DCL 5.3 Inspiration | Leveraging Your Past

Outline of Session

  • Wess’ Story
  • The Calling
  • The Impact on Wess’ Leadership
  • Don’t Lead Without Passion
  • Forgiveness


Conference Session by Wess Stafford.

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



1.  It’s possible that this session has stirred up emotion and pain in you or someone on your team.  Take some time to process what you’ve heard in a safe manner, whether that’s praying together or listening to each other’s stories.  Feel free to participate only at the level you feel comfortable.


2.  Wess’ story pushed him to take up the cause of protecting and providing for those who were most vulnerable in the world – children.  What’s your cause?  Take some time by yourself to think about the question below and write what is on your heart.

  • Can your cause move you to tears?  Tears of sorrow at the need?  Tears of victory at the joys?
  • As you are comfortable, share what you wrote with your team.


3.  Wess declares, “Don’t let yourself lead without passion”.  He says that leadership without passion is not leadership at all!  Are you passionate about what you lead?

  • In the coming weeks and months what steps can you take to begin to lead out of passion?


4.  Wess asked everyone to do a homework assignment on their own: Take 30 minutes, and answer the questions below.  You can choose to do this in front of a mirror, or use the questions as prompts below.

Look at your reflection and ask God to give you His wisdom to understand yourself more clearly than you ever have before.  Then answer these questions:

  • Who am I?  What do I really care about?
  • What do I believe?  What do I value?  Why am I the way I am? Why do I do what I do?
  • Why do I lead what I lead?
  • What is my leadership story?  Where did it begin?
  • Is my leadership based on joy and fulfillment?
  • If so, who do I owe for it?  Who believed in me, before I believed in myself, and launched my leadership?
  • Do they know?  Have I ever thanked them?
  • Or, am I driven, even in success, by pain, sorrow, or fear?
  • If so, who hurt me?  Humiliated or discouraged me?
  • Have I ever forgiven them?  Even if they have not asked for forgiveness or are not even sorry, you’re allowing them to stay in your heart and mind, which is not hurting them at all – it’s only hurting you.
  • Whether your passion is fueled by joy or pain, the most profound question you may ever ask yourself is: What am I trying to prove, to whom and why?


5.  As leaders, it’s important to seek and find forgiveness in order to lead others effectively.  Prayerfully remain quiet and reflect on this verse.  Who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.”  2 Corinthians 1:4 (NIV)

  • It is important to seek comfort, specifically from God.  What are you doing to seek comfort and allow yourself to heal from past hurt?

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