a leader.
I want to understand what it means to live in the fullness of Christ-centered leadership. I hope you do too. I want to experience, daily, what this means. I hope you do too. I want to encourage and be encouraged to walk the narrow path of such leadership. I hope you do too. This is what Pinnacle Forum is all about.
The history of humanity includes a lot more turbulence than peace, a lot more chaos than order, and a lot more hardship than prosperity. Turbulence, chaos, hardship – these are very often caused by humanity’s sin and rebellion against God. Today in America, though we still live in the most prosperous nation in the world – indeed in history – we have an overwhelming and mounting array of social ills that seem to defy solution and thus cry out for Christ-centered leadership. For instance, after some $20 trillion of tax dollars spent on public assistance programs, the poverty rate today is virtually the same as it was fifty years ago. There must be a better way.
We have that way my friends. But it doesn’t begin with reforming an institution – it begins with God transforming us. And this transforming is not a destination, it’s a journey.
This year’s National Conference will be an important milestone in this journey. I sincerely hope you will join us.