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Here is a quick post from Pat Rowland ! You can check out his blog here and follow him herehttps://twitter.com/pdrowland   This week we had FLIP, the Woodside Kids Summer Camp, a 4 day camp on 5 of our campuses.   The other 3 will be hosting modified versions of FLIP later this summer.  It has […]

Leading a Next Gen team, especially during challenging times, Can put a Pastors strength to the test, keeping his or her team calm, focused and confident during periods of uncertainty at times leads me to feel like a like a military commander.

Leaders earn the respect and trust of their team by setting an example of excellence.

Showing your team that you have their best interest in mind as well as that of your church goes a long way to gain trust.Think with me about being on the battlefield, bullets flying everywhere and you as the leader being willing to take a bullet by taking responsibility for a mistake.

When leaders Lead strong, it shows integrity and ownership for your team’s decisions.When things go wrong, a weak team leader will quickly shift the blame,While a strong leader will hold him or herself accountable and looks for alternate solutions.

Being a Strong Leader means empowering your Next Gen staff, not micromanaging them where they do not feel safe offering an opinion for fear of ridicule.

A kids director or a student pastor may follow your orders out of intimidation but secretly wish you would get shifted to another platoon aka another part of the church.

Strong Leaders have the power to make or break a healthy team by ignoring petty politics, discouraging gossip and setting high expectations for themselves and their team.

Clear, effective communication and adhering to company’s goals and principles without wavering is what separate leaders that inspire loyalty from those who encourage their employees to jump ship where they will feel more secure.

Today Thought are all over the place are you picking up what I’m putting down?

What are your thoughts on how to Lead Strong?

I don’t know about you, but I generally never want to ask for help especially as the leader. I am sometimes too prideful to admit to anyone, even God, that I need their aid. Yet, God tells us to do otherwise.

God says that it is an ultimate act of faith in God to ask for help. If we truely have faith, will we not be eager to pass our requests on to our all-powerful God? I struggle most in bringing requests to God that seem too easy for me to not do them myself, or too trivial for God to worry about. I think “Oh, I can do THAT! I don’t need help; I don’t need God. I can handle it myself!” However, God tells us that it is a sign of respect and definitely a mark of humility and faith to bring even the small things to God.

However, God tells us that it is a sign of respect and definitely a mark of humility and faith to bring even the small things to God.


  • 1 Peter 5:5 God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.
  • Proverbs 15:33 The fear of the Lord teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor.

So what exactly is humility? Humility is being humble, childlike, gentle, kind, willing to confess when you’re wrong, (as I lead this has been a great way to show humility)  and a willingness to take advice from others, a constant desire to put others before yourself, to be like Christ.

After all, Jesus is the King of Kings, yet in his royal procession, he rode a donkey instead of a horse. He’s God, yet he made himself a servant to all and suffered death on the cross for us. So what do we do to get humility?

It’s been said

Right now I’m striving to lead strong by being concern with what’s right instead of who is right!

What are your thoughts on how to Lead Strong?