When the opportunity came to listen to Bill Hybels “live” and not on cassette tape or a video recorder I jumped at the chance. The three days conference I attended in The Cardiff Arena was a turning point in my life.
I left the conference with renewed vision, restored belief and a recognition of the immense responsibility that leaders have no matter what sphere of life they are called on to stand up as leaders.
Since then I have listened and listened to his talks on cd, read the books he writes and attended nearly any conference he speaks at.
There are men you get to respect and admire more than others and Bill Hybels stands apart as a leader of leaders.
Some of the things that stand out for me when I think of Bill Hybels are:
- His ability to connect as well as communicate
Although he would not regard speaking and teaching as his prime gifting, he captures my attention with his insights and wisdom.
- His authenticity
His willingness to share his failures and mistakes openly has been an encouragement not a discouragement to tens of thousands of leaders. Vulnerability is a result of being so honest and authentic, and he has been willing to be vulnerable which has made him “real” in the eyes of his peers.
- His amazing passion
You can’t fail to know what is important to him because of his passion for the things he cares about. His passion for developing diligent leaders, his passion for the church as a community that can change the world and that being far from God is a position to avoid!
I’m careful who I attach the word mentor to! I have no problem in attaching the word mentor to Bill Hybels.
Check out two of his books on Amazon “Courageous leadership” and “Axiom’s”