Due to the huge response and continued strong sales for Leaders Who Last, I am setting up "Leadership Weekends" with churches around the country as well as in Canada.
It is one year since Leaders Who Last was published by Crossway Books and the book is still in the top ten in Christian leadership on Amazon both in paper and electronic format and is in it's 4th printing. All praise to Jesus!
I head out on Friday, Jan 21st for the 1st weekend of 2011; River Lakes Church in Bakersfield, California. They are expecting 200 of their leaders for a full Saturday of presentation coupled with think, write, pray, application time, small group discussion & Q&A.
I gather with key leaders on Friday and Saturday evening and preach at all services on Sunday morning on "What leaders and followers expect from each other."
My dream goal for 2011 is to be in twenty-four Cities.
"When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, 'The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest"~Matthew 9:36-38 ESV
You could refer to laborers as leaders in these verses without violating the meaning of the passage. These verses have been significantly motivating for me for over 25 years. Things haven't changed much since Jesus first said this. The harvest (hurting, hungry and needy people) are still plentiful & the Laborers (leaders) are still few.
My calling is to impact the next generation of church leaders through: Teaching, Writing and Coaching.
The expressed purposes for the Weekend are:
1. To move each leader's personal leadership to a new level
2. To encourage each church(s) to take leadership development seriously and make it a core value
3. To help each church (s) to launch/ improve a leadership development philosophy and pathway
You can go to this link http://bit.ly/g4F3Rg to see more details or click on the "Seminar Tab" at davekraft.org (this web site). I would love to come to your church!
I would deeply appreciate your praying for my weekends at churches during 2011.
Pray that as I am there, all of us would see Luke 5:26 ESV happen, "And amazement seized them all, and they glorified God and were filled with awe saying, 'we have seen extraordinary things today.' "