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Calling the Next Generation of Leaders.

March 22, 2018 Leave a comment

Good morning and Happy Thursday! It is a beautiful morning in downtown Grand Rapids!

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Yesterday was the annual meeting of the Trustees of Mel Trotter Ministries. It was one year ago that my term ended as Board Chair.

Last year I shared my reflections on this experience.

One of my great joys during this time was seeing the launch of Mel Trotter Ministries 2020 Strategic Plan.  Check it out to see some exciting things we see in the near future for MTM.

 

 

Detroit Nonprofit Day

Today,  I was reading about an upcoming event called Detroit Non-Profit Day

This is a one day conference on Saturday April 14th devoted to preparing non-profits for financial and sustainable growth.

Social entrepreneurs and those in the non-profit community should consider this workshop. You can sign up here.

Reflecting on Detroit NonProfit Day and  my experience at Mel Trotter as well as serving other nonprofits, got me thinking on nonprofit sustainability and prompted me to write this post.

This is an issue that all non-profits need to address:

how are non-profits going to stay viable in the future?

 

However, the issue I wanted to address in this post is sustainability in leadership.

 

My Call to Next Generation Leaders. We Need You.

I can appreciate the anxieties that many service-minded folks can experience when faced with volunteer/board service. Particularly the next generation/millennials.

Many feel inadequate and inexperienced.

I had a conversation recently with a friend – we serve on a committee together where the rest of the people around the table are successful influencers and leaders in the business community. My friend made the comment to me that “one of these things is not like the other.” He was pointing out the obvious – we, in both our minds,  stuck out like a sore thumb because our relative young age.

Simply put, when you are younger and sitting around a table full of gray-haired folks who have achieved much more than you, it is easy to let insecurity or doubt slip in.

This insecurity can be a road block for many in putting themselves out there for service.

If that’s you – here’s my call to you:

What you are experiencing is normal.

But get over it.

Fight through the temptation to be passive. Be bold and reach out to the organization that fits your passions.

Don’t do it for yourself – do it for the cause that you care about.

Because whether the organization acknowledges it or not – they need you.

They need your perspective, and they need you to get involved to gain experience and develop institutional knowledge in how their nonprofit works.

You only learn the strengths and the gaps of an organization by spending time in that organization in active service.

 

Here’s a selfish plug for Mel Trotter Ministries – interested in learning more about ways to serve or connect with the leadership? Join me for lunch.

At Mel Trotter Ministries, we are always looking for volunteers. We need people who have a heart for the hungry, homeless and hurting in West Michigan.  As we seek to end homelessness in West Michigan, one life at a time, it is a large task and we cannot do it alone.

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This is my call to everyone, but particularly our next generation of leaders – millennials and beyond.

Ask yourself:

 

How can I serve?

 

 

 

Millennials – I’m reminded of the Bible – 1 Timothy 4:12 –

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers

The fact remains – the millennial and younger generations are our future leaders.

Now is the perfect time to get plugged into one of the many opportunities to serve and lead.

Please take this as your personal invitation from me –

Take the initiative.

Get engaged.

Just show up.

 

e-mail: Jeshua@dwlawpc.com

Twitter: @JeshuaTLauka

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Waiting For Your Personal Invitation From the Non-Profit CEO?

November 19, 2015 Leave a comment

The Attorney General’s Office issued a press release today in collaboration with The Michigan Nonprofit Association, Council of Michigan Foundations,Michigan Association of United Ways:

A guide to supporting Michigan’s charitable nonprofit organizations

Rosa Parks Circle, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Some good advice for charitable giving.

One point I thought worth mentioning – volunteering.

If a charitable non-profit is worth giving your money to, why not give your time and expertise as well?

I serve on the board of directors for Mel Trotter Ministries.

At Mel Trotter, we are always looking for people to volunteer who have a heart for the homeless and hurting in West Michigan.

We honestly could use anyone who is reading this. If you are passionate about our ministry, there is a place for you to use your time and talent at Mel Trotter. If interested – e-mail me.

Maybe rescue mission work isn’t your thing.

It is equally  true of all non-profit ministries – they could use you whether they personally let you know or not.

This is a call to everyone, but particularly millennials.

Non-profits may not (do not) do the best job of reaching out to you individually to engage you with their ministries. That’s a “growth area” for non-profits. We are all working on it.

However, that shouldn’t stop you from reaching out to a ministry that you are passionate about and asking the question:

How can I serve?

Millennials – I’m reminded of the Bible – 1 Timothy 4:12 –

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers

If you are passionate about serving – there is a place for you.

Don’t wait for a personal invitation from the Non-profit’s CEO.

Take the initiative.

Get engaged.

Just show up!

Questions?

Comments?

E-mail: Jeshua@dwlawpc.com