Leading an Intern 101 (Part 1)

What I think I know...

Reading Time: 4 minutes

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.

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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Please Don’t Stop The Reading!

Continued Learning, Part 1

Reading Time: 4 minutes

Reading wasn’t always my favourite thing to do.  In fact, throughout high-school, I believe I mastered the art of writing a paper without reading the book.  I look back, however, and think of how better my papers would have been if I started reading sooner.  Some of it had to do with the topics, and I certainly didn’t like fiction. But as I’ve entered into the workplace, future education, and now into ministry, I’ve realized reading keeps your mind sharp. 

This is a 3 part series about how we can continue to learn beyond the traditional classroom setting.

In Newfoundland and Labrador (where I live), we have an increasing excuse to decrease our reading habits.  Unfortunately, the province added a tax to books.  But just because we’re the only province in Canada to tax books, doesn’t mean we have to be the only province who stops reading. I’d like to offer five cost-effective ways we can make this happen:

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Moleskine Versus iPad

Why I Still Use Pen and Paper

Reading Time: 7 minutes

I was so excited to get an iPad.  “No more pen and paper,” I thought.  After I got my first touchscreen stylist and a decent note taking app, I was ready to go! In fact, people actually made comments and were generally excited that such technology was available.  For the most part, I felt the same way.  But it didn’t take long before I ran into a few problems. Now, after I’ve had my iPad for a few years, I’m back to using the basic pen and paper.

Here are 6 reasons why I still choose a notebook (moleskin) over my iPad for taking notes:

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Continued Learning Series

Learning Beyond the Classroom


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This is a 3 part series about how we can continue to learn beyond the traditional classroom setting.

Continued Learning Series
Links will become available once the post is LIVE.  If you have any problems, please email me.

PART 1 – “Please Don’t Stop the READING!” (July 14th, 2017)

PART 2 – “Listening: Finding Art within the Noise” (July 21st, 2017)

PART 3 – “Writing: Making Learning Stick” (July 28th, 2017)

How to Pursue Something That’s Outside of Your Natural Strengths

Allowing God to work through us and around us

Reading Time: 5 minutes

When we find ourselves leading a group of people as the only full-time paid position, you become all things to all people.  Don’t get me wrong, delegation is a loyal friend.  But there are still many times we find ourselves doing something outside of our natural ‘strengths.’  In fact, sometimes we’re completely out of our comfort zones.  And this isn’t just true for leaders, God is always calling us to something bigger than ourselves. So what do we do when we’re faced with something outside of our natural abilities?

There’s too much at stake to give up; anxiety will get the better of us if we tackle it alone. So what do we do?

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