Growing As A Leader: Growing With Others

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We’re finally there! This is the last article in my personal growth series. It’s taken us about two months to get here. I hope this series has proved valuable for you. I encourage you, as I post this last article, to share your comments on the series either in the comments section below or on Facebook or Twitter.

This last article focuses on the importance of growing with others.

Like anything, being on a personal growth plan by yourself can expose you to de-motivation. There are many times when I’m super-motivated, busily plugging away on my personal growth plan and seeing the positive results of the change that is happening within me.

But then, a snag. A change in my routine. A personal or business trip for a week. The birth of a child. The emergency at work. The overloaded schedule and task list. These things happen to all of us. Instead of allowing these events to derail my growth plan, I need plan for it.

What’s the best way to plan for these things? Other people.

It is always easier to stick with a plan when I have others that are supporting me. A spouse, friends, co-workers, family members. Even better than having the support of others is being on the personal growth journey together!

Here are a couple ways I do this, sometimes successfully, sometimes not.

  • Read 30 minutes in the evening with my spouse (or roommates). If my wife is reading, it makes it easier to spend that 30 minutes because it is viewed as time together and I don’t feel guilty for taking time away from my family. Sometimes we even share what we are reading.
  • Develop a plan with my team. I mentioned before that my team and I have a short leadership training session once a month. Sometimes I teach a lesson. Sometimes, one of them teaches a lesson. Sometimes, we watch a great video or listen to an awesome podcast. It helps our ministry, but, more importantly, we’re growing together.
  • Go to conferences together. It’s always way more fun to attend great conferences with people you know. Plus, you can split up which workshops to attend and then share notes.
  • Let people know about your personal growth plan. That’s what I’ve been doing over the past couple months with you on REALministry.org. When people, like you, know my plans for growth, I find that many of you will support and motivate me. That’s what I need, and I’m guessing that’s what you need, too!

Take a look back on all the past blog entries on this personal growth series (they are listed and linked below) and answer the following questions:

Which part of the growth plan are you going to start right away? Which part of the growth plan do you have no interest in pursuing? How are you going to grow with others?

When you start on a personal growth plan, I know you will find you and your ministry will improve, raising your leadership skills to higher levels that will have a greater impact on those that you serve in ministry.

Personal Growth Series:

John Rinaldo

As the Business Manager at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Morgan Hill, CA, Dr. John Rinaldo serves as the administrator over operations and finances for the parish in support of all parish ministries. Previously, John served as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of San Jose, empowering parish communities to minister to the needs of youth and young adults. John is also an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University teaching pastoral ministry courses to graduate students.


John Rinaldo


As the Business Manager at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Morgan Hill, CA, Dr. John Rinaldo serves as the administrator over operations and finances for the parish in support of all parish ministries. Previously, John served as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of San Jose, empowering parish communities to minister to the needs of youth and young adults. John is also an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University teaching pastoral ministry courses to graduate students.



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