“A Life of Impact” by Ken Cochrum

This weekend, Gateway Austin Small Group, Network, and Ministry leaders came together at the Horseshoe Bay Resort for the Gateway Leaders Getaway. We had a great time with time swimming in the lake or in the pool, connecting with other leaders, participating in breakouts, worship, and main sessions.

Our guest speaker for the main sessions was Ken Cochrum. Ken serves as the Vice President for Global Digital Strategies with Cru. Check out more of his ideas and insights at www.onleadingwell.com or follow him on twitter @KenCochrum,

Here are some of the insights from his sessions:

Leaders eat problems for breakfast.

God uses people to impact people. We may have a personal relationship with God, but it isn’t an individual relationship.

Our faith is intended to be lived out together.

Many of the times ‘you’ is mentioned in the Bible, it should be understood as ‘y’all.’

Intimacy increases impact. Intimacy means: Knowing and being known Trust Respect Understanding Love

Healthy leaders are growing. The future of your church depends on the health of your leaders.

“Spiritual leadership is leading people on to God’s agenda.” – Henry Blackaby

As your character and competency grow, people notice and you get more opportunities.

On Conflict Resolution:

Leaders are to be servants willing to wash the feet of others.

When others step in it, help them clean up!

Matthew 18:15

If – conditional
Your brother – not all people
Sins – against God’s ways
Go – be proactive
                   And show him his fault – be honest
                       In private – don’t involve others, minimal risk to their reputation
                           If he listens to you – conditional
                                   You have won your brother – goal is redemptive and being on the same team

Ask yourself: what is the redemptive pathway forward?

Five levels of leadership:

Self leadership
1-on-1 leadership – 10s
Team leadership – 50s
Organizational leadership – 100s
Societal leadership – 1000s

Exodus 18 – Jethro and Moses

God may give us leaders who can lead more than we can.

How do I grow my impact?

Environment – we become like those who lead us and those in our community

Exposure – listening to other leaders

Experience – letting people try, keep stretching (60-70%)

Equipping – give people what they need to succeed (20-30%)

Evaluation – feedback loop (10-20%)

What is God saying to you about your leadership?
Where are you currently excelling in your leadership?
What aspect would you like to see grow in the next 30 days? Who can help you?

On a God-Sized Impact:

“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us. The history of mankind will probably show that no people has ever risen above its religion, and man’s spiritual history will positively demonstrate that no religion has ever been greater than its idea of God.” ― A.W. Tozer

In the 1980s, the most difficult and impossible places to reach included China, Albania, Romania, and the U.S.S.R.. Not 1/2 a generation later, China, Albania, and Romania are sending out missionaries, and the U.S.S.R. doesn’t even exist!

In 2008, there were 3,100 tribal groups did not have any portion of the Bible. Wycliffe Bible Translators used to take 17 years to get a translation. Now it only takes a month since they team with locals in their efforts. In four years, now there are only 1967 tribal groups without any copy of the Scriptures.

If God is moving this powerfully around the world, then can’t we invite a co-worker out for lunch?

Who are the people God has brought into your life to serve, love, and impact?



  • Ken Cochrum

    Eric, thanks for capturing these nuggets. I really appreciated my time with you and Gateway!

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