So I just got from vacation. I took almost 3 weeks off. I am not going to lie, it was pretty amazing. I never have done anything like that before in ministry and I was really challenged by my friend Derry Prenkert in a podcast I did with him about taking a longer time off (you can listen to that episode HERE).

One week I went to the sleepy beach town of Carlsbad, CA, where we stayed on the beach with my wife and baby boy. then I went to the National Youth Workers Convention with the DYM crew and that was awesome as always. Then I stayed home for a week as we didn’t have service the Wednesday night of Thanksgiving so I took the whole week off.

But gladly/sadly I am back this week and I am wanting to meet with our leaders as we enter into the busy holiday season. For me personally, I try to challenge myself to meet with all my leaders for a one-on-one once every 6 weeks. I know, that is a lot. But for me, I value that time. I enjoy my leaders company and I want to make sure they are doing ok, they are heard and they are doing what they need to be doing.

I am showing you an excerpt from an email I sent out this week to our high school leaders. I ALWAYS ask the same three questions when we meet and it is amazing to hear the insight that comes from them. I will be honest though, most of the time we don’t go through all of them because I want to make sure our leaders know I care about THEM AS A PERSON before them as a leader. I love hearing what God is doing in them and through them.

I think these 3 easy and simple questions should be a part of everyone’s lists as they meet with leaders. It has brought so much fruit for our ministry and community to our leaders. I thought I would share with you all:

Hey high school leaders.

As much as I love all of our leaders, you have a the more special place in my heart since you serve high schoolers. I am back from my vacation and I’m not going to lie, it was awesome. It was a well needed break for me and my family but I am back and ready to roll!
I would love to get together with you in the next few weeks before Christmas in order to sit down with you and ask you three questions:
  • How are you doing?
  • How are you doing as a leader in CCV Students?
  • How can I help you do what you do better?
As an introvert, I highly value time with our leaders. Wednesday nights are awesome, but crazy. There is no REAL time to sit down and chat. I would love to do that with you.