Leading When Not in Charge

Episode 24 · May 22nd, 2019 · 36 mins 25 secs

About this Episode

Today Dave “Open Book, Closed Heart” VanVickle and I talk about extraordinary and ordinary means of fighting the devil, which leads (naturally) into a conversation on evangelization and how to lead when you’re not in charge.

Snippet from the Show
“One person can bring about dramatic change at a parish.”

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How do you lead when you are not in a leadership position?

  • Try to be close friends with the current staff on evangelization teams.
  • Try to win the front of “what is the truth” and make sure everyone is on the same page on what they believe.
  • Give talks on what the life of catechists and parish workers should look like.
  • Encourage the use of Scripture and the new Catechism for formation.
  • Give talks on how to have a personal relationship with Jesus in the context of the Catholic Church.
  • Offer a talk on the history of the Catholic Church in America since Vatican II.
  • Pray for the leaders and with them.
  • Work with your priest to prioritize and organize an annual staff retreat.
  • Have a “ministry leader summit.”
  • If people are refusing or rejecting evangelization, work with your pastor to make sure the appropriate people are in the right positions.
  • Go in trying to win souls for Christ, not fight them.
  • Remember to always be praying for these people.
  • When confrontation has to occur do not do it out of hate for people but in service to people who are missing out on the gospel.
  • You need to have the courage to stand up for the truth and gospel when needed.

5 Practical Tips

  1. Go to NewAdvent.org and search the name of a church father (St. Ignatius of Antioch, St. Athanasius … )
  2. Pray for the CCD staff (or another staff group) and their openness to the gospel.
  3. Listen to Mike’s talks on the kerygma at Soundcloud.com/AMDGomer.
  4. Meet once a week with your pastor and discuss the kerygma.
  5. Send this podcast to your CCD Staff.

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