Monthly Archives: August 2012

Adapting Your Leadership


  One of the things that Praying Pelican Missions stresses that you should do while you are leading is to continually converse with the group leader as well as every member on the trip so that you can better understand what needs to be happening and what can be improved. To be a good leader, it is important to ask what needs to be improved to make your leadership better but also being willing to change if something is not working. Flexibility is Key.
    For the most part, my job consisted of making phone calls, running errands, organizing the team, making sure they had meals and places to stay, and overseeing certain aspects of the teams mission trip to make sure they had everything that they needed. I guess my position could be equated to that of a manager. It was my duty to make sure that everything ran smoothly and efficiently. If something needed to change or something needed fixed, I then had to become the problem solver and find a way to change it. To be honest, I rather enjoyed that part of my job. Yes, it was stressful at times and there were times that I was not really sure I could accomplish anything but when I would step back and think, the solution would come. I loved being the problem solver. It helped me grow as a person and realize that if only I was willing to put my mind to it I could accomplish anything.
    Being in the position of the Leader and main problem solver, like I said earlier, flexibility was key. One of the most important things I learned during my 6 week experience and one of the things that I tried to help the teams understand was that things do not always go as planned. Plans change and things happen but that doesn’t mean that you failed. It just means that you have to keep your head up and try something else until you get it right. Leadership is not necessarily something that people are born with it is something that is learned and something that can be fostered in you if you have the courage to fail and get back up. Leadership is adaptable and attainable if you have the courage to reach for it.

Eyes opened to the World.


    Some of the advantages of being a Christian Ministry Major and having a Cross-Cultural concentration are that you get to read and study books that point solely to the purpose of preparing you for a lifetime of interaction with people not like yourself. They also give you many tools and tips that encourage you to think less of yourself and more of others. In Serving with Eyes Wide Open by David Livermore, you read about how important it is to realize that everyone on this planet has more in common than you may think. We may come from different circumstances, countries, etc. and we may even speak a different language but we all go through the same emotions. We love our families and friends, we worry about how we are going to take care of them and we wonder what is going to happen in the future. The world may seem like a big place but in reality it is rather small. There is common ground that we all share and once you understand that it is easier to befriend those whom you thought were extremely different than you. The only reason that we have trouble understanding and getting along with each other is because we do not take the time to truly know those who are different. As part of the worldwide community and as someone who believes and follows God and his commands, I am responsible for my neighbors. I am responsible for their well being. I cannot do anything for them if I do not first take the time to get to know them, their challenges and their successes. As a leader of short-term missions teams, I was introduced to a new group of people every week and it was my responsibility to see to it that they had everything they needed were able to complete the tasks given to them. If I had not taken the time to get to know those I was leading and serving the trip would have been a disaster. A leader must get to know those whom they are leading if they are to be a successful and responsible leader.