DCL 1.2 Inspiration | Dead Leader Running

Outline of Session

  • Introductory comments
  • We will teach what we know, but we will reproduce what we are
  1. There must be a genuine integrity inside
  2. The future church depends on it
  3. It is vital for you to learn from the “storms” of your life
  • Wayne’s story
  1. Ministry symptoms
  2. Physical symptoms
  3. A doctor diagnosed him with a low serotonin level
  4. Wayne began to look at his life differently
  • Principles for sustainable living
  1. Know what fills and drains your tank
  2. Understand balance in life
  3. Lead out of rest
  4. Find a lightning rod
  5. Be disciplined in your daily devotions
  • Closing Remarks
  1. The goal is to run in a manner that protects the flame
  2. Running fast will not help
  3. Draw near to the throne of grace in order to reignite the flame
  4. Closing prayer


Conference Session by Wayne Cordeiro

(Try to make space to watch this video in one sitting.)




1.  Personal Reflection:  Write down the key insight that you can personally take away.


2.  Are you a “dead leader running?” Discuss with your team how you feel you relate—or don’t relate—to what you’ve just heard.


3.  Wayne Cordeiro explained how important it is for everyone to know what fills their tanks and what drains their tanks. Use the chart below to begin to think about this in your own life.

Use the following questions as prompts:

  • What am I doing?
  • Where am I doing it?
  • Who am I with?

When you have finished, take a few moments to write what drains your tank.

  • Pick one thing you wrote down that fills your tank. Below, write down one or two action steps you need to take in order to be able to participate in that activity or relationship on a more frequent basis. My action step(s)
  • Go around the group and share the activity you picked, as well as the action step you wrote down. If you wish, partner with someone and commit to holding each other accountable to accomplishing your action step.
  • If you are married, have your spouse fill out a similar list and compare them. Exchange lists and use them to pray with and for each other over the next month.


4.   Wayne Cordeiro also shared the “principle of the fulcrum.” What does your fulcrum look like?

  • In the space below, draw what you believe your life looks like now. For example, is your fulcrum right in the middle? Is it to one side or the other? Be sure to label your drawing. Now:
  • Next, draw what you want your life to look like. Make sure you label this drawing as well. What you want:
  • Finally, think about one or two steps you need to take to make your picture look more like the second one. Write your ideas below. My action step(s):
  • When everyone has finished drawing, go around the group and share your picture. Discuss.


5.  Lastly, Wayne Cordeiro recommended everyone identify at least one “lightning rod” in his or her life. Below, make a list of the person or people who you trust to serve in that capacity for you.


My lightning rod(s):


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