Catalyst 2011 Notes – Andy Stanley

The more successful you are as a leader, the less accessible you will become.

This is not an excuse. This is not a card you get to throw down to get out of talking with someone. You should not make yourself inaccessible when in reality you could be accessible to those people that really need you.

At the same time, you will ultimately have to decide who you will and will not be accessible to. As a pastor/leader, you can not do everything yourself. Burnout happens when we try to do too much.

Galatians 6:9-10 says, “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.”

Life is not fair. Fair ended in the Garden of Eden. When Jesus chose his disciples, he chose 12. He did not choose everyone. It is perfectly fine to choose you want to pour into. You can choose who you want on your team. You do not have to choose every person that comes along. It is in the end your decision. Not everyone will like it but you shouldn’t expect them to and it should not bother you. You are building a team. You want the best people on your team. So, you get to decide who you lead, pour into, hire, and who comes along side you to join you on your mission.

You can’t shut it out but you can’t take it all on. You can’t serve everybody. You can’t help everybody. But that does not mean you shouldn’t serve anyone.

Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone.

Don’t be fair. Be engaged.

You are in this for the long haul.

Go deep rather than wide. Go long term rather than short term. Go time and not just money.

Don’t just throw your money at a problem or a person. Give of yourself.