WCA Testimony by Yvonne Greig – Kloof Hatvest Church Durban

I am forever grateful to God for the ministry of Willow Creek and the gift that Bill Hybels has been not only to me but to the Body of Christ.  Unbeknownst  to Bill he has been a mentor to me for the past 20 odd years through his books, his leadership and his obedience to the Spirit’s prompting to extend all that Willow is to the global church.

One of the blessings of being a member of the WCA is the monthly CD and DVD pack. These could be leadership insights with Bill and guests or sermon series. Each new set go straight into my car and get played over and over. Jesus said we learn line upon line, precept upon precept and so no matter the distance I’m driving I can have the privilege of being fed by His Word.

These resources are tips on leadership, practical church admin or management issues that confront us all. What a privilege to be able to glean wisdom from leaders such as Bill and guests. 

Over the years the WCA has brought many great leaders to South Africa to help equip the local church. To name just a few that we have benefitted enormously from, were the Building Prevailing Church conference with Bill, Promiseland conferences, Building Small Groups and then dear Dr B’s visit which challenged some ideas.

It is hard to express in words the blessing and influence that the WCA has had in our lives as well as the life of our church congregation. 

We were rather skeptical as to whether the GLS would work in South Africa. Other ministries had tried gathering leaders together to watch a DVD format seminar but without success. However true to the Willow ethic the GLS was presented with such excellence that it has been an unparalleled success.

Many times we, in Africa, feel sorry for ourselves because we cannot afford to host international respected Christian leaders in our churches. Well the good news is you can! Through attending the GLS.  Each year the lineup of speakers consists of the highest calibre of Leaders in the Church, Business and Social Sectors. Our staff, pastors and elders have been enormously impacted by attending the GLS each year.

I know that our business leaders use the GLS material in their companies, coaching their staff and in dealing with clients, as well as in the sporting arena. We have been encouraged and motivated in our pursuit of various social outreach activities particularly in the area of social injustice. People such as Gary Haugen and Pravitha Timothy of IJM, Wes Stafford of Compassion and Mamma Maggie, Joseph Grenny, Richard Stearn of World Vision.

I could go on and on about the benefits that the WCA and what The Global Leadership Summit has brought me and our church but time does not allow that. However the demonstration or proof that we absolutely believe in the ministry of Willow we count it a privilege to work with them by being one of the GLS host churches, as well as hosting any events that we can for the WCA.

The best gift any leader could give themselves and their coworkers is to be a member of the WCA and then engage and participate in all that it offers.

Ten Signs You’re Committing Leadership Malpractice

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Malpracticemal·prac·tice (māl-prāk’tĭs), noun

  1. any improper, negligent practice; misconduct or misuse
  2. immoral, illegal, or unethical professional conduct or neglect of professional duty
  3. the behavior of most bad bosses in today’s workplaces

What if leaders could be sued for malpractice? Malpractice, as a legal course of action, is usually applied to professionals in the healthcare, legal, accounting, or financial investment fields, but imagine if it applied to bad leaders? Would it change the way you view your position of authority and influence you to be a better leader?

The sad reality is there are too many leaders in organizations today guilty of malpractice. I believe that bad leadership accounts for the majority of dysfunctional behavior in organizations and our research has shown it can result in a financial cost equal to 7% of a company’s annual revenue. That’s over $1 million dollars for an organization with $15 million or more in annual…

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15 Perks Leaders Receive by Brian Dodd


15 Perks Leaders Receive

Very rarely do people discuss the price that leaders must pay.

  • Sleepless Nights.
  • Loneliness.
  • Fear.
  • Uncertainty.
  • Things Which Break Your Heart.
  • Disappointment.
  • Criticism.
  • Missed Expectations.
  • Hard Decisions.
  • Long Hours.
  • Preparation.
  • Etc…

These create a high price few are willing to pay.  And of those who choose to pay the high price of leadership, fewer still finish the race well.  Everyone loves the perks of leadership but its price is quite expensive.

Tonight I am reflecting about all the things I love about leadership.  I am thinking about the things that make the leadership price worth paying.  The perks.  And if you would permit me, I would like to outwardly process what those perks to leadership are.

My hope is that my list will inspire you to make your own.  The following are 15 Perks Leaders Receive:

  • Being part of big vision.
  • Having the need to constantly learn.  I love reading.
  • Going on a journey with people you care about.
  • Having a sense of accomplishment.
  • I love it that my life counts and I haven’t been called to a lesser dream.
  • The way people treat the children of leaders, especially my daughter.
  • Serving other leaders.
  • Providing solutions to those in desperate need.
  • Giving people hope and a chance.
  • The creative process.
  • The opportunity to interact and making memories with other leaders.
  • Building a sustainable future.
  • Showing others grace and helping them improve when mistakes are made.

But the two biggest perks I receive as a leader are:

  • Quiet dinners with my wife.
  • And long walks with absolutely no agenda talking to my daughter.

I had both tonight.  That dinner and walk reminded me leadership’s greatest perk.  Tonight reminded me that being a leader allows me the opportunity to give my family a better life.

