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July 22, 2008

Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. Half way btw Calgary and Edmonton. Unlikely location for one of Canada’s largest most influential churches.

I have known Word of Life founding pastors Mel & Heather Mullen for about 20 years, and I’ve always been impressed with the youth in their church. Most pastors reach people 10 years older and 10 years younger. Not Mel and Heather. They have always reached their peers, and the generations coming behind them – people 20 and 30 years younger.

Right now as I type this blog on my Air, Mel it talking to about 200 Canadian pastors and church planters, trying to get them to think big.
I’m doing the afternoon sessions. As usual, I will talk about discipleship principles and process. The theme of this conference is “MULTIPLY.”

Here’s what Mel just said, that explains why his church has always had a vibrant youth movement.
“I walked into a staff meeting 4 years ago and said to my team: ‘I’m no longer asking you to build a church for my generation. From now on, I’m doing church to reach your generation."

Then Mel asked his young leadership team a question that all over-40 leaders need to ask: "What do I need to change about my leadership and this church in order to reach your generation?"

Mel went on to say, "Then they started telling me what I need to change. And they still tell me, everyday. And I’m changing.”

I wish every pastor leader would ask that question, and listen to the answer.
Mel and Heather have built a great church because they listen and they change.
That’s a good idea for all leaders, no matter what we are leading.

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