8 Lessons About How To Serve 15,030 Pastors And Church Leaders

Jeff Henderson Interviews Crawford Loritts

Jeff Henderson Interviews Crawford Loritts

Today, The Rocket Company had the privilege of putting on an online conference for 15,030 pastors and church leaders called Preach Better Sermons.  It was an amazing event with a lineup that included names like Andy Stanley, Louie Giglio, Mark Driscoll, Steven Furtick, and nine other prominent Christian communicators.

Led by Casey Graham, Michael Lukaszewski, and Jeff Henderson, our team of 10 people learned much about how to effectively serve large numbers of pastors and church leaders.

  1. Add Value – When serving pastors and church leaders, nothing beats adding value.  If you add value, everything else takes care of itself.  What is the best way to add value?  Answer the questions pastors and church leaders are asking.  Their issue is the issue.  The secret to adding value is not knowing all the answers but rather knowing all the questions.
  2. The Power Of Leverage – Our small team had a singular focus.  We used a multiplication strategy through online delivery.
  3. Experience – This was the second Preach Better Sermons event we have conducted.  If done right, the second time is always easier than the first.
  4. The Importance Of Preparation – Our team was well-prepared.  We all arrived with job descriptions.  Good systems were put into place.  Anything that could go wrong was already anticipated.  The result was “no craziness” during the four-hour event.
  5. Unified Vision – The Rocket Company has many mantras but two were primary today.  First, we exist to help churches succeed.  Every action taken was strategically designed to assist in the success of church leaders.  Second, every day is more important than the big day.  This was a big event but tomorrow is equally as important to our long-term ability to serve church leaders well.
  6. The Value Of Godly Wisdom – This is a favorite of mine.  Crawford Loritts, Senior Pastor of Fellowship Bible Church and my family’s pastor and friend, received the most positive comments of any of our speakers on Twitter.  He was the most seasoned leader of the group but his insights, comments, and experience were deeply appreciated by our audience.  Please forgive me for just a moment as I share some personal thoughts – I AM SO PROUD OF AND ABSOLUTELY LOVE MY PASTOR!!!!
  7. We Live In A Broken World – Expect critics and haters.  This is a sign you are doing something right.  Because of the quality of speakers and their content, the #PreachingRocket hashtag was the top trending term on Twitter for most of the afternoon.  Still we had a small number of negative comments.
  8. Relish The Generosity Of Pastors And Church Leaders – Though you will always have critics, the fact is that pastors and church leaders are the most generous, gracious, and encouraging group of individuals there are.  Our organization was absolutely overwhelmed by their incredible kindness.  Absolutely overwhelmed.  Allow me to take a moment and share three of my personal favorite comments from Twitter.

If you were part of this online conference, I would like to hear your thoughts as well about the speakers and the event itself.

If you missed Preach Better Sermons but would like to watch the replay on May 16thclick here to register for that event now.

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5 Responses to “8 Lessons About How To Serve 15,030 Pastors And Church Leaders”

  1. Luke on 02/05/2013 #

    It was an excellent event. Well worth the investment of time. Thanks for putting it on. I could tell that your team had worked diligently to make it happen. Here’s what I learned: http://www.faithfulandfruitful.com/what-i-learned-from-the-preach-better-sermons-conference/

    • briandodd on 02/05/2013 #

      Luke,

      Thanks for putting this list together. I just went to your site and tweeted out your post. I hope it drives a lot of readers your way! If there is ever anything I can do to assist you, please let me know.

      Brian

      • Luke on 02/05/2013 #

        Thanks, Brian. That’s quite generous of you.

  2. Mark on 02/05/2013 #

    Thanks Brian for providing a follow up to yesterday’s preaching conference. As I watched I was humbled and challenged and convicted. It was well worth it!

    After Louie’s turn I came away with a freedom to allow God to use me as He has made me knowing that I will be the best preacher when I preach as me. Also, Steven Furtick’s pre-preaching routine challenged me to take more time preparing my heart and mind before I step in and speak God’s truth.

    I do have a question. I’m wondering if Preaching Rocket would consider playing this during an evening slot or a weekend slot so some of my bi-vocational pastors could get in on it? We have pastors on our team that work full-time jobs who I know would love to participate but can’t during the afternoon hours due to work. Just a thought.

    Thanks again!

    • briandodd on 02/05/2013 #

      Mark,

      Thank you for your comments and I have good news for you. We are replaying the event on Thursday, May 16th from 4:00-8:00 PM EST. This will help bi-vocational church leaders and those in the western time zones. There is a link on the bottom of the post to sign up.

      Thanks again for your comments. It is an honor to serve you.

      Brian

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