“Be The Kind of Leader You Want to Follow”

I love this quote:

Be the kind of leader you want to follow.

What kind of leader do you want to be? That’s an important question, don’t you think?

This question, when faced with it this morning, reminded me of the following:

  • Good leaders are humble.
  • Good leaders use those around them to help diminish their blind spots. I’ve got them, I suspect most of us do.
  • Good leaders are those who invite Holy Spirit to search them, know them, and see if there be any wicked way in them. And then, when something is revealed, they act on it.
  • Good leaders inspire others to bring their best forward.
  • Good leaders are multipliers of people, not diminishers of people.
  • Good leaders lead with transparency, accountability, and courage. (It takes a lot of courage to stay and stand when things are not going well.)
  • Good leaders acknowledge that they don’t know what they don’t know. They reach out to others who can teach or resource them.
  • Good leaders are not threatened by the gifts and talents of others, they find a way to harness that.
  • Good leaders grow their strengths, understand what they bring to the leadership table, and create an inviting space for those with complimentary gifts.
  • Good leaders, if they lead or manage a team, are intentional to encourage, resource, bring clarity around expectations, and seek to know their individual team members in a way that is honouring.
  • Good leaders stand should-to-shoulder with their team. They don’t abuse their positional power or use it in passive-aggressive or manipulating ways.

 

The kind of leader I want to follow is humble, self-reflective, wise, God-honouring, people-honouring, a seeker of the best in people, accountable, transparent, inspires other to become more, brings clarity to the current rally cry, encourages, invites people to lead in their area of strengths, doesn’t abuse positional authority, seeks diversity in team for the betterment of where the team is serving, doesn’t gossip or leak important information, doesn’t use others in a self-serving way, is not afraid to stand for truth and what is right, and is not afraid to stand and lead forward in turbulent times.

What kind of leader do you want to follow?

Reverend Carmen Kampman

 

She Became Reverend Carmen Kampman

It’s been two weeks since my ordination to Christian Ministry in the PAOC; since I went from becoming a licensed minister to a Reverend. It’s still surreal, but I know things have shifted deep in my own soul and for others. For example, just this morning at church a gentleman came up to me and said, “Good morning Reverend, I’m Lawrence.” I replied, “Good morning, I’m Carmen.”

You see, I’ve not forgotten that I’m still Carmen. But the day of my ordination, I took on a new responsibility, that of Reverend. I have thought many times in the last two weeks about that ordination service. For me, it was a day in which I committed my life to the Body of Christ. To its service. And it wasn’t just a private declaration, it was very, very public. Public in my home church. Public with the blessing of the ordained ministers present that day. Public with the laying on of hands and a prayer of blessing and sanctification. I was publically set apart for Christian Ministry. It was a public affirmation of the call on my life. And it felt like coming home. For many, many years I had wondered where I fit. Why the pull in my heart to pursue this path. Now I know. Do I know all that is yet to come? No. But I know this: God called. And I followed.

It was a day surrounded by family and friends. One of those present was my long-time friend, Yvonne. She and I have quite a history. I mean how can you not when you’ve been friends since Grade 8! We’ve journeyed through high school graduations, weddings, child birth, the death of her first husband, Peter, operations, teenagers, her marriage to a fantastic guy named Doug, to name a few. I thank God for the richness of that length of friendship. And I have another friend, Karin. We’ve only been friends for a few years, but it feels like longer. She made the two delicious cakes for the small luncheon after the ordination service.  She and I often walk together, laugh at goofy things, and challenge one another in our daily walk with God. Then there was my brother, Vince,  and my  in laws, John and Teresa,  who came from BC, not to mention all of the local friends who came. And there was my tribe, my hubby and kids who came. And my hubby, Albert, he was a rock star that day.  He stood on stage (no small things for extreme extroverts!) with me as I answered the questions, publically committing my life to the service of Christ’s Church. 

The closest I can come to describing that day is like this:  It was the day I covenanted my life in service to God and His Church. As long as I am in my right mind, I will not forget my promise. And if there be a day that my mind no longer works as it should, my soul, because God is its shepherd and guardian, will never forget.

It’s a new day and a new season of ministry and service, Reverend Carmen Kampman has stepped into her calling.

Thank you to everyone that has been a part of my journey. Thank you for the cards and gifts, they were totally unexpected blessings. In future days I will read them again to savor their truths and the words of encouragement contained within. And on the days or months when it’s hard, I will pull them out and allow them to serve as reminders of April, 22, 2018.

It would be my prayer for you that you, too, would hear the call of God and follow.

Reverend Carmen Kampman

Me and my honey – Albert.
Proud father-in-law.
Preaching for the first time in my home church.

Ordained ministers laying hands on us.
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