Session 13: T.D. Jakes

Named by TIME magazine as one of the “25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America,” Bishop Thomas Dexter (T.D.) Jakes is an entrepreneur, global advocate, philanthropist, and pastor of The Potter’s House. Located in Dallas, Texas, this multiracial, non-denominational congregation has more than 30,000 members. Known for his service to both the church and the global community, he’s led initiatives to combat domestic violence, homelessness, poverty, and AIDS. A prolific writer, Bishop Jakes has authored more than 30 books, including two¬†New York Timesbest-sellers. A past and popular Summit speaker, he will close our 2010 gathering with a powerful and moving reminder of the greatness of God.

Combustible Passion

  • How to really impassion and motivate the people under you, so that they can be all that they can be.
  • When people are passionate about what they do, they are far more effective at what they do.
  • It is not always about money. It is about passion, and caring.
  • Church leadership is unique. People don’t come to follow you, they come to follow Jesus. They came to follow him, but they got stuck with you. In business we call it bait and switch. (haha)
  • It is your responsibility to make sure that they don’t hear another sound than the one that drew them to what they are called to do.
  • We cannot be clones when it comes to passion. It is not about mimicking other people. People will get tired of following a cheap copy of a great original.
  • Make sure that we are growing from a divine place, from a sacred place, from a place of strength.
  • Leadership is always transition. It’s not just maintaining. It is moving from here to there, from A to B.
  • People follow people who move, who take action, who take risk.
  • It has to be bigger than you.
  • God can’t use people who don’t have a real connection with him to do his work.
  • Make sure that the lamp in your group, church, business doesn’t go out.
  • Make sure that what you envision happening as it passes down, doesn’t become diluted or polluted. Not contaminated by people with their own agendas. From the head, to the beard, to the skirt. You want the passion to be the same on the skirt, as it is on the head.
  • People are passionate when you ask them to do something within their grasp. I don’t mind being stretched, but I don’t want to be ripped apart.
  • Evaluate what people can do, and keep the carrot in front of them enough to challenge them, but not so much to overwhelm them.
  • Make sure that the staff, team deliver on the promise that you projected. Being a person of faith is an advantage. Even if I didn’t communicate appropriately with them, then I have divine help. You have to know that you are not in this alone.
  • One of the things that causes people to be impassioned is the contagious passion that they see in you everyday.
  • Passion is more than emotionalism. Passion is the fuel that makes it go. Put people to work doing what makes them leap out of bed in the morning.
  • Show me the things that will work for me. That fit my skillet.
  • Leaders are called to deliver people across the land.
  • Two different kinds of leaders:
    • Builders
    • Bankers (not dealing with money)
  • Builders
    • People you can give little to nothing, and they can make something out of it. A banker can build out of anything.
    • Better at building than maintaining. If you are builder then you need a banker.
  • Bankers
    • Are you bringing around people who do what you do?
    • If you surround yourself with people who do what you do, they compete with you but they don’t complete you.
    • Surround yourself with people who are good at what you are not.
    • Good teams complete you, and they don’t compete with you. They add to you, and they don’t accessorize.
    • You don’t want to make confidants out of people who are serving with you.
    • Confidants are close friends, who you can be transparent with.
    • Confidants are people that are for you. When you are and when you are down. When you are popular, when you are unpopular.
  • Constituents
    • People who are not for you, but they are for what you are for. They work with you, and they serve with you.
    • Don’t try to hold people too tightly that are meant to come and go.
    • Some people are meant to “come to pass.”
  • Comrades
    • They are not for you, they are not for what you are for, they are against what you are against.
    • They are attracted to the fight. Some people are motivated to fight.
    • Jesus had Peter. Peter cutoff ears and stuff. You need to keep at least one ear-cutter. (haha)
    • How do you manage someone who is passionate in a way we don’t understand?
    • If you have someone like this, they are an asset if you learn how to use them.
    • You don’t want to kill the fight, you don’t want to direct them to the target.
    • Real good leadership takes the passion that is on the leader and divides among the team.
    • If the leader is passionless, then the team will be passionless.
  • You work best with people that you read well.
  • If you’re going to lead people like Jesus you have to be willing to show them your wounds and let them see who you are.
  • When you go out to face your Goliath, your giant, your task, you don’t just have to fight battles, you have to fight mediocrity, normalcy.
  • Sometimes I encourage people, they go home with courage, and I am depleted. Sometimes as a leader, helping them, I wish I had someone to help me.

What you have, people of faith, that other people do not have, is that you turn to the Lord. The Lord gives you passion.

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