leadership

OWN It

by: Jared McCaleb, CKM Speaker

Friends,

I just wanted to take a moment to introduce myself.  My name is Jared McCaleb, and I recently joined the Speaking Team with Clayton King Ministries.  I gave my life to Christ when I was 9 years old, and it was in Jr. High that I started to see God’s hand on my life.  He called me into the ministry when I was 17, just before the beginning of my senior year in high school.  I currently live in Spring, TX, 35 miles north of Houston.  I am married to the love of my life Shelby, and we have two kids, daughter Lucy (3 years old), and son Hays (1 year old).  We serve on staff at The Woodlands First Baptist Church where I lead our second location as Campus Pastor.

My wife and I are passionate about orphan care, and ministry to the “least of these.”  We absolutely love serving God in any capacity and we look forward to serving you in any capacity in the future.

God has been teaching me a lot lately about leadership, so I wanted to encourage all of you today.

I think one of the best things that we have in our favor are the relationships that we OWN.  One thing I want to challenge each of you with, including myself, is to be present in every moment of our lives, RELATIONALLY!  Can you imagine what it would be like if we took every relationship that we OWN seriously?  Our goal, and more importantly, our calling, is to reach people far from God.

Dan Cathy, son of the late Truett Cathy (founder of God’s chosen chicken outfitter – Chik-Fil-A), recently wrote these words:

“During a recent conversation about goals and dreams and “what’s next,” I heard someone say, “You know, no one washes a rental car. You have to own it to care that much…” 

What does that look like for you in your life, right where you are?

What will you do to go the extra mile to serve those relationships that you are currently invested in?

The temptation is to buy in to the idea that today is only temporary, but I want to caution you not to.  Don’t be complacent to the point where you just muddle around and bypass all of the opportunities to invest in the people around you.  The truth is that the people that God has placed around you need you, and you need them.

Today, I’d like to encourage you to take OWNERSHIP this week. Believe that today is the beginning of something unique and special, and more importantly, YOURS… Something you can invest in, take pride in and share with others.

I look forward to the day that I can meet you face to face. How can I be praying for you today?

Have a great week. After all, you OWN IT.

 

True Confessions From a Work-a-holic

by: Justin Brock, CKM Staff

How my to-do lists kept me from something much more important.

There are few things that bring me more joy than a to-do lists that has been fully checked off.  I love seeing projects come to fruition and feel most fulfilled when I leave the office with a tangible success story of something I accomplished for the day.  But, I’ve realized that in the real world, those days are few and far between.  Often times, I find myself adding more to my to-do list instead of getting to do the things that I already have written down.  I realize in the middle of a project when I think I’ve gotten close to completion that I’ve really only scratched the surface!

As the Director of Clayton King Ministries, I find myself thinking about and researching leadership principles that could not only help me become a better leader to this team, but a better husband, father, and friend as well.  I often ask myself how I can do things better and more efficiently.  But, I think I have been missing the point.

In light of my slight addiction to to-do lists, I always try to find more and more ways to become efficient in what I’m doing.  However, the more efficient I become, the more tasks and weight I add to my shoulders.  Ultimately, my goal for efficiency at work often leads me to be ineffective in at least one other area of my life (unfortunately, it is usually family-time).  I believe that culture has set before us a tendency to believe that if we aren’t busy, we aren’t being effective.  So, I’ve tried to regear my mindset to ignore this cultural lie!

Make effectiveness more important than efficiency.  This is the challenge I recently gave to our staff after reading What’s Best Next, a great book on leadership and time-management,  by Matt Perman.  I challenged them (ahem, myself primarily!) to find ways to be efficient, but for the greater goal of making space to be effective with people.  Perman says “One of the best places for efficiency is being efficient with things so that you can be effective with people.  If you become more efficient with things … you will have more time to give to being effective with people without feeling like you are always behind on your tasks.”  This is HUGE!  I pray that in my ministry position (and if you are a believer - we are all in ministry positions!) I can always value the opportunities to pour into PEOPLE more than I’m pouring into my TASKS!  

Make people a priority over projects.  When I look at my to-do list today that is sitting on my desk, I recognize a theme.  Every task ultimately impacts the people that we serve at CKM.  Yeah, I have to balance the budget, edit a promotional packet,  and strategize for #crsc15, but there are PEOPLE behind every PROJECT!  I’m doing all of these things to ultimately see the lost come to know Jesus and for believers to grow in their relationship with Him.  If I want my tasks to have deeper purpose, I should always be engaging with the PEOPLE behind the PROJECT.   That has to be my focus.  And when I make it a priority to be effective with my time and tasks, I can ultimately make investing in people a bigger focus of my day.  

I strive to be a leader, husband, father, and friend that creates the space to be available to those around me.  I pray that I value relationships, not the kind that are strictly professional, cold and calculated, and founded on me getting some advantage from it or checking a duty off of my list, but rather a relationship that is authentic, pure, encouraging, challenging, and refreshing.  I pray that I can constantly be creative with how I accomplish the goals set before me on that pesky to-do list in order to make space for what matters most, the people behind the projects!  

So, today my friends, I challenge you to tuck away that to-do list and make space for the people around you.  Take your co-worker out to lunch, leave your work at the office so you can spend uninterrupted time with your family tonight, or call that person that has been on your mind the last couple of days.  There will always be more projects to do, but today may be your opportunity to impact someone for eternity.   
 


About the Author:

Justin Brock is the Executive Director of Clayton King Ministries.  He and his wife Jess live in Anderson, SC and are the proud parents of Emery and Greyson.  You can find out more about Justin by following him on Instagram (@justinbrockcu) and Facebook.