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Introducing our New Children's Pastor

July 10, 2016

Dear Resurrection,

Steve Williamson:
On Sunday, we announced that we have hired long-time member Carole Seid as our new Children’s Pastor. We are so excited to welcome Carole onto our pastoral team.

When we were searching for our new Children’s Pastor, we were looking for someone who not only loved children, but could shepherd our families. Our Children’s Pastor is also responsible for a large volunteer team, many of whom are young adults. During our months of search, we were seeking someone with the gifts to equip all of these groups—parents, children, and volunteers—for transformation in their own lives and the lives of our families.

I am thrilled that Carole is bringing multigenerational pastoral gifts to this role. A passionate educator, she has taught in preschool, elementary, and junior high classrooms in both public and Christian schools. Her gift for pastoring families blossomed in her educational consulting business, where she counseled and coached parents exploring or implementing homeschooling. For thirty years, Carole instructed thousands of families at conventions and seminars and consulted with individuals. More recently, she also became certified as a Christian life coach, often mentoring young adults.

Beyond her clear pastoral gifts, I have also been incredibly impressed with Carole’s integrity throughout the hiring process. Carole’s background includes the difficult journey she has walked in her marriage. She recently shared the intimate and beautiful story of how she and her son, J.J., have walked the hard road of abandonment and separation from her husband in a letter she released through her private practice. Carole's honesty and Christian character shine through her story, which you can find online here.

Many of our clergy and pastoral leaders have been pastorally close to Carole for the past several years and are well acquainted with her incredible gifts, her character, and her beautiful testimony. We are thrilled to welcome Carole on staff as our Children’s Pastor.

I have asked Carole to share more below about her background.

Carole Seid: 
Becoming Resurrection’s Children’s Pastor is the culmination of all of my passions. God has imparted in me a deep love for children. I am passionate about creating environments that spark learning for children of all ages.

When I consider my vision for the children at Resurrection, there are three main facets. First, I want to intentionally lead our team in the discipleship of our children to be the next leaders of our church. Second, I want to equip parents in their role as primary spiritual leaders in their children’s lives. Finally, I am so excited for the opportunity to love and support our volunteers, who serve faithfully every week.

My work over the past thirty years has focused on equipping not only parents, but anyone who works with children. I have always sought to support teachers and families and help them make informed educational decisions. While my primary audience has been families of homeschool children, I have done extensive work with families who send their children to public and private schools. In my role as Children’s Pastor, I will support all our parents as they seek to make the choices they believe are best for their children. While I will likely offer occasional Saturday seminars and limited consulting appointments, I am fully embracing this new season as a full-time Children’s Pastor.

I am humbled by the trust that our church family is placing in me. I covet your prayers that I can represent Christ well to our families.

Steve Williamson: 
We are excited for Carole to begin serving our families this Sunday, July 17. Families should look for an opportunity in the future for a meet-and-greet with Carole as the fall approaches. Carole can be reached at her staff email address, carole@churchrez.org

As always, If you have any questions about this hiring process, feel free to reach out to me at steve@churchrez.org.

Sincerely,

Steve Williamson, Executive Pastor of Staff and Worship
Carole Seid, Children’s Pastor

Steve Williamson
Deacon, Sr. Executive Pastor
steve@churchrez.org
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An Interview with Deacon Karen Miller

January 08, 2016

For the past 13 years, deacon Karen Miller has served full-time on Resurrection's staff, most recently and notably as our Executive Pastor. In this role, she has guided our staff and congregation with her incredible leadership gifts, often from behind the scenes.

On any given day in the office, you could find her encouraging parishioners, corralling staff, and providing perspective and insight to Bishop Stewart, all while administrating personnel concerns. After doing this with grace and skill for many years, Karen is transitioning to the role of Leadership Coach.

You can read more about her and other staff changes in a letter from Bishop Stewart.

Karen, you've been full-time at Rez for almost 13 years. What led you to move to this part-time role of Leadership Coach?

I have loved being 2nd chair to Stewart and being an Executive Pastor for almost 13 years.

As you know, in the last year Kevin and I have been in a time of transition as we have been discerning with the Lord and Bishop Stewart the next season of our Calls and ministry. Kevin is now at Christianity Today and Stewart is focused on leading Rez into it's next vision and call as a church.

As Kevin and Stewart got clear on their next season of ministry, I was seeking the Lord and talking with Stewart about my next season of ministry.

As you know Rez's new vision is, "Equipping everyone for transformation"—which has at its heart constantly raising up and releasing the next generation of leaders. On the staff, I have helped develop Steve and Amy and others to grow in their leadership. I felt that they needed more space to lead.

Also, for the past year or more, I have talked with Stewart about how I could do less executive-pastor work, which has involved a lot of administration and untying ministry challenges while supervising a staff of 29.

What I feel called to in this next season of my ministry is to do more leadership-coaching. Stewart said it well: "You don't want to keep untying the knots; you want to help other people untie the knots." I would like to coach others how to do this.

The result of all those conversations was that we decided I would go part-time with Rez, doing leadership coaching of staff and key lay leaders and also coach rectors in the diocese. In addition, for the past year, I've had a small private practice, doing leadership coaching, and I hope to grow that.

What are you excited about as you contemplate your new job?

My life vision is to "Strengthen the church by strengthening her leaders." God has called me to coach leaders. If we have healthy leaders, we will have healthy teams and churches.

In my coaching, I combine 2 things: (1) growing your leadership skills and (2) caring for your leader's soul. Both matter. We are integrated as leaders. If foundational soul issues are not addressed, no leadership skills will ultimately be effective.

Both "skills" and "soul" issues come up in coaching.

In the skills area, recently I met with a staff member who was leading a group on our staff but felt the weekly meeting was "stuck." We discussed why, and I gave resources to help get that leader and group get unstuck.

In the diocese, not long ago I spoke with a rector and challenged him in the soul area--caring for his marriage and working on his soul-care plan.

I love seeing godly leaders like this take the next step in their development.

What do you remember about your early days as Executive Pastor?

When I started in 2003, I think Stewart and Keith Hartsell were the only full-time staff members. I was pastor of community and discipleship, then became associate pastor, and then executive pastor. Fairly early, I began supervising other staff, and I loved it. I love equipping people. My first teaching at Rez was from Ephesians 4 on how church leaders must equip the saints for ministry.

I found out that Rez staff has a great tradition—an annual "Staff Fun Day." On my first one, youth pastor Keith Hartsell was in charge and had us play laser tag. John Fawcett and I were on the same team, and we kept shooting each other. We didn't quite get the concept. I always appreciate as staff members that we can laugh at ourselves and have fun.

What is something you accomplished while Executive Pastor that you're proud of?

Developing and maintaining a healthy staff team . I say to new staff, "I want you to live by 3 books: the Bible, the Book of Common Prayer, and The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. If you do, you'll have a great time on staff."

I also had the motto, "Pray hard, work hard, play hard." We have fun together.

How can we be praying for you?

For the first time in 24 years, I will not be going into an office and leading a team. So please pray I will find a new rhythm of life.

And as I walk into this next adventure with God, pray I grow into a fruitful leadership coach.

How can people who are interested in your coaching get hold of you?

I send this letter to new clients. You can also reach me at StrengthenYourLeadership@gmail.com

Karen Miller
Leadership Coach of Resurrection & Upper Midwest Diocese
karenmiller@churchrez.org