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Leadership Summit 2017: Gary Haugen

Gary Haugen leads International Justice Mission (IJM), a world-wide agency rescuing victims of violence, exploitation, slavery and oppression. Recognized by the U.S. State Department as a Trafficking in Persons “Hero” – the highest honor given by the U.S. government for anti-slavery leadership – Haugen is the author of three books and has been featured in Foreign Affairs, The New York Times and Forbes.

  • There is one thing that stands between what you learn and what you do. And that one thing is fear.
  • All of the finest leadership training in the world can be rendered useless by fear.
  • That’s why on his last night with His disciples Jesus tells them not to be afraid.
  • Fear is the silent destroyer of dreams
  • Leadership begins with a dream
  • Fear destroys the love that inspires the dream and replaces it with a preoccupation with self
  • We are most likely to not know what scares us the most deeply
  • Being brave is hard
  • You must relentlessly inventory your own fears…what are you really afraid of?
  • Switch from playing defense to playing offense. No great dream was built on the fear of what might go wrong
  • If we are more impressed with bad men than a good God then fear is going to eat your leadership for lunch
  • You cannot move towards a dream of love while retreating to a bunker of fear
  • Hell is playing defense not the kingdom of God
  • 46million people on the planet are in slavery today. More people than at any point in the history of the planet.
  • Great leaders forge a community of courage around them
  • Lone rangers do not make great dreams come true ever, lone rangers make movies
  • If anyone was entitled to adopt a lone ranger leadership model it was Jesus…but what did He do? He forged a community of courage around him.
  • Courage, like fear, is contagious
  • Remember that we are only servants on the battlefield and that the real soldier is Christ Himself.

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4 Reasons Short-Term Mission Trips Still Work

In recent years many churches have been backing away from sending teams of volunteers on short-term international mission trips. Some argue that such initiatives are ineffective, a waste of resources, and even hurtful to the advancement of the Gospel.

I on the other hand believe short-term mission trips still work. God used a project I went on right after my freshman year of college with an organization called the Navigators to Singapore and Indonesia to completely change my view of what God is doing in the world. I’ve had the opportunity to lead hundreds of people on more than 10 international projects throughout the years and I’ve seen first hand how projects like this can change the world, the world of the participant and the field. Here are 4 reasons why I believe short-term mission trips still work.

1. Spiritual Maturity

I’ve never met a pastor who didn’t want the people in their church to grow spiritually. Short-term mission trips are an engine for spiritual growth. People grow spiritually when they put themselves in a position to grow spiritually. While we as pastors can’t make people grow spiritually, short-term mission trips create the right environment for spiritual growth to take place.

2. Leadership Development

I’ve never met a pastor who didn’t think they need more leaders in their church. Short-term mission trips are an engine for leadership development. Leaders learn to lead by leading not in a classroom. Short-term mission trips provide an environment for developing leaders to experiment with their leadership gifts.

3. Outsider Focus

I’ve never met a pastor who didn’t want to see people outside of the faith meet Jesus. Short-term mission trips are an engine for building an outsider focused culture in your church. When people participate in a short-term mission trip, begin to personally wrestle with the contextualization of the Gospel in a different culture, and see people meet Jesus on the field; they are compelled to see people meet Jesus in their own workplace, neighborhood, and city.

4. Advance the Mission of the Field

I’ve never met a pastor who didn’t think that people all over the world need to know Jesus. When great partnerships take place between local stateside churches and the field, short-term mission trips can create an infusion of momentum and be catalytic to advancing the strategies of what missionaries on the field are doing to reach people with the Gospel in their context.

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