- Coming back from a week at the Exponential Conference and time away with my awesome wife. My head is spinning a bit, but I’m pretty excited about jumping back into ministry.
- Leadership starts with self.
- I kept my Twitter and Facebook accounts updated and consistent on vacation without having to keep updating by using Buffer.
- Thanks to the folks who contributed last week while I was gone. Always looking for new voices to publish here.
- Several good Exponential recaps and summaries: Matt Steen, Brian Hofmeister and Nick Farr.
- Tim Schraeder is the best at the conference recap though. His notes from a Gary Vee talk.
- The intensity of the Kony 2012 campaign is unprecedented. Here’s a visual of just how remarkable it was/is.
- You know what’s hard to find in Orlando? A non-chain restaurant.
- Terrace Crawford has a new book coming out on social media for church leaders, you should buy it.
- Always, always, always promote non-cheesy, good, art that uses Scripture.
- If you aren’t worried about lasting in ministry, you should be. Steve Gladen has some insight.
- My bet is that church mergers are the next big thing. Proof.
- As someone who used to watch big chunks of the NFL Draft I loved Rich Eisen’s reaction to Jacksonville’s selection of a punter.
For better or worse we are moving to a visually driven culture.
Pastors: we can either fight this or lean into the Creator of the Universe for the inspiration to communicate the truth in new ways.
Erik Bennett is not a self proclaimed Rookie Pastor, but he wants to pour into those of us who are. In this post Erik with his 15 years of youth ministry experience has learned the value of the team. Check out the rest of Erik’s stuff on his blog.
Take thirty seconds and list your top five favorite movies. Now, compare your list to mine:
I’ve made confession. Did you catch it? #5. It is what it is. I’m 6’2″. Coach all of my sons little league teams. Eat meat topped with bacon. Dislike ballet and on occasion, enjoy a good chick flick. As someone who loves leading teams let me say…If you want to grow as a Team Leader, than you need to watch a good chick flick. What’s that now? Yes, chick flicks
This is part 7 of a blog series called Finding a Church Job.
This post is for those of you looking for straight forward practical advice. You’re getting my personal opinions and what I would look for in “do’s” and “don’ts”. Lucky for you though you aren’t just getting my thoughts.
In italics you get to hear from my wife who works with college students professionally and has helped student prepare their resumes.
Resumes and Cover Letters
- Be specific. Tell them exactly what kind of role you want and why.
- Keep it short: If there is a staple, I’m not reading it.
- Get creative. Not annoyingly or distractingly so, but don’t just give me all text. Include a picture, table, chart, etc.
- Lead with what makes you most qualified.
- Be clear about what you did in past roles.
- Follow up a week after submission if you haven’t heard anything. Continue to periodically do until expressly eliminated. Churches are bad at follow up, but normally know it.
- Include links to online profiles. Ministry is a relational job.
- Give them more than paper. Include links to a video of you preaching, leading worship, promoting an event, or any other presence you have online. About.me or other online resume sites are great.
- Tailor it to the job. If you are sending multiple resumes out, don’t just copy and paste.
- Use the job description as a guide.
- Always write a cover letter. You can give more info and introduce yourself.
- Bullets are better than paragraphs. Always start with an action word.
- Proofread. Proofread. Proofread.
- Include professional development. i.e. conferences, seminars, published work, etc. Continue Reading…
This is me being honest, i feel i was born to network. I remember on summer i was all about collecting bottles and going to the convenient store to turn them in and get candy. Those were some of my best memories. I started to see something, i was only getting a small amount of bottles and small of candy. So i started pulling in boys down the street to pool bottles for money to get better candy to share. I was always using networking as a tool to do more together. On thing i have found after talking to countless rookie pastor and even some veteran ones that in their community networking is not a “big thing”.
This is part of a blog series that has 30 practical tips for the pastor looking to start or restart well. You can get the entire series as a Kindle book. The landing page will be updated with each new post.
You’ve got plans, ideas, and all those leadership books tell you that you need a “vision” for the future. So on that first day in the office you sit down and open the word document with all these ideas and off you go.
Here are two reasons why that is a bad idea: Bad Expectations and Good Expectations.
First the bad. There are some people that for whatever reason see a new pastor as a force to oppose and be skeptical of. Maybe they were burned in the past or are afraid of change to a pet program of theirs. So even if you come in and propose a program that guarantees discipleship, increased giving and unicorns for all there will be some that resist you. Good ideas are nothing without trust in the local church.
Now the good. In that first month you have practically zero expectations put on you. This is especially true if you are a newlywed. People want you to come over for dinner and get to know you and your family. If you are jumping right in talking shop you are missing the point.
So sit back and relax and remember that there will be plenty of time to change the world. Right now you need to relax, enjoy this time and develop the relationships that are so crucial to the ministry you plan to lead in the future.
As I’ve wrapped up my first year as lead pastor the most frequent question I’ve been asked has been, “After a year here, how do you feel?”. My answer: I feel like I’m becoming the pastor of RCC more each day.
After a year I’ve built some incredible relationships as pastor in many lives, but the truth is not every person that calls RCC home views me as their pastor yet. I had no naive expectation of coming in and replacing lifelong relationships. A pastor coming in to an established church means people have established relationships. For some they’ve spent years with their previous pastors and have developed wonderful relationships with them (as it should be.)
They might see me as “the” pastor, but that’s very different than being seen as “my” pastor. When you’re in the category of “the”pastor they only see you as holding a position. They might follow you to be obedient to God or just be going through the motions of following because others are, but at this point it’s strictly because they’ve been told who is leading.
- An abbreviated Quick Hits today because I am at Exponential this week. If you are as well let’s grab dinner tomorrow night. Appetizers are on us.
- Since I’m away this week, you’ll be seeing several guest posts from others. Be nice, comment and check out their blogs.
- Speaking of guest blogging, if you are interested I am always up for submissions.
- Perry Noble is blunt.
- What you believe about salvation and what the folks in your congregation believe might be different.
- Rookie Pastor. Rookie Parent.
This year for the first time I am attending the Exponential Conference. Exponential is the conference to attend for church planters, multi-site practitioners and pastors looking to get their church to pay for a trip to Orlando.
Running Rookie Pastor has allowed me to get to know pastors and leaders from around the country and conferences are a great opportunity for us to connect in person.
So after the Tuesday session we are meeting at Tommy Addison’s with the folks from Church Simple for dinner. No agenda, no pressure, just time to hang out and get to know one another. You can sign up here, which will let us know how many to prepare for because appetizers are on us.
So if you are coming to Exponential join us for dinner and seek me out.
I’ll be the tall guy with a Rookie Pastor sticker on his MacBook Air. Speaking of stickers if you want one I’ve got plenty.