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Who's Your Circle?

Nothing good comes from isolation in ministry... who are you walking with as your serve the church?


Don't go it alone

If you have been in ministry for longer than two weeks, you now that it can be a lonely place to be. The responsibility of leading a local congregation can make it hard to truly interact with people in a deep and meaningful way at parties (if you get invited).

At the same time, we instinctively know and value authentic community. We preach about this, develop programs for our congregation to experience community in, and encourage people to find those that they can do life with. All while many of us live in isolation.

Todd Henry's Daily Creative Podcast recently discussed the idea of having a circle. A small group of people who get together on a regular basis (once or twice a month) to check in with one another through asking and answering three questions:

  • What are you working on?
  • Where are you stuck?
  • What is inspiring you?

How helpful would it be to regularly sit down with a band of ministry peers and walk through these questions together? The point isn't to brag or fix one another, but to serve as a source of encouragement and a fresh set of eyes on what we are doing.

You can hear the whole discussion below... It's three minutes and worth the listen:

Are you hungering for a circle of your own but struggling to find one? I'd love to help you find a circle of your own. We have limited space to facilitate a small group of virtual church leader circles. Interested in learning more? Click here.

Seriously, please don't do ministry alone. Nothing good comes from being isolated while serving in ministry... and we need you.





Matt Steen

Matt Steen

Matt has served the local church for over two decades as a youth pastor, church planter, and executive pastor. Originally from Baltimore, Matt currently lives in Orlando, with his wife Theresa, and has a B.S. in Youth Ministry from Nyack College and an M.Div. and MBA from Baylor University. Certified as an Urban Church Planter Coach by Redeemer City to City and as a StratOp facilitator by the Paterson Center, Matt has made a career of helping churches thrive through intentionality, clarity, and creating healthy cultures. He is convinced that a healthy church is led by a healthy team with great chemistry, and loves partnering with Chemistry’s churches to do great things for the Kingdom.

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