CNLP 551: Carlos Whittaker on the Value of Fail Journaling, How to Build Unity Around Divisive Topics and Hot Takes, and Building a Huge Instagram Movement

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Author and Instagram Influencer Carlos Whittaker talks about the practice and value of fail journaling, how to build unity around divisive topics and hot takes, and how he built a huge Instagram following and movement after losing 30% of his audience in one day.

Welcome to Episode 551 of the podcast. Listen and access the show notes below or search for the Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts and listen for free.

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Every church leader knows that having trained and engaged volunteers is absolutely mission critical. But if you’re also like most leaders, you know how tricky it can be to onboard people. And we’re kind of in the midst of a volunteer crisis right now, so that’s why you need to check out Serve HQ.

They have a simple video training course system that helps you equip volunteers and develop leaders. You can create your own training or use their extensive video library. Plus, Serve HQ is an online learning platform that tracks the progress of each person.

So they’ve got a large library of pre-built courses, and they’ve got follow-up quizzes so that you make sure that you have incredibly well-trained and equipped volunteers. And their tools are super simple and comprehensive, so you can provide basic email and text messaging for team communication. And basically, it’s a one-stop hub for how you communicate with your volunteers.

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He Gets Us

During the Big Game almost 100M people saw a message from He Gets Us designed to inspire people to think about Jesus and his confounding, radical love.

That means, people are sure to be talking.

If you’re a Jesus follower, or you lead others towards him, He Gets Us wants you to be ready for these conversations

That’s why they’ve created free, donor-funded resources that give you new and exciting ways to share Jesus’ message.

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As leaders, we tend to see the challenges and roadblocks before other people do.

We've all been there before...

  • You need to refresh your vision for the future but know that change will be an issue for that person.
  • You're overstaffed (or missing a key role) and can't find the right person to fill the role.
  • You aren't reaching enough new people even though you've tried everything that's working for other churches.
  • You can see the issue but aren't confident in what to do about it.

And with another Sunday morning coming up, it'll just have to wait until next week when you have a few minutes to figure it out.

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Carey Nieuwhof

Carey Nieuwhof is a best-selling leadership author, speaker, podcaster, former attorney, and church planter. He hosts one of today’s most influential leadership podcasts, and his online content is accessed by leaders over 1.5 million times a month. He speaks to leaders around the world about leadership, change, and personal growth.