Archives For Leadership

Okay, not really. I am revamping my blog in a big way… and transitioning it to primarily a #kidmin “how to” and leadership blog.

Believe it or not, it’s been a long time coming. I’ve tinkered with making my blog into an outlet for photography, for happenings around the Teasley home, and for camp stories and fun. As you can tell, I’ve had less than smashing success… mainly because I have not made the time to keep up with my blog and because all of those things make me completely scattered with little focus.

I will focus mainly on Kids Ministry and Leadership posts… Join me for the ride, and subscribe. I’ll aim to post three times each week.

Here are some of my favorite past kidmin and leadership posts:
Be careful where you lead
iConnect…my favorite new app!
Dear Camp Staffer… Part 1
Dear Camp Staffer… Part 2
What not to do in your interview
19 things I discovered hanging with the Duggars

In honor of my first full day of interviews for the season, I’ve decided to re-post my interview tips from last year. I will do my best to add to these throughout the next couple of months!

WARNING: This is a rant. Its due to the funny things I’ve heard people say/do in their interviews.

You can benefit from my experience, learn from these observations, and hopefully score the job you are interviewing for… whether it’s with CentriKid Camps or something else.

  • Don’t ask your interviewer via text, phone, or email how to convert from Central Time to Eastern Time.  Let me google that for you.
  • Don’t talk to you roommate while we’re having an interview on Skype.  It’s awkward enough that they are in the room. Don’t add to that awkwardness by making me interview them as well.
  • Don’t put “DUH!” on a job application.  Ever. Remember that spell check works wonders also.
  • Don’t wear a short skirt or a low-cut top to your interview.  Modest is hottest!
  • Don’t over-spiritualize every answer that you give.  Your interviewer is not asking you to end every answer with something to the tune of, “… and give God the glory, and really rely on Him to be my strength, and pray about it.” That’s great, but we’re looking for the real you, and those answers 7 times over don’t really help paint a realistic picture of your daily life.
  • Don’t ever start a response with, “this is going to sound horrible, but…” If that’s true, maybe you should just not say it.
  • Don’t be nervous.  Seriously.  I’m not here to rip you to shreds.  I’m here to be an advocate for you, help you get a job, and get to know they real non-nervous you.  I can’t do that if you are too nervous to give me a straight answer!
  • Don’t tell your interviewer about all the schools you didn’t get in to, or the scholarships you’ve lost because of bad grades.  That doesn’t really help you when we’re looking for hard-working, driven people.
  • Don’t use self-descriptors like needy, moody, control-freak, quick-tempered, or tizzies.  They don’t help you present a positive image of yourself to your interviewer. Neither does, “I tend to freak out about everything!” However, I appreciate your honesty.
  • Don’t try to start a theological debate with your interviewer, or question the validity of Scripture memory. DO relax. DO be yourself. DO be honest, please. And DO sell yourself… that’s what you are here to do!

The NINES is happening today… it’s an all-day thing where these 99 great speakers each have just a few minutes over a 9-hour period to say what they want to say on one of 9 given topics. Many are Christian leaders.  As I browsed through the list of speakers before today’s event, I noticed that not too many were females. Then I started thinking, “so what would someone like me have to do to speak at The NINES conference?”

Here’s what I came up with:

  • Run operations for a 5-campus church.
  • Earn a PhD in gerontology.
  • Be a mega-church pastor’s wife.
  • Write 5+ books and have them published.
  • Keep a home-schooling, home-making, great-marriage blog that sees tens of thousands of visitors. Don’t get me wrong, these are all good things… just not sure I could ever manage all that and still do the SEO and social media promotion to get those 10k visitors.
  • Be a woman pastor. Oh wait, I’m baptist. :)

Which would you go for? Don’t answer that. I write this just for fun today, but the bigger question is, where are other female leaders and mentors in ministry? People like me need and want to hear from more people like you!

Be careful where you lead

Meredith —  August 31, 2011 — Leave a comment

This past weekend, I went running jogging/walking at our YMCA in preparation for the upcoming Warrior Dash.  I decided to jog/walk on the indoor walking track because I hate the treadmill. I walked in, quickly glanced at the directional sign (telling you which direction to walk on which day of the week), and started running.  It was nice and quiet for a while, and then an older man started walking. Soon, two other ladies came to join us, followed by another man. Then, a Y employee walked in and just stood there for quite some time… probably about 2-3 laps. As I jogged and made my way around the track toward where he was standing, he looked me in the eye with a reprimanding facial expression and simply pointed at the sign. I froze.  I quickly gathered my thoughts and asked, “Oh, did you want me to change directions?”  Yes, silly! Read the sign.  Apparently Sun. looked an awful lot like Sat. when I walked in. It was Saturday, not Sunday, and I had inadvertently led all these people to walk in the wrong direction.

Why did no one say anything?

Why didn’t they do what they knew was right? I’m convinced that at least 1 of those 4 people could read, but am fairly certain that all of them could read. Instead of reading the sign and doing the right thing, they just followed. I can’t judge them. This wasn’t Hidden Camera or What Would You Do? But seriously… c’mon people.

Common sense lesson learned: read the sign. carefully.  Leadership lesson learned: Be careful where you lead. Some people will follow, just because. You could be leading them in the wrong direction. Leadership is a great privilege and responsibility. Don’t take it lightly.

[This entry is a post-summer challenge to CentriKid Camps staffers who served this summer. Before camp, I wrote a similar post challenging staffers as they prepared for camp. Every summer I hear about staffers who have a hard time leaving camp... so, here are a few take-em-or-leave-em thoughts from Meredith.]

The incredible 2011 CK2 team

Dear Camp Staffer,

Summer is over.  Camp is done. School is starting. Real-life is back in full swing. You may be already writing papers and studying for tests. Perhaps you are starting to find that keeping up with camp friends really does require work and effort. It’s been an incredible summer of ministry, and I want to challenge you with a few things as you continue to merge back into the real world.

The work is not over. Camp isn’t the only place for ministry. It’s not the only place to be intentional or work hard. Don’t pass great opportunities by simply because you want get to another summer of camp. Plug in to ministry where you are. Resist the temptation to be lazy in the off-season.

Are the camp-you and the non-camp-you the same person? When you step off the plane or out of the car and back into your real world, are you the same person campers saw each day this summer? Hopefully you’re more rested and energized, but are you making time each day to spend in the Word? Are you living above reproach even outside of camp? Be accountable. Be above reproach. Let the camp you and the real world you be the same follower of Christ.

Remember the gospel. It’s why we do what we do — not just at camp, but every day of the year. #GodProvides

Thanks for giving your summer to help kids understand the truth of the gopsel. Thanks for being an example to them and a listening ear. Thanks for loving the unlovable. Now, by the grace of God, keep on doing each of those things all day every day… because God calls us, not just to camp, but to be where we are everyday.

Meredith