Adam Weber is the founder and lead pastor of Embrace, a multisite church based out of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, that was named by Outreach magazine as one of the fastest growing churches in the U.S. He also hosts a podcast called The Conversation and has written two books, including his latest, entitled, Love Has a Name: Learning to Love the Different, the Difficult, and Everyone Else. Adam is married to Becky and they have four children.
Key Questions for Adam Weber
-For pastors and ministry leaders, what is the relationship between leading and loving?
-What is the danger of loving generally versus loving specifically?
-How as pastors do we love difficult people?
-How is loving others related to making disciples?
Key Quotes from Adam Weber
“I look back and I was so passionate about Jesus and telling people about Jesus and seeing Jesus transform lives, that often times I haven’t in the past done the best job at caring for those around me.”
“A critical part of that leadership is loving the people around you, and not treating them like robots or machines but like humans with souls who need to be cared for.”
“We’re able to dehumanize people when we don’t put a name on them. The cashier that’s slow to get your food, the driver in front of you that’s keeping your from your job, the frustrating coworker…any time we don’t see them as a human with a name, with a story, with a family, we begin to treat them differently.”
“As leaders, we should know the stories of our staffs better than anyone…that takes intentional discipline.”
“Anytime you generalize people, you begin to dehumanize them.”
“For me personally, there’s nobody harder to love than the Pharisee Christian.”
“I have to be poured into by God and others [in order to love difficult people].”
“There are certain people who are toxic people.”
“Early on as a pastor I think I was guilty of trying to make everyone like me. I would hold on to people way longer than I should have, instead of blessing them and saying, ‘Hey I think this other church might be a better fit.’”