A new blog I’m following.

My best friend Mike Servello started blogging again. What I love about him as a friend and leader is his gut level brutal honesty. He is not afraid to tell you what he feels God is speaking to him even if what he’s about to say isn’t the most popular. Love his passion for the Gospel beware it’s very contagious.

I am daily challenged by his Love for God and love for people.

Thanks for your friendship and leadership Pastor Mike.

(If your boss has a blog you should read it. If your pastor has a blog you should read it. Just say’n but that’s a post for another day.)

Leadership matters.

If you haven’t heard by now there is a blog tour going on for our new book “The Eric Trap” which comes out at the end of the month.

Here is what people are saying about it so far.

Jim Wideman
Ready for a blog road trip
Day 2 

Kenny Conley
Intro to the blog tour
The Eric Trap Blog Tour Begins
The real Eric Newman
The Eric Trap Blog Tour: Day 2

Jenny Funderburke
The Eric Trap is coming. 

Jonathan Cliff
The Eric Trap is a Trap 

Jenn Day
The Eric Trap: 5 Things every leader needs to get right. 

Rob Livingston
Are you Eric Newman? 

There was a comment on Jenny Funderburke’s blog that caught my eye

“I’m pumped about this book because I believe that children’s ministry has too often taken a back seat when it comes to leadership. It’s good to see children’s ministers taking the step to write about leadership.” Mark Williams

One of the things I like so much about The Eric Trap is the fact it’s a leadership book written by kids pastors that speaks to every staff position in the church. I believe that The Eric Trap will not be the last leadership book written by a kids pastor for the larger church context. There are many things I have learned in the trenches of Kids ministry that I see as lacking or non existant in Adult ministry. One of the things that I have learned from The Eric Trap is that kids pastors need to stop focusing all their leadership lessons and knowledge on just the kidmin community.

Why don’t more kids pastors speak up? The main reason that more kids pastors don’t speak up is they are so intrenched in the week to week of ministry they don’t have the time or the energy to speak up. The other reason I think kids pastor’s don’t speak up more on the topic of leadership is because we lead apolitically far to much. There are leadership development principles that the church needs to learn that many kids pastors take for granted.

So kids pastor, youth pastor, worship pastor let God dig deep in you so you can be a resource for the growth of the Kingdom and the establishment of the Gospel. Leadership matters. So don’t be like Eric lead boldly because of who Christ is and what He has done not because of who you are or what you have done.



Who is Eric Newman?

The Eric Trap blog tour kicked off. There will be many posts, book reviews and give aways in the weeks to come. In fact you will not be able to buy a copy of the book until the end of the month but you will possibly win a copy of The Eric Trap.

Over the past year and a half I have been part of a group of leaders working on writing a leadership book. It’s a great book of leadership lessons learned from the second chair. If you are on staff at a church or are leading others in your organization I really think you will find our new book The Eric Trap helpful. It has been a lot of work but also a privilege to be part of something with a group of people I really respect. Get yourself a copy of The Eric Trap for you and your team.

Here is the 411 on The Eric Trap. 

What is the Eric Trap? – It is a leadership fable that discusses the 5 things every leader has to get right. The Eric Trap is a collaboratively written leadership book by a group of #kidmin leaders from one of Jim Wideman’s infuse leadership group.

Where can I find out more about the blog tour? Over at Kenny Conley’s blog Childrensministryonline.com

What are people saying about it?

Jim Wideman – Announces the start of the Blog tour
Jenny Funderburke – Kicks off the tour with the first review of “The Eric Trap”

Where can I find out more about The Eric Trap? You can visit the Eric Trap website www.theerictrap.com

How can you help get the word out? You can tweet about it. Be sure to include eric’s twitter address @e_newman or #erictrap you can also put a Eric Trap Badge on your blog or website. I have made some below for your convince.

How do I add one to my blog or website? Below each badge is the html code you can use to embed the badge above it on your blog or website.

How to embed in my WordPress Blog

1. Simply copy the html for the size badge you want

2. go to the widget section of your blog

3. Select a text widget

4. Paste the html code you copied into the text widget box

5. You should be good to go.

The Eric Trap Blog Badges


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Why leaders build silos

We all do it. We build silo’s because we like the comfort, recognition, and ego boost our department or  team you lead provides. We keep people loyal to us through our unintentional comments that make other leaders and other departments less desirable. When we don’t understand the value of the team and the goal we are trying to reach we will ALWAYS resort to silo behavior. We will retreat to our departments and dig in and make it us versus them. That’s not how any team should play especially not the church.

I have been reading Patrick Lencioni’s new book “The Advantage”. Lencioni begins to describe healthy teams and the qualities that comprise them. As a leader I am more collaborative and I want everyone on the team to function as a team. It wasn’t until Lencioni started talking about team dynamics that I realized that I have a long way to go. To be a true team you have to ask other departments hard questions and volunteer to help out in any part of the business that is struggling. I learned this behavior as a kids pastor. Due to the massive workload kids ministry provides, and the fact that few people on staff see or understand kids ministry. It sets you up to be a silo. You dig in and get it done.

I never realized I had silo tendencies until last week at our staff meeting when questioned by another staff member why I don’t share ideas with other campus pastors. I told him that isn’t my job. My job is to lead my campus not all our campuses. The next day I was reading “The Advantage” here is what Lencioni says about Team Number One.

The only way for a leader to establish this collective mentality on a team is by ensuring that all team members place a higher priority on the team they are a member of rather than the team they lead. A good way to go about this is to ask which team is their higher priority. I find that most executives will admit that in spite of their commitment to the team they are a member of, the team they lead is their first priority…..They enjoy being the leader of that team, moreover they feel a sense of loyalty to the team they lead, those people want and need their protection. This is absolutely natural, common and understandable and dangerous. When members of a leadership team feel a sense of commitment and loyalty to the team they lead than the one they are a member of then the team they are a member of becomes like the US Congress or United Nations it’s just a place where people come together to lobby for their constituents. Teams that lead healthy organizations reject this model.

Leaders must put the needs of the higher team (the team they are a member of) above the needs of their departments.

Ouch. guilt. ashamed. determined to change.