I love new things, and I admire people who don’t settle for the status quo. I highly respect people that push it.

I think this is the way of visionary leaders.

Visionary leaders create new things and show little to no reliance on what other people have or are currently doing. They tend to be a bit rogue…in a good way.

I really appreciate those leaders that push the status quo through their creativity.

This guy is a PERFECT example. This is every bit of crazy, but it’s unique and stretches the status quo…by a long shot. Trust me, watch this.

– Chuck / @chuckbomar


 —  August 8, 2013 — 4 Comments




Imagine standing in your back yard watering the grass.  It’s a pretty good plot of land.  There is a vegetable garden with some tomatoes in the corner, a couple of flowering bushes and soft,  and a lush green expanse.   It’s not much, but it’s yours.  Then something catches your eye.  Over the fence into your neighbor’s yard, you see something fabulous.  How did he get his grass SO green?  All of a sudden you notice the weeds, patches of brown, and is that piece just flat out missing grass all together.  It becomes clear that while you thought you had a great yard,  this guy has been cultivating a golf course worthy landscape.  First you are mildly discontented, then jealous, now you are flat out coveting the grass next door.

We have all had the proverbial “grass is greener” mentality at one time or another.   We are happy with our little corner of the ministry world until…  It might be a deacon’s meeting gone wrong, unsupportive leadership, pressures of life,  or perhaps you just see the church down the street has it much better.  Whatever it is the seed of discontent begins to grow.  There is a saying that grass grows where it is watered.   There is another saying I like equally as much;

“The grass is greener over the septic tank.”     


As you contemplate the better yard next door here are some things to think about:

Wandering Eyes

What is causing this wandering eye?  Why are you so dissatisfied?  Take the time to seek the Lord and HIS desire for you.   Is this an irreconcilable ministry discretion or sin in your heart?  Will a circumstantial change really make a difference?

All Grass Has Brown Splotches

I once heard someone say,  “My church was wonderful and Godly, then all the people showed up.”   You may believe, like I once did that you just need a “different lawn,” with a new set of  “weeds.”  Recognize, every single place you go will have issues.  There is no “perfect” ministry scenario.

Driven, Called, Leaving, Leading

A friend of mine once told me, “God calls us to sucky places on purpose. Just because this didn’t turn out the way everyone expected doesn’t mean God didn’t do it for a reason.”  Are you feeling driven to find another place or is the Lord calling your name to walk with Him in a new place?  There are times to go, but sometimes He asks us to stay.   There are times when the choice of leaving is not in our hands.  However, when it is, I believe the Lord wants it to be more about his leading us to journey with him more than about what is left behind.

Think about the Israelites for a second.  Sitting in Egypt all they could do was imagine freedom.  What they did not contemplate was how hard the voyage to the Promised Land would be. The Lord wanted them to focus on where he was taking them however,  due to their “grass is greener mentality “ nothing was good enough. As you look around start by watering where you are planted, and keep seeking the Lord.

How do you deal with the dangers of green grass?

Applications for our student leadership program are opening up again in a few weeks and it has me reflecting on what I look for in a student leader. Over the past week, I decided that I want our student leaders to be a leader third. Before they can be a student leader, they need to be a Christ follower first and a servant second:

1. Christ Follower
Student leaders are the ones that make things happen. But one of the first things I tell student leaders is, “this isn’t ASB.” I think it is important to make the point that they aren’t planning events and running ministries just for fun, they are doing it to help fulfill the purposes of the Church. A leader of a ministry isn’t like the leader of a club. A leader of a ministry is the spiritual leader of a group of people. In order to have a team that can be spiritual leaders of your ministry, you need to have a team of students that are pursuing the Lord. Before you say yes to putting a student in your leadership program, make sure you know what is happening in their spiritual life. Ask them questions about their relationship with the Lord, what their quiet times look like, where they are being challenged, etc. Dig deep. Don’t be afraid to talk to a spiritual leader in a student’s life or even a parent!

2. Servant
Is this student serving already? One of the mistakes that I have made is overlooking this on some applicants. In my mind, I thought, “I can help motivate them to start serving.” But that isn’t something you should have to say about a student leader. Student leaders are the ones that are already serving in your ministry. Sometimes this means saying no to popular students in your youth group. When I took a closer look at our “core” students, I found that most of them weren’t serving. Saying no to students like this might be tough, but it is a perfect opportunity to really challenge them and take them to the next level. Do be on the look out for students that are serving on ministry teams, showing up to serve projects, staying after events to clean-up, or just students that are servants in your ministry.

When I look for students that have leadership potential, I look for those two things. The more I develop our program, the harder I get on student leadership applicants. Don’t be afraid to say a few no’s. Letting in students that aren’t ready can make your program ineffective, or worse, harmful to your ministry. Saying no to some students is okay. It is healthy for your program and it is helpful to grow the student that needs to grow.

Colton Harker is the Student Leadership Coordinator at Saddleback HSM.  If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact him at coltonharker@gmail.com or on twitter at @ColtonHarker.