Fresh Eyes

2013 The Nines Conference


In this 5-minute session from the 2013 The Nines Conference by Leadership Network, Charles Stone shares how taking a break from the pastorate gave him fresh eyes in church services. Charles Stone is Senior Pastor at West Park Church in London, Ontario, Canada. He is also the President of StoneWell Ministries and the author of four books including Daughters Gone Wild, Dads Gone Crazy, People Pleasing Pastors, and Brain-Savvy Leadership. 


Which of Charles’ points did you find most impactful? Why?
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What did the Lord reveal to you through this message? Did you gain a specific insight into your life or ministry? What challenged you?
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How were you encouraged through this message? How can you use what you’ve learned to encourage someone else—in your personal life, at work, or at church—and equip them as a disciple of Christ?
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How, practically, can you implement what you heard from this message in your life and/or ministry today? What will you do differently this week because of what you’ve just heard?
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When Charles took a break from the pastorate for a year, he had eyes to see eight things about himself and the church that surprised him and helped him better identify with congregants. Consider how you could take time away or invite someone on staff who has eyes to see what you may be blind to.  


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