2013 Global Leadership Summit Session 3b: Chris Brown
Co-Senior Pastor and Teaching Pastor, North Coast Church
Session 3: Right Title…Wrong Kingdom
- North Coast Church is the Evangelical Free denomination’s largest church with 9000+ attendees, 25 services and multiple campuses
- One of four Senior Pastors in North Coast’s innovative co-leadership system, considered a ground-breaking model for churches globally
- A uniquely-gifted Bible teacher, his authentic narrative style has facilitated North Coast to grow both larger and younger
- Passionate about developing communication gifts in young leaders, he serves as Adjunct Professor at Bethel College, and was formerly Campus Pastor at Azusa Pacific University
- Story of David and Goliath. Goliath was calling out Saul and Saul knew he wasn’t up for it.
- Spiritual leadership will always be different from secular leadership.
- “Saul kept a jealous eye on David.”
- Sometimes when we lose our title, we gain our character and our usefulness for God.
- We have to keep in mind… whose kingdom is this?
- Mark 10:42-45
- It’s not about greatness but serving others.
- You serve your staff, you make them better.
- Insecure leaders need that title and position, but a secure leader will pick up the towel and serve.
- Are you asking me to give up my title? No, Jesus is.
- North Coast has a shared leadership structure – 4 senior pastors who share that title.
- We don’t care who teaches the message as long as the message is being taught.
- Shared leadership is not for every leader. This is only for those who want to be great.
- We have a lot of personality-driven ministries whose boards are worried about succession. Who can we get to fill the seats?
- Why are young leaders leaving? Because we (older leaders) are there.
- It all comes down to pride and ego.
- 3 questions:
- 1) Do you have room in your chariot for a David or Joseph?
- 2) Do I expand His kingdom or my reputation?
- 3) What difference is the Holy Spirit making in the way I lead?
- Romans 12:1-2
- If a non-believer had my job and my skill set, would they be doing it differently? That answer better be yes.