Making It In Ministry Isn’t Easy But The Best Is Yet To Come

An Interview With Authors Gina McClain and Jessica Bealer

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing two amazing authors. They are Gina McClain (GM) and Jessica Bealer (JB). They are the co-authors of Don’t Quit: The Best Things In Ministry Come Over Time (Orange Books).

Gina McClain is a speaker, writer, and Children’s Ministry Director. She dreamed of being a motivational speaker when she was younger and learned through parenting motivation has more to do with actions than with words. Jessica Bealer Jessica Bealer has been a Children’s Ministry Leader for more than 17 years. She is on staff at Elevation Church and has overseen the launch of nearly twenty locations.

These female leaders know a thing or two about tenacity. They know leadership isn’t a short game. Leadership is the long game, even when you feel like quitting.

Hit Your Audience Where They Live With These Phone Marketing Strats

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When it comes to the most effective methods of marketing, then one question that must always be considered is: where are you going to find most of your audience? The demographics can change the answer to some degree, but the one device that’s already nearly ubiquitous and only growing more common in use is the smartphone. So, what are the options available to you when it comes to reaching your mobile audience, and which are worth looking more closely at?

Making The Tough Calls

I recently had to make a really tough call. One I had put off for longer than I should have. But making the call had to be done.

One of my favorite online mentors mentioned a man’s name I knew. A man I had once been friends with. I consider this mentor to be a great man of integrity.

Distraught woman laying next to couch holding a rotary phone

Photo by Anthony Tran

When I heard him mention my former friend’s name, I knew I had to reach out to my mentor. To make a tough call.

The man my mentor mentioned could be considered a success in the world’s eyes. He’s built up an online business that brings home a nice chunk of change. That’s awesome. I’m actually happy for my former friend that he’s reached monetary or worldly success.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From The Call Of The Wild

A Reel Leadership Article

Jack London’s classic literary story of Buck and his journey was originally released in 1903. This past weekend, it was brought to the big screen.

I have to be honest, I didn’t have huge expectations for this movie, much like last week’s Sonic The Hedgehog. However, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the great story they told through the new film.

The Call Of The Wild tells the story of Buck and the hands he passes through as he hears the call of the wild. He had a posh lifestyle living with a judge… Until he was kidnapped and sold to sledders. One of the hands he passes into is Perrault (Omar Sy).

Harrison Ford as John Thorton in The Call Of The Wild

Perrault is a mail delivery person. He treats his dogs well and cares for them. When he receives news his mail route is going away, Buck passes once more into the hands of someone abusive until John Thorton (Harrison Ford) steps in and frees him.

A Compassion Mindset Is The Secret For Engagement

What is Engagement?

Engagement is all the rage. Why? Because engaged employees are happier and more productive. Gallup defines engagement as “A belief among employees that they’re doing meaningful work in a climate that supports personal growth and development.” Dan Pink, in his New York Times best-selling book, Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us, analyzed four decades of engagement research to identify three key drivers; autonomy, mastery, and purpose.

Three ingredients for engagement:

At a practical level, engagement means:

  • employees have influence over how they do their work,
  • are learning and growing every day, and
  • are connected to something bigger than themselves.

Companies with the most engaged employees see real business results, such as reduced turnover, improved productivity, lower safety incidents, increased wellness, higher customer satisfaction, and up to 21% higher profitability[1]. Jim Harter, a chief scientist at Gallup Research summarized it this way, “Engaged employees are more attentive and vigilant. They look out for the needs of their co-workers and the overall enterprise, because they ‘own’ the result of their work and that of the organization.”[2]