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Video :: Dave Ramsey Talks About Leadership and Thoroughbreds

I had the opportunity to interview Dave Ramsey after his leadership talk at RightNow 2012. Dave talked about how to maintain a stable of thoroughbreds. A couple of nice quotes:

Thoroughbreds don’t run with donkeys. They run with other thoroughbreds.

Thoroughbreds make other thoroughbreds better and they run donkeys off.

I love what Dave Ramsey and Financial Peace University have done for my finances… the practical nature of his leadership principles from Entreleadership are awesome as well.

JD Greear – RightNow #RN12

JD Greear – Pastor Summit Church, in Raleigh-Durham @jdgreear

JD Stepped on stage and grabbed the crowd’s attention instantly. Great communicator, flows like a talented rapper.

  • If your church died will the people in your community weep?
  • Instead of “Lets build a big church.” We asked, God let us bless/equip our people to build a great city.
  • Sending has 2 become less abt ur name and the size of your church. It has to be abt God and the kingdom.
  • Do what you do well for the glory of God and do somewhere strategic for the mission of God.
  • Church growth is not nearly as important as growing the people inside of the church.
  • If you life was a party, who would it be thrown for? Is it to build your kingdom or is it to build God’s?
  • It’s not a matter of if God’s calling you… it’s a matter of what God’s calling you to.
  • Stop trying to find God’s call… it’s not lost.
  • The church shouldn’t be about surrounding the leader… the church should be a leadership factory.
  • Growing the church, has us overlooking the fact that our business leaders can get the Gospel in places we cant dream of.
  • 70% of those in the UK said they have no intention of every attending a church service.
  • Churches are growing by fighting over larger pieces of a shrinking pie… We need to grow the pie.
  • Church :: The week is more important than the weekend. Empower people and send them out.
  • The best ministry ideas are found in the congregation and not in the church offices.
  • Pushing out leaders, creates more leaders.
  • Leaders are attracted to places where they can grow as leaders… Be all they can be.
  • Give away your money and God multiplies it… Give away and send out leaders and He will multiply leaders.
  • Success shouldn’t be about “seating capacity” it should be about “sending capacity.”
  • Jesus can do more with 5 loaves and 2 fish in 5 minutes than Bill Gates can do in a lifetime.
  • 1) Everyone is called 2) We have to empower our people to become leaders
  • 3) Have the courage to send people out. 4) Motivation for mission comes from the Gospel
  • The death of 1 is a tragedy, the death of 1 million is a statistic. ~Joseph Stalin via ~@jdgreear#rn12 (1 makes it real)
  • When the gospel grips ur heart sending becomes as natural as a rose bush, it just comes out of who u are.
  • Church Leader, Preach The Gospel – Business Leaders, Embrace The Gospel. Together we’ll see the harvest.

JD did a splendid job of challenging us to send out leaders, to engage the business community, to make a difference and understand our responsibility of making disciples. I thought I talked fast… Uhh Not so fast my friend, JD was flowing like an auctioneer of the Good News. Great, powerful message.

Interview with RightNow 2012 Speaker – Tim Ross #rn12

Here is a quick interview with my man Tim Ross at #RN12 in Dallas. I absolutely love this dude, his heart, preaching… Awesome man of God. Check out the video an hear Tim’s thoughts on where Ambition comes from.

PlanetShakers – Limitless (Official Music Video)

Check out this awesome new Music Video and Film Clip from the amazing PlanetShakers ministry out of Australia. This video of the title track “Limitless” is from their new album that releases in January, 2013.

These guys do an outstanding job of connecting to the hearts of people through their church, music and conferences. Forming for the first Planetshakers Conference in 1997, Australian Christian Worship band, Planetshakers is passionate to see generations worldwide unite together to worship God. Their heart is to see people encounter God, be transformed by his presence and empowered to make a difference in their world. They will be hosting their first US conference in San Diego – Jan. 17-19. It’s going to be a great time for leaders, pastors, worship leaders and anyone who wants to have an encounter with God. The great thing is the conference is only $75.

Hailing originally from Adelaide, the Planetshakers Band is now based in Melbourne at Planetshakers City Church, under the leadership of Senior Pastors Russell and Sam Evans.

With over 20 internationally acclaimed albums, the band tour annually to the USA, UK, Europe, South Africa, South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Since 1997, the band has grown substantially with two teams now traveling the globe regularly.

Watch the video, share your thoughts and please share the video with your friends…

Jen Hatmaker — RightNow #RN12

Jen Hatmaker – Speaker, Author, Blogger… Austin, TX  @JenHatmaker

Thoughts, observations and quotes.

  • My girl @JenHatmaker just took the stage.
  • Jen Hatmaker is a gifted storyteller and has the audience laughing.
  • Realized their church was Serving the Saved and Blessing the Blessed. (had to change)
  • Failure is a fantastic teacher… I am rich!
  • Consumerism is a cancer to missional community… it will destroy it from the inside out.
  • If we develop a church bent toward serving the saved, blessed people will come to get more blessings.
  • If we are positioned to reach Christians… Christians we will reach.
  • Live It or you have no hope of leading it.
  • Leaders, If we asked people to imitate us, they would spend all day in meetings and preparing sermons.
  • The church right now is losing about 150,000 people per week. Leaving the back door and not returning.
  • .@Jenhatmaker just said “Don’t tweet that Jen Hatmaker said leadership is dead.
  • Heaps of well spoken theology only impresses people that are “in” to that sort of thing.
  • If we commit our lives to the most vulnerable people in our cities, we can say “Follow me, as I follow Jesus.”
  • May God use us in awesome, great, scandalous ways.

Jen was very cool, calm, collected, polished, direct, clear and challenging.

