15 Quotes from Andy Stanley #Catalyst14 Opening Session

*These quotes came from the first session of Catalyst 2014 in Atlanta. Find out more about Catalyst here.

Andy Stanley kicked off the main session at Catalyst by reading Nehemiah 1 and asking two simple questions:

1) Who are you?

2) What breaks your heart?

Andy went on to share his personal answers—I’m a pastor of a large church in Atlanta, he said, and what breaks my heart is that people go to bed at night not knowing Jesus and that so many high school students will never step foot in a church because the church has been marginalized.

Next, Andy’s wife, Sandra, took the stage. “I’m a pastor’s wife,” she said. “What breaks my heart is the fact that 400,000 children are in foster care.” Foster children are far more likely to experience unemployment, homelessness and incarceration. If everyone in the church today chose to foster, she said, we’d have more than enough homes for children. “That has to change and the church can change it.”

15 Highlighted Quotes From Andy’s Talk:

“There’s a correlation between leadership and change. Great leaders make things better.”

“Blame is perhaps the greatest change avoidance strategy.”

“Great leaders don’t blame. The moment you take responsibility, then you’re leading. Leaders change things.”

“Brokenhearted leaders change things that go beyond the current generation.”

“The thing that breaks your heart is perhaps the thing that God wants to do in and through you for this generation.”

“Nehemiah’s broken heart was part of his divine design.”

“Your leadership gift is given for a purpose—to intersect with God’s divine design.

“You have not been called to change the world, but you have been called to change something.”

“You have no idea what—or who—hangs in the balance.”

“If you opt for purposeless because of fear, you will wish that you could come back and say yes to the thing that scares you to death and breaks your heart—because that’s what leaders do.”

“Many years from now, what would you like people to line up and thank you for?”

“God wants you to engage your leadership in what breaks your heart.”

Don’t let the “how” scare you away. God is the God of “how.” What God originates, God orchestrates.

“You are a leader. And not just a leader, you’re a called leader.”

“You have not been called to change the world. You have been called to change something.”

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