Why You Should Read “Leadership In Blue Jeans”

March 3, 2016

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Several years ago my colleague Tom Atema, who I know from his days at WMIT Radio in Asheville and EQUIP, gave me a copy of his book Leadership In Blue Jeans. I didn’t read it until recently … glad I did. My biggest takeaways included:

  • The mission is more important than who gets the credit.
  • “God uses money to create spiritual growth moments in our lives. Money is a catalyst so we can grow to another level in our faith” (p. 17).
  • It is more important to develop people for ministry rather than just doing ministry.
  • In non-profit ministry we can only control our expense. We cannot control income.
  • “People who are average in passion have less than average followers” (p. 45).
  • Be careful not to equate God’s blessings of success as something we achieved.
  • As leaders we will never take people to places where we ourself have never been.

There are many more pages and insights all marked up by the yellow highlighter. Tom’s book is like a powerful vitamin B shot that is sure to energize anyone serving and leading people in ministry. With the authors background in Christian radio, anyone in our field will find Leadership In Blue Jeans helpful in keeping our priorities straight.

Bryan Race

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Inspiring people to fund life-changing ministries and projects is my business. Currently, I'm the Director of Development at Victory 91.5 in Atlanta, GA. I'm a highly motivated, dedicated and creative radio professional with over 34 years of experience in multiple formats. Expertise in all aspects of station management, programming and personality driven radio. I'm committed to building brand loyalty by forging vital, lasting relationships with listeners, donors and the community. I graduated with multiple honors from TFC in 1996 and have also has done Master's work at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. My areas of expertise include: Donor Development, Public Relations, Audio and Video Production, Fundraising, Direct Marketing, Advertising, Social Media Strategies, Email Marketing, and Public Speaking.