Carolyn Taketa, an attorney before entering full-time ministry, is the small groups pastor at Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village, CA. Carolyn hosts a monthly podcast for The Small Group Network—an organization that uses social media, podcasts, seminars, and conferences to resource small group pastors. Passionate about Christian community, she is an advocate for ministers connecting with other ministers. Carolyn is also a frequent contributor at SmallGroups.com.
Carolyn, through the years we have collaborated on many projects with both SmallGroups.com and the Small Group Network. I’ve always been impressed with your ability to forge relationships with other leaders of small groups ministries. It obviously flows from personal passion to connect. So let me start there. Why are you so passionate about having a community as a ministry leader and passionate to see other ministry leaders experience community?
Bill, our 10+ year friendship is one of the examples of why having meaningful friendships with other ministers, outside of our own churches is so valuable! You are one of my “go tos” for resolving thorny small group issues, for affirming me as a female ministry leader, and of course, for making me laugh at the absurdities of life.
We all agree that everyone needs community, right? I believe those of us in ministry need it even more. Small group ministry leaders often feel alone in their ministry environments. This may be especially true in smaller churches where they are the only staff or key volunteer focusing on the groups ministry. Regardless of the size or context of our churches, all small group point leaders share the common goal of building community and discipling people through relationships. ...