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LifeQuest Flashback- January 2005

I became the part-time volunteer Children’s Ministry Director in October 2004. January 2005 found KidzQuest busting at the seams in our storefront building at 801 North Scott. As we continued to grow, I remember wondering how we could fit any more kids in the tiny room where they were meeting. Along with being crowded in the halls as people walked through a long hallway to reach the auditorium, the kids room was so packed we could barely  ...

Blog, Leadership

Spotting a Leader

Looking for a new leader? I recently read an article talking about the difference between the skill of performance and the skill of leading the performance, two entirely different skills. The most gifted athletes aren’t always the best coaches and the best violinist isn’t always the best conductor. Nor will the best teacher necessarily make the best head of the department. So how do you determine whether a person is capable of learning how  ...

Blog, Family

Building Family through the Generations

For as long as I can remember, we had elderly relatives living with us while I was growing up. My Mom took care of my Great Grandmother for 6 years, my Great Aunt for 13 years, and both of my Grandmothers for a total of 15 years. Born in 1873 (as well as she could recollect) my Great Grandma Mary Lovelady, loved to tell stories. I fondly recall the story of when she was working in the cotton fields of northeastern Oklahoma and looked up at  ...

LifeQuest Church

No Ordinary Service

I am usually the first one to arrive at church on Sunday morning.  Strategically on a mission, I go through my Sunday morning routine of making sure everything is ready to go for the 3 worship experiences we have at our Belton Campus.  One by one volunteers begin arriving…band members, tech support, children’s workers, hospitality and experience team. From the moment the first note of the cover song is played, we strive to make the worship  ...

Leadership

A Week at Lifequest…Day One

Monday is a catch up and connect day where the LQ staff does a variety of things.  Some get in some much needed rest and family time after a total of 4 worship experiences and an online service on Sunday. For me, it’s a day to take some time and plan out the week ahead, meet and connect with LifeQuesters, and start thinking about the worship experiences next Sunday.  Pastor Chris uses Monday as a day to spend some extra time with God  ...

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Coming Soon…A week at Lifequest

So much goes into putting together the weekend worship experience each week at LifeQuest.  Throughout the week phone calls are being made to connect people with Life Groups and helping them find places to serve.  Meetings take place in all kinds of venues which include StarBucks, around a conference table, in the KidzQuest room and over lunch at various restaurants throughout the city. Awesome volunteers go throughout their week sharing  ...

Leadership

Random Thoughts on Leadership

1. All good leadership begins where you are. The small responsibilities you have before you now comprise the first great leadership conquest you must make. St. Francis of Assisi said, “Start doing what is necessary; then do what is possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” 2. John Gardner observed, “If I had to name a single all-purpose instrument of leadership, it would be communication.” Never forget  ...