If you put together a list of the perks you receive as a leader, what would be on it?


What are we doing to care for our pastors? by Gerry Couchman

pastoral pressure statistics

PASTORAL STATISTICS – Heartbreaking reality!

 Researched by Gerry Couchman

Only 1/10 pastors make it through ministry!

  •  95% of pastors do not pray regularly with their wives
  •  70% of pastors feel grossly under paid
  •  85% of pastors said their greatest problem is dealing with problem people
    • Disgruntled elders, elders, worship leaders & teams, board members, & associate pastors
    •  This tragedy lies upon the doorstep of Boards/ Elders/ Deacons/ Society Stewards :
      • Only 1 out of 10 individuals, who start in ministry, will finish their careers in ministry! Why?
      • 50% of pastors will get divorced
      • 70% of pastors say they do not have a close friend!
      • 80% of pastors and 84% of their spouses live in a relentless state of discouragement
      • 33% of pastors say that being in ministry is a hazard to their family
      • 40% report having a serious conflict with someone in their church at least once per month!
      • 40% report considering leaving their pastorates in the last 3 months!
      • 70% of pastors fight depression continuously!
      • 40% of pastors have had an affair while in ministry!
      • 80% of pastors’ kids suffer from depression.
      • 50% of pastors are so discouraged that they would leave the ministry if they could, but have no other way of making a living!
      • 80% of seminary and Bible school graduates who enter the ministry will leave within the first 5 years
      • 70% of pastors said that the only time they spent studying the Bible was when they are preparing their sermons.
      • 50% of pastors say that the most destructive thing that occurred in their marriages – the day they entered ministry!

  All this is happening on our watch!!! This is not God honoring, or what God intended!

  • Pastors perform the most important work on planet earth!
  • What are WE going to do to change these horrific stats, and protect them and their families? 
  • Care of the pastor and his/her family, is the most important portfolio in your church!
    • “Without a shepherd the flock is soon scattered!”

I am planning to create a resource for every church with some insight and information about how they can walk alongside the pastor so these statistics are dramatically turned around.

If you have any ideas and comments you would like to share with me then please email me directly on Gerry@willowcreeksa.co.za


Drive Change or Embrace Frustration by Tony Morgan

Drive Change or Embrace Frustration?

Drive Change or Embrace Frustration?

Seth Godin loves to share the story of how years ago Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Air, found himself in an airport in the Caribbean. They had just cancelled his flight. Instead of freaking out about his day being ruined, he walked to the charter desk and asked about the cost of chartering a flight. He borrowed a chalkboard and wrote, “Seats to Virgin Islands, $39.”
In a few minutes, Branson had sold enough seats to cover his costs and he made it home in time. The experience also planted the seeds for the airline he would later start.
Branson wasn’t afraid of change. Anyone else would have called a cab and booked a hotel room. Anyone else would have tried again tomorrow. We need more church leaders who are willing to embrace change when the status quo is no longer good enough. Here are 10 truths about change:
1. Slow change is rarely positive change.
2. If everyone already recognizes the need for change, you’re obviously not the leader.
3. When it comes to change, leaders go first.
4. Organizations that don’t change die.
5. If a change seems easy, you’re probably not changing enough.
6. When you think you’ve communicated enough about a change, communicate more.
7. It’s very difficult to change a change that previously worked.
8. Someone will despise the change and let you know about it.
9. Change, even the best kind, will generate some fear, anger and sadness.
10. Change without metrics is foolish.
According to Seth, we can choose whether or not to live in a decade of frustration or a decade of change.

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Greeting from Bill Hybels

Founder of the Global Leadership Summit

Founder of the Global Leadership Summit

I’ve said it for decades now that I believe the local church is the hope of the world!
And yet churches have to be well lead if they are going to reach their redemptive potential.
You never know where you are going to get that one break through idea that could take your leadership and your organization to a whole new level!

Sometimes that one break through idea comes in a book, sometimes it comes through prayer, sometimes it comes in a conversation with another leader.
But often times and I argue, most predictably, it happens when you gather with other leaders and you are talking about the same subject matter.

Leaders usually have their plates full. Sometimes the last person that they tend to make an investment in, is themselves.
Don’t ever be embarrassed as a leader about making an investment in yourself.
In fact quite the opposite because “Everybody wins when you improve as a leader. Sometimes the best way you can bless your church is to make an investment in yourself”

Whether at church, school, business or home, you are leading people and projects every day. You’re leading in a culture that is constantly changing and redefining itself.
Leadership with perseverance, dedication and a commitment to stretch your mind, expand your heart and use your God-given gifts to impact your world in real and powerful ways.

In October you are invited to gather with thousands of leaders across the world for The Global Leadership Summit 2013. This event is designed to challenge you with world-class speakers, interactive dialogue and practical training.
An opportunity awaits. Decide once and for all to sharpen your skills.
Everything depends on it…your family, your church and your business.
The stakes are high. LEAD!

Register today at The Global Leadership Summit

“If it’s the last thing I do, I will give every ounce of the rest of my life to helping leaders and churches get better!

Serving the church through leadership development,
Bill Hybels