Be bold and give us wisdom to raise up amazing faith communities.

Tim Ross – RightNow 2012 #RN12

Tim Ross – Associate Pastor, Gateway Church Dallas, TX   TimRoss.org

  • Stepped on the stage, asked everyone to grab hands and commanded the room with a conference culture setting prayer.
  • Holy Spirit help us to surrender… Amen ~Tim Ross
  • Ambition comes from the heart of man, it doesn’t come from God. ~Tim Ross
  • God gives you a burden… not ambition. ~Tim Ross
  • Sometimes we can have a list of things to do for God that He never said he wanted to do through us. ~Tim Ross
  • I believe God said, I have a list of things to do and has called each of us to do certain things. ~Tim Ross
  • Ambition is something that has to be stamped out in order for God’s will to be stamped in. ~Tim Ross
  • It’s not just dying to flesh, it’s about dying to what you want to do. ~Tim Ross
  • Good things are 1 o’s too many from being God things. ~Tim Ross
  • You have a list of things that you want to get done… Have you run those things by God? ~Tim Ross
  • Do you know what you want for your life? His Will! Do you know what you don’t want for your life? Yours! ~Tim Ross
Tim delivered a very thoughtful message of what it means to truly surrender. It’s not about us, it’s not about ambition, it’s about His Will.

Closed with prayer and asking the question… What did God speak to you today.  

Welcome To Nigeria!

It’s pretty amazing that I’m even able to type this blogpost as I’m working on a few hours of sleep in the last couple days. Airplanes and timezones from across the globe just don’t go together. Me and a new friend named Ayo from Atlanta arrived in Lagos yesterday and flew to Benin City today. Ayo is originally from Lagos, so he has showed me a little lay of the land.

We are both here to speak at a Spiritual Leadership Summit “The Reposition” that’s put on by Pastor Benson Akhigbe. His ministry Firm Foundation is truly committed to being a life development church. Firm foundation is a young vibrant ministry with a vision to raise men and women who cure desert places in every stage and segment of life. Their mission is making men and women know the person and power of the Holy Spirit by a definite experience, building Godly families and raising leaders with public and private success.

This event is a big deal as this ministry is committed to “Securing The Future” of this community and nation. I’m honored to be here speaking on “Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Social Media.” The hospitality has been over the top splendid. The image above is my hotel room that I just checked into a little bit ago. Speaking of secure the future, this hotel is secured with security officers with AK-47’s.

I’ve heard lots of things about Nigeria, some are true and many are not so true. What I do know is there are lots of bright, passionate, servant hearted individuals committed to making a difference in the name of Jesus. Secondly, I know that Nigeria is full of opportunity.

Cool sidebar note: One of young men that just picked me up at the airport @JoeyeParker just recently started a blog and said he was inspired by my blog and the blog and Platform Book by my friend @MichaelHyatt. Michael is viewed as someone who freely gives away tools for success from people all around the world. What a small world it is.

Disclaimer: pardon any incoherency found in this post. Sleep deprivation is the cause. 🙂

Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit


The Willow Creek Association Global Leadership Summit is just around the corner. This years dates are August 9th and 10th at a location near you. The broadcast site in Barrington, IL is already sold out; however there are locations hosting events in over 200 US cities and locations all around the world. Click here to find a site with the full conference experience near you.

This year’s speaker line-up is amazing including some of my favorite speakers, authors and leaders: Bill Hybels, Craig Groeschel, Condileeza Rice, Jim Collins, Patrick Lencioni, John Ortberg, Geoffrey Canada and many more.

Early Bird Registration ends June 26th, so be sure to register now. If you use priority code “Williams” you can save $20… say “Cha’ Ching!”

I always look forward to The Global Leadership Summit… This year you will be inspired to “Lead Where You Are!”

Addition: I’m giving away 2 Tickets to the Leadership Summit (any location.) Except sold-out one’s of course.

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  • 1. Leave a comment below stating that you would like to win the pair of tickets and why. In your own words of course.
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Echo Conference – Geeks, Artists & Storytellers

Echo 2012 Promo from Echo Hub on Vimeo.

These guys do really good work. I will be there with them in July along with a bunch of Geeks, Artists & Storytellers.  Looking forward to it.

Share your thoughts on the promo video… personally I think this is how a promo video should be done.

Special Offer On A Great Church Planting & Leadership Conference #Velocity12

Let me get straight to the point.  I attend and speak at many church planting, leadership and ministry conferences each and every year.  Each conference has it’s own unique flavor and I have my favorites for a variety of reasons.

One of my favorites is the Velocity Conference put on by ChurchPlanters.com.  This conference is right outside of the ATL (Atlanta, GA) and it’s a jewel of a conference for church planters, ministry leaders, volunteers and anyone that wants to learn, grow and connect.  This years dates are February 27th & 28th.

The speaker line-up is amazing, including: Sam Chand, Jud Wilhite, Shawn Lovejoy, Stacey Spencer, Geoff Surratt, Pete Wilson, Tony Morgan, Ed Stetzer, Amy Bloye, Ron Edmondson, Derwin Gray, Mac Lake, Brian Bloye, Artie Davis, Patricia Lovejoy, Ed Stetzer, Brandi Wilson, Myself and way too many to name in one blogpost.  For a limited time the registration is only $79, yes only $79 and that’s for a limited time.

SPECIAL OFFER FOR BigIsTheNewSmall.com Readers: Starting now through January 15th Velocity Conference is going to offer a 20% discount off the #Velocity12 registration for everyone who registers with my special discount code: #velocity12Williams. (Only $63)  Click here for more details and click here to register.  Don’t forget to use #Velocity12Williams for your 20% discount.

I hope to see you there.

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