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The Inner Life of a Capernaum Leader



 -- Submitted by Colleen Kendall (Mt. Hood Region Capernaum Rep) --

I’m going to paraphrase a funny story I read and use quite often in our Capernaum leader trainings:

A man was driving when the light in front of him turned yellow so he stopped.  In the car behind him was a women who evidently didn’t like the fact that he stopped and began yelling at him, honking her horn and using a few gestures.  Next thing she knows there is a tap on her window and there is a serious police officer looking at her…..with his gun drawn.  The police officer had her exit the car with her hands raised.  She was escorted to the local police stations where she was finger printed, photographed and placed in a holding cell.  After a few hours the officer returned and escorted her back to her personal items.  He said, “I’m very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping off the guy in front of you, and cussing a blue streak at him. I noticed the ‘What Would Jesus Do’ bumper sticker, the ‘Choose Life’ license plate holder, the ‘Follow Me to Sunday-School’ bumper sticker, and the chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk, Naturally… I assumed you had stolen the car.”

Being involved in Capernaum comes with some additional responsibilities and one of those is being a role model for some very impressionable young folks.  I personally feel Capernaum friends are more impressionable than the typical teen.  That being said….are you a good/positive role model for our Capernaum friends?

  • What’s on your facebook page?  Are your pictures appropriate?  Are your posts appropriate?  Our friends look up to you and may very well try to imitate what they see in your post.
  • What does your car-driving say about you?  You never know who is behind you or beside you.
  • Are you attending church regularly?  Are you reading your bible?  Are you sharing the word with others?  Are you attending or leading a bible study?
  • Do you have passion and the ability to inspire?
  • Do you have a clear set of values?  Do your values support Capernaum ministries?
  • Are you committed to Capernaum? Do you do more than just show to club?  Do our friends feel/see your efforts?

A role model is someone that others aspire to be like.  A person who serves as an example of the values, attitudes, and behaviors associated with a role model.

So…how did you do with the check in?  Are you a good role model?  If not, what do you need to change?


Team Building and Setting Goals

Team Building and Setting Goals

Colleen Kendall, Capernaum Director for Lake Oswego Young Life shares: 

Here is an idea for a team building/goal setting training we use at the beginning of the year, but you could use anytime: 

Team Goal-Setting Exercise

Start with the You Tube video from Franklin Covey 4 Disciplines of Execution- Goal

He stresses 4 things that help a team achieve goals: 
•    All team members must identify and know the goals
•    The team must buy into the goals / have ownership in how to accomplish them
•    Time must be spent on the priorities
•    Need clear action steps (what will we DO to get where we want to go?) After watching we decided on a goal for the year: "GO.” We committed to “GO" where the kids are to make contact. This decision was somewhat easy...we looked at what we felt we were missing. (I did give a few hints) Then each team member came up with ideas of how we could "GO" The list was reviewed many times during the year: 
•    Special olympics...swimming, basketball, soccer, and softball
•    Work places- many of our kids have jobs such as Burgerville and went to see them at work
•    Phame choir concerts at the Grotto at Christmas
•    Plays at the local high school
•    Bowling- we watched them bowl as well as took kids bowling
•    Special needs dances
•    High school basketball games
•    Birthday parties
•    Ice cream/yogurt- our friends love to eat
•    Dragon boat races- some of our kids were actually on teams
•    Local plays- we have several kids that act and sing The Fruit We had more success in bringing new kids to club but even more, the kids felt support and trust from a Capernaum leader. The team helped establish the goal, generated ideas to achieve the goal and therefore were successful in achieving the goal! They felt free to try new and better ways to achieve the goals and were willing to do things they had never done before. We were all committed to be involved in our Capernaum friends lives. Capernaum club is the highlight of our friends' week. 

A Snapshot of Lake Oswego’s Capernaum Club
Here are some tips on how we run our Capernaum Club and what we feel makes it a success: 
•    Twice a year we plan for our clubs. (Sep/Jan) We create lists of themes and outing we can do.
•    A calendar is provided to families so they can prepare our Capernaum friends. Most kids and leaders dress up for night by theme.
•    We start the night by greeting everyone that enters the door by name.
•    We spend about 10 minutes engaging all the kids and talking about their week and see what is happening in their lives.
•    We have simple announcements such as what the theme is for the next week
•    Next is one of the high lights of the night.....the raffle. We write their names on ping pong balls and pull two names out per week. The prize is usually a small gift card...but they love it!
•    Club talk comes next—we’ve found after 45 minutes of games and excitement our friends are excited to sit and listen.
•    We try to throw music/singing in 2 times per night.
•    Games and mixers:our goal is to have all Capernaum friends participate in games so we do both: 
◦    Stations where they rotate around and all play games/mixers.
◦    Up front games. We’ve found our kids love to be the stars—to be in the spotlight—getting messy, getting laughs and just being kids— leaders facilitate but the focus is on the kids.
•    We have a small snack then as they leave and again we make a point of using their name as they walk out the door.