Don't Be Seduced By Fame

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In this 10 minute session from Leadership Network's 2012 The Nines Conference, Rick Warren, Lead Pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA, challenges pastors and leaders to pursue integrity and not fame. 

As you watch this session, take notes and write down thoughts about how this session can impact your role.



Rick said that a common mistake young leaders make is to be seduced by fame. He said that it was a fatal mistake to choose:
  • celebrity over integrity
  • fame over fruitfulness
  • promotion over devotion
  • prominence over significance
  • prestige over productivity
  • making a name for yourself over growing a local church ministry

Read over that list again slowly. How can you make sure that you are pursuing God's glory and not your own? What practical things can you do right now to make sure that you aren't seduced by fame, and that you are taking care of your primary responsibilities?
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Rick talked about the parable of the trees and the thorn bush from Judges 9, and made four insightful observations. First, he said, "People who are truly ready to lead are often too busy doing something else." They are busy bearing fruit in the area that God has gifted them. In what areas has God specifically gifted you? What has He made you passionate about? Are you working in that area? Why or why not?
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Rick said that a common mistake young leaders make is to be seduced by fame. He said that it was a fatal mistake to choose:celebrity over integrityfame over fruitfulnesspromotion over devotionprominence over significanceprestige over productivitymaking a name for yourself over growing a local church ministry
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Rick's third point was that "poor leaders often get selected out of desperation." As your church or organization grows, you'll constantly be in need of additional leaders. What processes can you put in place right now to help make sure you promote qualified people whom God has gifted to lead?
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Rick's fourth point was that young leaders start off fast and burn bright, but in a few years, they are nowhere. If you are a young leader, what can you do to make sure you'll stay the course? Many young leaders think, "But I'm different, I'll be the exception." What's the danger in that way of thinking?
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If you are a seasoned leader, how can the content of Rick's message help you as you mentor younger leaders?
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Rick concluded by saying, "focus on doing good, not being great." He said that we should never give up integrity for celebrity, because our personal celebrity won't really last, only the church will. How will you faithfully serve His Church right where He's placed you?


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