The following is a guest blog post by Keri Ladouceur, a Pastor at Vineyard Christian Church. Keri is one of our 50+ speakers at the Exponential Regionals this fall:
Because my church leadership journey is ripe with people making significant investments in my leadership, I’ve always wanted to ensure the church culture we create is developmental. This has meant not just trying to find the most effective vision or the most efficient strategy for church growth, but has also been defined by getting as many people engaged as we can. It has meant giving away opportunities that I’d like to take in order to give someone on our team a new challenge.
For our church, it has also meant that we want to be intentional about providing opportunities for other people to use their gifts and grow their capacity. Our church gets to experience this and see it play out in a variety of ways from who we allow to help lead worship to equipping unpaid staff as bi-vocational ministry leaders in key areas of ministry across our church. This has also meant allowing young and developing communicators to come shape our community with their preaching gifts from time to time.
I’ve viewed this as our little way of giving back – of raising up the next crew of Kingdom builders, and our church has responded so well to opening our platform up for that. It was really fun until a woman I coach asked if we would ever let her come develop her preaching gifts by teaching a weekend at our church. We were thrilled to have her come teach even though I had to acknowledge our congregation might not want to listen to me again after getting to hear how anointed she is! Of course, she came and blew us all away!
We look forward to celebrating all that God does through her and were thrilled to get to play some small part.
Special Invitation from Keri
Getting to Know Keri
Exponential asked our speakers to answer a few questions to help get to know them better. Check out some of Keri’s answers to the questions below:
If you were not doing what you are now doing vocationally, and you could pursue any other career, what would it be?
A Venture Capitalist that expands current ideas and starts new initiatives, specifically socially responsible entrepreneurship.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Beside an ocean, anywhere!
What’s your favorite movie of all time?
For now, RACE, the story of Jesse Owens.
What’s your favorite hobby or thing to do in your spare time?
Create new things in the kitchen with my kids, any kind of adventure, explore new places. (We’d love to try some of your creations!)
Other than the Bible, what’s the most impactful book you’ve ever read?
Abba’s Child by Brennan Manning
Join Keri and ten other speakers at the Chicago regional conference!
Hero Maker Conferences
Hero Maker is the theme for Exponential 2018. The theme focuses on the shift from being the hero to coming alongside others for them to become the heroes in our church’s unfolding story. At each conference, we will unpack the 5 essential practices for leaders to multiply leaders: multiplication thinking, permission giving, disciple multiplying, gift activating, and kingdom building.
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