Hebrews 13: 16-18 “ And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” “Obey your leaders, and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls, as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.” “Pray for us…” (NASB)
Social distancing, self-quarantine, flatten the curve, shelter in place, PPEs (personal protective equipment), contact tracing, community spread – These are some of the new words now in our daily vocabularies. Words that before were foreign to most of us. The Covid-19 pandemic virus has changed not only how we live temporarily but also how we speak.
It’s the week of Christmas and, for many, the season can bring unresolved tension, trauma, and concerns to the surface. At Summit, we value the mental and spiritual health of our partners. Therefore, we are pleased to provide a new service to partners of Summit just in time for the Holidays. We hope these videos will serve leaders, pastors, and people in the privacy of their own offices and homes.
summitlifeA Letter from Michele, Summit’s Caring Director
This year was my first-time attending Leadercast. In fact, I
never heard of Leadercast until joining the team at Summit Leadership. For
those of you in that same boat, I want to tell you about my experience!
I did not know what to expect at Leadercast 2019. Once I
arrived, I was intrigued by how many people attended representing different
businesses. I met several new faces and learned about numerous new businesses
in our area. It’s all about connecting!
If you stopped by the Summit facility in the last month, you probably saw a new face! We are thrilled to welcome Constance Gray as Summit’s Facility Hospitality Lead & Communications Assistant. Constance joins the team with over 12 years of experience in retail management and legal administration. We think Constance is a rockstar already and we want our partners to know the newest Summit team member.
Growing organizations have high needs and low capacity. Students have high capacity and low experience. Sounds like a great fit, right?
Businesses and (especially) nonprofits appreciate free labor and college students need professional experience. In my experience as both the intern and the supervisor, internships can be a perfect match or a scarring disaster.
In this post, I hope to address both the supervisor seeking a student intern and the student seeking an internship.
After returning home from the grocery store, I noticed the bins of Halloween candy priced at 75% off next to the Christmas lights, ribbons, and trees. A Thanksgiving turkey candle was squeezed between the sale candy and Christmas decorations. My heart rate suddenly increased. “It’s here” I thought. Summer is really over and it is time for – The Holidays.
This term – The Holidays – is lumped together to include all the celebrations from October 31st to January 1st. People begin the headlong rush into preparations for this time of year.
In this series, we will look at ways we contribute in making The Holidays stressful. We will also find ways to avoid celebratory pitfalls which leave us frustrated, depleted, and depressed. Achieving balance and joy in keeping “Thanks” in Thanksgiving and “Christ” in Christmas takes intentionality and planning.
summitlifeThe Caring Blog: Stress and The Holidays
Summit Leadership partners with nonprofits, churches, and businesses to develop Better Leaders for Stronger Communities. One of our defining values for partnership is “three wins” meaning good for you (the partner), good for us (Summit Leadership), and good for the community. This fall, we are excited about a new partnership between Summit Leadership and Artisan’s Village. If you visit our office, you know the importance of hospitality and, most importantly, coffee! We are thrilled to announce all coffee served at Summit is now fair trade from Artisan’s Village. The “win” for Artisan’s Village is exposure and more awareness of fair trade. The “win” for Summit is superior coffee. Finally, the “win” for the community is fair trade benefits everyone.
The staff at Summit and our new friends, Michael and Leah, want you know about their store located downtown (300 E Main Street, Suite 110, Johnson City, TN 37601) next to Main Street Pizza.
summitlifePartner Praise & Prayer: Artisan’s Village
Summit Leadership serves the Johnson City community with the love of Jesus by creating relational hubs for connecting, consulting, coaching, and caring. Over the past two years, Summit Leadership team members have had the opportunity to partner with Tim Bomgardner and his family in launching Interyear Fellowship.
Interyear Fellowship is a nonprofit organization providing opportunities for young adults to engage their faith through service in community while exploring their vocation. Recently, the ministry closed on a 5,000+ square foot home, completed renovations, and welcomed the first class of Fellows. The Fellows will live in the house together in faithful community and spiritual formation. Each Fellow will be placed at a partner agency in the community to gain professional experience working in a field of interest meeting a need in the community. Tim (and his family) works nonstop to make fellowship opportunities available here in Johnson City and we think he is doing amazing work for The Kingdom! Here are some things Tim wants you to know about Interyear Fellowship:
“Leadership is more like a baton than a trophy. You keep a trophy, but you hand off a baton.” ~ Bruce Miller
It happened during the 2012 Summer Olympics and it will probably happen in the next one as well. In the 4×100 relay, it’s not only about how well you run your portion of the race, it’s also about successfully handing off the baton to the next runner. If you drop the baton during the handoff, it doesn’t matter how well you ran your race. It’s very simple, if you drop the baton, you are disqualified.
“One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.” ~ Helen Keller
Have you ever felt like quitting? There are days in your life and leadership that you will come to the point where you feel like you’ve given all you can give. There is nothing left. It’s on those days that you experience the full weight of leadership, and it can feel overwhelming. Leaders are ultimately responsible in every circumstance and outcome…even when it’s not your fault. The captain goes down with the ship. As a leader, it’s always too soon to quit. You have to find the strength to take one more step or hang in there one more day…but where can you find the strength to keep going?