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Catalyst 2010: Craig Groeschel

Craig Groeschel took the main stage before lunch. Here are some of the thoughts that grabbed my attention:


  • on tension between generations… “We need each other.”
  • “I’m standing on the shoulders of great men and women who have gone before me.”
  • “I used to throw up before I spoke every time.”
  • “I would beg you not to resist, fear or judge the next generation leaders, but instead believe in them and invest in them.”
  • “Don’t resent them because they’re different. They’re supposed to be different.”
  • “When you delegate authority, you develop leaders.”
  • “It is much worse to be unreal than uncool.”
  • “There is nothing worse than a fat 50-year-old wearing skinny jeans. That is wrong, and it’s not of God.”
  • “If you are not dead, you are not done.”
  • “Your age and your experience are your greatest assets.”
  • “Embrace the season you are in.”
  • Talking to the younger generation… “You feel very entitled.”
  • “You tend to overestimate what God wants to do through you in the short run. When you don’t get it, you grow disillusioned.”
  • “You underestimate what God wants to do through you in the long run.”
  • “There is spiritual greatness in you. Don’t get discouraged in the short run.”
  • Quoting Andy Stanley: “Honor publicly leads to influence privately.”
  • “When we truly honor Him, we will honor the authority of the leaders over us.”
  • “There’s a difference between respect and honor. Respect is earned, but honor is given.”
  • “Be teachable. Be hungry to learn.”
  • “When I was your age, we weren’t thinking about people with unclean water.”
  • “I believe in you.”
  • “Work together. Believe in each other.”


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Tony is the Chief Strategic Officer and founder of The Unstuck Group. For 14 years, Tony served on the senior leadership teams at West Ridge Church (Dallas, GA), NewSpring Church (Anderson, SC) and Granger Community Church (Granger, IN). He's written several books and articles that have been featured with the Willow Creek Association, Catalyst and Pastors.com.