Snack Pack Leadership

How are leadership and snack packs connected?  Great question.  My friend, Matt Grimes, made a great analogy a few weeks ago.  Thought I’d share it with you.

Those little snack pack pudding cups remind me of leadership.  Many times, leadership truths need to come in small snack-sized portions.  I’d prefer to feed my volunteers small portions over a long period of time rather than large doses concentrated in a short period of time.

I like that.  So, we’re trying out a new way to pour into our volunteers in fpKids.  Every week before each service, we have 10 minutes to reconnect and pray together before everyone rushes to their rooms.  A very brief amount of time that holds great potential when done right.

Something I consistently hear from my boss, Chuck Carringer, is:

We want to add value.  If it adds value, people will make a point to come.  If it doesn’t add value, they won’t.

(if you’re a leader and not reading his blog… you should.  Just sayin’…)

So, the goal is that these 10-minute meetings aren’t just routine, but they add value to those that attend.  Taking a tip from my friends at, we’ve begun using Habitudes to teach nuggets of leadership truths to our volunteers.  This is great stuff.

As a staff team, we watch a 10-minute video teaching on a Habitude leadership topic during our weekly staff meeting.  We might spend a few minutes discussing how the message impacts us, but generally we let the truth simmer within us.  Then we use the same leadership lesson in the form of a postcard to teach from in our volunteer meetings throughout the weekend.  We don’t spend more than 5 minutes on the lesson, and the volunteer leaves with the postcard to remind them of what was shared.

We’ve done this two weeks in a row, and I like what I see so far.  After the initial weeks, I think I’d prefer to camp on one lesson for a few weeks before moving to the next.  So I’m going to test that out this weekend.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

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A self-described Christ-follower, wife, mom, writer, speaker, kids' pastor and coffee snob, Gina McClain cannot organize a closet to save her life, but can paint a vision for why the closet should be organized and recruit the talent to make it happen. She formerly served as a LifeKIDS Pastor at the OKC Campus of