Are You a Control Freak?

2011 The Nines Conference


In this 5-minute session from the 2011 The Nines Conference by Leadership Network, Chris Elrod, Founding and Senior Pastor of Impact! Church in Lakeland, Florida reflects on the beginning stages of planting his church in order to share how his need for control stifled the vision of his ministry.


Which of Chris' 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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Like Chris said, God will not use control freaks to carry out His plans in the world. In order to walk in obedience to Him, we have to surrender our need for control and learn to pass along leadership to others that we might partner with one another in bringing glory to Jesus Christ. If you struggle with control, take some time today to pray and ask God to transform that area of your heart. Invite others into your life for accountability and seek freedom from control for greater fruitfulness in ministry.


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