Top 20 Quotes from Leadership Summit (2015)

Top 20 Quotes from Leadership Summit (2015)

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I spent the last two days with more than 2000 leaders in my community. We absorbed insights and encouragement from speakers at this year’s Global Leadership Summit. For those of you who may be unaware, the Leadership Summit is a two-day conference hosted by Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago. Central hosted the event the last few years and this year we hosted it at two of our campuses.

Below I’ve selected twenty of my favorite quotes from the event. Each of these quotes is my best representation in writing of what they said verbally or a summary thereof. Any errors in wording are my own.


When Does Your Passion Become Official?

When Does Your Passion Become Official?

I can feel an anxious excitement brewing inside me. As I write this I have slightly more than a month left until my second book hits the shelves. It’s called Redeeming Pleasure, and I’d love to have you read it and spread the word about it. Here’s a bunch of really nice things some incredible people said about it.

For a lot of people, it will be their first exposure to my writing.

But it’s not my first book.

I wrote that book back in 2012. My first book was a labor of love and didn’t always work out the way I envisioned. I tried to find numerous publishers for it but couldn’t. I was told all sorts of discouraging “facts” in the process. My idea was bad, my writing was bad, my platform was bad, etc. Instead of not writing it, or holding onto for years, I instead self-published it. It was met with very moderate success (a nice way of saying it won’t do anything to help me put my kids through college). But it was one of those things I felt like I had to do no matter what results it brought. It was a subject geared at a very niche audience. But it was a book I felt I had to write.

Ever had a feeling like that?


A message by Executive Pastor Jeremy Jernigan

More Than You Can Handle

In the message above I closed out our summer series That’s What He Said. In this one I tackled the expression that Christians love to say to each other by way of encouragement. “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” Is that really true? Here’s my take on it.

A message by Executive Pastor Jeremy Jernigan

Where Two or More are Gathered

The video above shows my message from this weekend at Central. In part 3 of my series That’s What He Said, I challenged another understanding of a verse we tend to quote out of context.

If God is with us when two or three gather in His Name, what does that mean when we are alone?

And here is the original blog post that this sermon started out with.

I Can Do All Things

The video above shows the message I gave at Central this weekend. It was the second part of our series “That’s What He Said” looking at popular misquoted verses in the Bible.

The big idea I talk about is that contentment comes from dependency on Jesus, not self-sufficiency.

And here is the original blog post where this message began.

The Lord Gives and Takes

In the video above I launch our new series “That’s What He Said” looking at different misquoted verses. This weekend I tackled Job’s conclusion that God gives and takes away. Check it out to see the context around this quote.

My conclusion is that God is good, and only good!