Leading an Intern 101 (Part 1)

What I think I know...

We welcome our first intern to our Church family in a few days. I’m nervous and excited at the same time!  I can’t wait for the journey to begin, but I’m realizing he’s counting on me to teach him at least something along the way.  Let’s face it, he’ll probably take more notes on what not to do, but at least he’s learning. To help us both grow along the way, I’ve decided to post about my personal journey through this mentorship.

Leading an Intern 101

This series will be less about my Intern and more about my growth and learning through the process. Don’t expect me to vent about a student — you’ll be disappointed. If anything, I’ll praise him up, because I know he’ll teach me a thing or two.

In this post, I’ll outline my thoughts heading into this journey.  In part 2, I’ll check in half-way with an update.  In part 3, I’ll finish off by writing about what I’ve learned and how the process has helped me grow.

If every moment isn’t about growing, then you’re not leading.

Before the internship begins, here are some of my thoughts as a supervisor/mentor:

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Top 10 Posts of 2017

Thank you for making 2017 one of the best years yet at The Journey Holm!  Together, the blog exceeded 14,000 page views by over 9,700 visitors across 99 countries!  It’s also the first time we exceeded 2,000 views in one month! Thank you for sharing, liking and commenting throughout the year! I can’t wait to see what 2018 will bring!

As a review, here are ten of some of the best-viewed posts of 2017:

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5 Ways You Can ‘Breathe’ This Christmas

Don’t just believe…breathe

Even though Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, we sometimes forget to breathe. Mark Schultz penned it the best — “we’re running just to catch ourselves.” We may experience moments of rest, but at the end of the day, Christmas can end up becoming more stressful than helpful. As Christmas Day approaches, I want to share five ways we can all breathe.

5 Ways You Can Breathe During Christmas

As a Christian, I find myself reassuring our family that we make sure to “keep Christ in Christmas.” Yes, it’s a cliché, but it’s impossible to focus on more than one aspect of Christmas. We can enjoy several aspects of Christmas that are outside of Christ, but we can only actually focus on one. Hopefully, we choose to focus on the mission of Christmas (Click here to read about what I mean).

When we learn to focus on Christ, we’ll learn how to breathe. Christmas will move from chaos to mission; from overwhelming to a blessing.

Based on Advent, here are five ways we can practically breathe during the Christmas season:

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How do you define ‘inclusivity’ and ‘exclusivity’?

In our multi-view society, everyone has an opinion. This could be a good thing or a bad thing.  I like it when people have the ability to voice their thoughts and understandings of the world. In fact, I give people the space to do so. The challenge arises, however, when one opinion dominates another. The two words that surface are ‘inclusivity’ and ‘exclusivity.’  For a moment, it seems these two terms are completely opposite of one another, but when they are placed in a particular situation, the outcome can be quite complicated.

How do you define 'inclusivity' and 'exclusivity'

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Do You Celebrate Advent With Your Church Family?

FREE eBook: The Journey of Advent (Readings for Non-Liturgical Services)

Advent is one of the most important seasons of the Christian calendar. It saddens me that many non-liturgical churches dismiss Advent as ‘something they don’t do,’ because of its liturgical nature.  Even though I grew up in a non-liturgical church, we participated in Advent each year, and for the past five years, have had the privilege of leading our local church in doing the same. Does your church family celebrate advent?

Do You Celebrate Advent

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