Bill is interviewing Brian Houston from Hillsong Church. It is the second interview in a row where Bill tried to put the interviewee on the back foot at the beginning of the interview. I wonder what that is about.
Brian has faced a good deal of challenge in the last few years, including the Aussie 60 Minutes TV expose and a late in life revelation about his father’s sin and brokenness. I’m excited to hear his insight into leading through pain.
- I knew the call of God was on my life, but understanding grade and being comfortable in my own skin took far too many years.
- ‘You should come to our church. The pastor swings out into the crowd on a rope.’ LOL!
- Leaders tend to live in the redline of the tachometer, so when a challenge hits, it can send us into a dangerous unsustainable speed.
- My stress culminated in a panic attack, which forced some significant overdue changes to my life. The way I travel, I quit sleeping tablets, brought more discipline into some aspects of my life.
I always appreciate a leader who shares current vulnerabilities and struggle. Brian Houstin is visibly still working through challenges, but choosing to share current personal struggles.
- ‘Who wrote this song?’ Joel wrote it. ‘Joel who?’ I didn’t see it coming.
- I’m always moved by the resiliency of the church. Through transition and tension and challenge, the church thrives. God leads the church.
- Hybels to new staff, ‘I’m delighted you’re beginning your season here, I don’t know if you will be here for a long season or short season. One day my season will end here as well. God will bring and we will come and go and I pray we can serve well together as our seasons overlap.’
- Hybels blessing Brian Houston, ‘every time after I leave your presence, my faith is expanded. You have a gift of growing faith in the lives of others.’ That’s a wonderful blessing to say about another pastor.
- I’ve seen it over and over, a season comes to a close, or some key person moves on and I think, ‘ok God, I guess that chapter is closed.’ But God continues the momentum and grows the ministry way beyond what it was.
An American movie studio made a movie about Hillsong United. The preview is inspiring, I very much look forward to the movie.
Brian Houston was powerful. I confess I’ve not appreciated his preaching as its heavy prosperity emphasis bothers me. But I greatly appreciated how he expressed his heart and how he navigated pain while in leadership.