Carolyn Taketa, is the small groups pastor at Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village, CA. Passionate about Christian community, she is an advocate for ministers connecting with other ministers.
I’ve always been impressed with your ability to forge relationships with other leaders of small groups ministries. It obviously flows from a personal passion to connect. Why are you so passionate about having a community as a ministry leader and seeing 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. 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. That is a terrific foundation to build a ministry friendship.
To have a place where you can honestly share with other small group ministers and hear, “I get it. Me too.” is so encouraging. To be in spaces where you don’t have to explain the biblical basis for small groups and why it needs to be a priority in churches is so liberating. To be with people who understand the unique challenges of this ministry, especially in the tough seasons, ...