Leadership Lessons

August 7, 2014 — Leave a comment

Follow the leader

Earlier this week, I shared about God opening the door for a new ministry role. The announcement about the change was made to the church on Sunday, but I’ve actually been serving in this role since July 1. Over the past month, I’ve already felt God stretching me and teaching me in multiple areas.

One of my new responsibilities is overseeing our Fellowship Kids staff. This includes 7 full-time team members, 1 part-time team member, and currently 1 intern. I love that I’m getting the chance to lead leaders, but I’ve got a lot to learn. Here are a few leadership lessons I’m learning as I do my best to lead this team.

1) If you want respect from those who follow you, show respect to those who lead you.

The boss/leader sets the tone for a team. When you show respect and submit to the authority over you, the team gets the chance to see the behavior you desire. I love the guys who are leading me, and I hope our team has the same confidence in me.

2) People need to know why just as much as they need to know what

The team needs to know what is expected of them, but more importantly they need to know why it matters. I’m learning that to being a good leader means taking time to help the team understand the why behind the what.

3) Leaders need the freedom to fail

I’m 100% positive that I will make mistakes. It’s only been a month in this role, and I’ve probably made more than I even realize! To keep the team dreaming and pushing forward, there has to be freedom to trying something new, change things up, and be innovative. Sure, it might end in some epic fails, but I always want to be thinking about how we can better reach children with the Gospel.

4) Value and respect go a long way

I’ve had the privilege of hearing leadership-guru John Maxwell speak a few different times. In each of his talks, I remember him stressing the need for encouragement, respect, and value for every team member. I want each team member to know that they are valuable and critical to our mission of making disciples. I’m slowly learning what that looks like and how to apply it to our team.

5) Lead with confidence and humility

This one is tough for me. I’m working hard to find the balance between confidence and humility in leading. I need to be someone who others can follow, this takes confidence. I want to be someone who others want to follow, this takes confidence and humility.

What other leadership lessons would you share with me?


Yesterday, our church announced some exciting changes happening in our Family Ministry. Our lead student pastor has moved into the role of Family Pastor and our Jr. High Pastor has stepped up to lead the student ministry. These guys are gifted leaders. I’m excited to see how God uses them in their new roles.

I’m also excited that I will get to work with them as I transition to my new role as FellowshipKids (FSK) Pastor. I will continue to provide leadership for our preteen ministry, but I will also be overseeing staff and programming for all of children’s ministry (birth thru 6th grade). I love this church and I love our children’s ministry staff, so I feel incredibly blessed.

I know this change will stretch and challenge me. It already has! I am praying and seeking God for direction, and I’m trusting In His grace and power.

As for the blog, I’m hoping to get back to sharing ideas, questions, and experiences. When I started in preteen ministry, so many of you gave me encouragement and insight. I’m counting on you to keep it up!


Last week, Elle Campbell started a conversation on social media about the best questions to ask potential volunteers. There were so many great questions getting tossed out that I couldn’t keep up!

So, Elle used her amazing talents and her amazing blog to share the best questions ans some honorable mentions. Be sure you check out The Very Best Volunteer Interview Questions over at Elle’s blog. The list of questions is a great help in talking with people about plugging into your ministry. I am looking forward to using these questions to help with our volunteer recruitment.

I want to be helpful too, so I put together a list that I call The Very Worst Volunteer Interview Questions! These are ridiculously horrible things that no person should ever say in a volunteer interview, so please don’t use these questions.

#1 – How much money do you make?

#2 – Why haven’t you served before? Do you have issues?

#3 – Are you the type of person who misses church a lot to go the lake?

#4 – If so, can I come with you?

#5 – Can you recite the genealogy of Jesus beginning with Abraham?

#6 – Would you be willing to memorize that before starting in this role?

#7 – In 30 seconds or less, please explain all views of the millennium.

In all seriousness, go read The Very Best Volunteer Interview Questions and think about how you can use them in recruiting for your ministry. Your volunteers will thank you!

I am Barabbas

April 18, 2014 — Leave a comment
Photo Credit: Church of the Redeemer

Photo Credit: Church of the Redeemer

On this Good Friday, I confess that I am Barabbas.

Barabbas was a criminal facing death–his deserved punishment. After Passover, there was a custom to pardon one criminal for their committed crimes. The crowds would choose, and then that man would be free from all punishment. The crowds chose Barabbas, and so Jesus took his place. Jesus was blameless and innocent, but He willingly went to the Cross instead of Barabbas.

I am the murderer. I am the rebellious rioter. I am the convicted criminal who deserves punishment.

I am not innocent. I have done nothing to deserve pardon. I have no claim of righteousness.

But I am Barabbas. Because of Jesus, I am pardoned and free.

As I think about Jesus’ journey to the cross and His death, I realize that this is God’s gracious exchange of my wickedness for Christ’s righteousness. Jesus’ actions on this day are the redeeming actions of grace that transforms my life. I was dead in my sins and facing my much-deserved punishment, but Jesus substituted himself for me. He is the propitiation for my sins. By His wounds, I am healed.