John Maxwell was a mentor to me before he was actually my mentor.  That may sound crazy but its true. I gleaned so much from his books that I felt I knew his heart before meeting him for the very first time. As part of the John Maxwell Team, I have the pleasure of connecting with him and Mark Cole on a regular basis.

Here are a few quotes from a recent conference.

These quotes are fresh and reveal his heart about the church, people and our calling.
  • I have had a couple of times in my life when I forgot what it was like in Egypt… I forgot the deliverance in my life Christ has done for me.
  • I was so busy as a pastor doing church stuff I wasn’t reaching people for Christ.
  • If you lose your way you have to have a blueprint.
  • What are we going to do about the 53% of the people who never come to our church? They’re never coming to church.
  • Are we called to a church or are we called to a community? Is my passion as great for people not coming to our church as those who are coming to our church?
  • We must be intentional to add value to lost people. Paul did it by serving people.
Here are a few more to ponder:
  • I have to add value to people first before having the credibility to share Christ.
  • Before we share our faith let’s get people to like us
  • God is love. We would rather correct people than connect with people.  God doesn’t change us to accept us.  He accepts us to change us.
  • The 101% Principle – Find the 1% you agree on and give it 100% of our effort.
  • We must know who we are in Christ.
  • I don’t have to be like them to reach them but I do have to like them to reach them.
  • You got to out there where the people are.
  • You have to be intentional to enter their world.

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