Global Leadership Summit: Bob Goff & Mark Burnett

BobGoff_150Bob Goff surprised me… coming out on stage he was dressed like the lawyer that he is. Twenty seven seconds into his talk I quickly realized that the dude is a firecracker. Over the next thirty minutes he gave a high-energy whirlwind of a talk that seemed like it went all over the place, but came together around the truth of the Gospel, and what we are ultimately called to do: be open to what we are called to do, be willing to own that calling, and focus all of our effort on Christ (this is a VERY rough paraphrase, as I had a hard time keeping up with him and taking notes with all of the laughter).

MarkBurnett_150Mark Burnett has been hitting the Christian conference circuit pretty hard lately, this was the third time I had seem him in the last year (Catalyst, Q, and now the Global Leadership Summit). Bill set up the interview by talking a little bit about one of his favorite concepts: making a difference where you are… whether you are a pastor, ministry leader, banker, car salesman, or a Hollywood Producer. 

This was the first true interview of the Summit (Colin Powell was a talk followed by a discussion), and was much different than what I had expected. While much of the introduction was a rerun (no pun intended) of the conversations I had seen before, the conversation was actually pretty engaging, with a few pretty humorous moments when Mark said “ass” twice (que cranky uncle Bill!). Here are a few new things I took away from the conversation:

  • Mark said “When I hear no, I hear N.O.: next opportunity.” I normally roll my eyes at this kind of thing, but this really resonated with me (perhaps it was the accent?).
  • In order to make our God given vision a reality, we need to stop playing defense, and start playing offense. Stop apologizing for what you are called to do, and get after it!
  • On leadership: it is far more important to choose your traveling companions well than to choose the direction you are headed.
  • If the person at the top of a team does not raise up people and empower them to do their job, a project will fail.
  • Dream big, but don’t move forward with that dream until you have a clue about the logistics of that dream.
  • Making shows that are Christian is NOT an excuse to making it crappy.

Bill Hybels closed out the session with a very simple call to each of us: do something beyond yourself, within the unique context in which you serve, for the sake of the Gospel.


About the Author: Matt Steen

I love Jesus, Theresa (my wife), the Redskins & Capitals, and am currently living in Waco, Texas where I am studying the finer points of BBQ (while working on my MDiv and MBA at Baylor University). When not studying, I serve church leaders through and am the Director of Connections for Harris Creek Baptist Church's Downtown Campus.