Archive for January, 2016


tony kim pictureHow do you integrate the arts (creativity) and the church?

Tony Kim, Communications director at Mariners Church, helps to understand how creativity and the arts can be embraced in the church. He shares 15 years of how he got to explore the role of arts in the church to create a meaningful worship experience. Tony also gives his leadership thoughts on how to lead a team and how to create fun meetings. Hear Tony’s experience with working at Comic-Con International as well as his journey of adoption.

 

 

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3 Take Aways

  1. Be authentic to who you are and step out in faith. Just because you go to seminary doesn’t mean that your life trajectory is set to be a pastor forever. I think most of us have a narrow and limited view on the roles and jobs in the church world. I know I did, but once I got to explore and see different things, I have realized that there is more out there. There are a variety of jobs and opportunities for people going into ministry. And if there isn’t something that fits, we can create something new that fits our passions and skills. In order to do this, people need to know their strengths, weaknesses and passions. When we know who we are and what we have called us to be, we can serve in such a unique way for the kingdom of God. So step out in faith and get ready for this beautiful journey.

  2. Get your voice out there. All pastors have a voice as leaders. It’s vital for pastors and leaders to know their unique leadership voice and style because they are leading their families, churches and people. We need to hone in on our own leadership voice and philosophy. The best way to do that is by writing, blogging, and sharing those ideas with people. The more leaders share their thoughts and insights, the better we can hone in on our beliefs and methodology on leadership. And the best part is, it’ll bless so many people.

  3. Get help.  Leaders typically don’t like other people helping them. We don’t like to appear weak. What’s worse is that when we are weak, we think we can fix it ourselves. That’s probably the worst thing a leader can do. What a leader needs to do is admit they need help and get help. Great leaders know when they need to get help before things turn for the worse. I highly recommend leaders to see a counselor and get a coach or mentor. Seeing a counselor doesn’t make a leader less. It makes them stronger. When more leaders do this, they’ll see that they can lead more effectively and wisely.

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paul sohnHow do you find your calling in your twenties?

Paul Sohn, leadership consultant and author, shares his personal journey of quitting his high profile job to find his calling. He wrote a book called, “Quarter Life Calling: How To Find Your Sweet Spot in your Twenties” to help other millennials find their purpose. Paul gives his wisdom and strategies on how to find your sweet spot in life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 Take Aways

  1. Family is important to help you in your sweet spot. We all have family in one shape or another. Our families play a huge role in helping us find our sweet spot. Some of us are more fortunate than others to have supportive parents that can guide us through the process. Most of us don’t have this luxury. Regardless, we need our family to guide us in the process of finding our sweet spot. For some, it may mean understanding our family history and story so that we can move forward. For others, it may mean appreciating family for their financial support or encouragement. We need to include our family in helping us find our calling.

  2. Your calling is given, not created. Calling isn’t something that we create. It is something that is given by our Creator. God has a universal call on our lives but he has a specific call on each of our lives depending on our personality, life story, gifts and passions. It’s important for us to live out this calling when we understand that it’s God who gives us our calling. There is a sense of freedom and peace knowing that we don’t need to create it but stay connected to the one who gives us our calling.

  3. Find your board of directors. If you want to grow, then you need a team of people in your life to speak into your life. Find four to five people who are friends, mentors, family and leaders that you trust. You are giving permission for these people to give you their honest feedback and brutal truths. This isn’t to hurt you but to reflects a mirror of truth for you. We can live in a bubble and think we are doing well when in fact, it’s not reality. The board of directors will give us a reality check so that we can lead with truth and not with lies.

 


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eugenecho2What does Eugene Cho think about multi-ethnic church, social justice and family?

Eugene Cho, pastor, author and social entrepreneur, shares his journey of planting a multi-ethnic church in Seattle. He also gives insights about his new book, Overrated, to help people understand the importance of social justice and generosity. Eugene also shares how he balances his family life with work and business life. Eugene gets very real and unplugged about some of his issues and struggles. Listen and be encouraged.

 

 

 

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3 Take Aways

  1. Multi-ethnic church. We need to live it out. It’s not enough to have the desire and intention to create a multi-ethnic. It’s not even enough to hire a person that looks different from the church community. It needs to be lived out by the pastors and leaders Monday through Saturday at the home. When was the last time we had dinner with someone from a different ethnic background? We need to love and embrace people in our community so that we can truly be a multi-ethnic church.

  2. God wants to change us. We like the idea of changing the world but we don’t actually want to do the work. There is a cost to making change happen and if we are honest with ourselves, we don’t want to actually do the work. Our intentions are good because we want to make a difference in the world and impact people. We want to move mountains but perhaps the greatest outcome is that God wants to change us. It’s like going on a mission trip where we are supposed to serve others but we always come back more blessed. When we step out in faith, God changes us to trust in Him and to see Him do something far more than we could have ever imagined. When we come to that realization, I think we will have more freedom to make a difference.

  3. Fight for family. Spending time with the family, taking Sabbaths and family vacations are sadly sometimes luxuries for pastors. We aren’t given much time off to spend with family. It’s easy to let the church culture to dictate our family culture. However, pastors need to fight for time with their families in the church. Leaders need to make family a priority and have conversations with church leaders, elders and congregations for that personal time and family time. If the church does not value the health of the pastor’s family then the pastor needs to fight for it.  It’s important that the pastor and leaders teach the church and show the church how to take vacation and rest. God rested on the 7th day and pastors need to rest and make family one of the highest priority. It’s a worthy fight!


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