Be a competency facilitator

When I was a 31-year-old junior high pastor at a large church in Pasadena, California, my senior pastor took me out for lunch on the anniversary of my hire. During lunch, he asked me what job I’d like to have someday in the future. I told him that I absolutely loved youth ministry and hoped to stay connected to it in one way or another for the rest of my life. But I also uttered an additional crazy thought: one day I’d love to be your executive pastor.

Apparently he heard me; less than two years later that senior pastor asked me to take on the executive pastor role. I was 33. I had bleached blonde hair,...

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