To support families, Kingsland Baptist Church held its Next Generation Leadership Panel for Katy Area Professionals on Thursday, May 20th.
An expansion of Kingsland Career Services, the panel allowed business owners and professionals to hear from executives with decades of experience in their respective fields. The church launched the career counseling services program in January by offering free workspace to those working from home amid the pandemic.
Administration executive pastor Todd Pendergrass said the event focused less on job seekers and more on young business owners and middle managers that seasoned executives might encourage. He cited an oil and gas company that had laid off 15 percent of its workforce, forcing remaining employees to absorb more work and affecting their domestic lives.
Pendergrass hopefully said people would leave the event with valuable information that would help them better prioritize, compartmentalize and manage different areas of their time, careers and lives “because some of them run into the ground and their families pay. a price for it. So I hope it strengthens their families and gives them nuggets, something to hold onto.
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The event offered attendees the opportunity to network with the panelists after the sessions. Pendergrass wanted them to know that they could survive storms and reinvent themselves in multiple careers throughout their lives. He also hoped that business owners would be able to manage their priorities.
“If it’s to find someone else to lean on and who will help them in this area, then that’s what we’re going to do,” Pendergrass explained.
He said networking events in churches aren’t that common, so some people show up in part out of curiosity about what’s to come. He estimated that about 75% of the attendees were members of Kingsland Baptist Church.
Wende Gaikema is an executive and leadership coach who has guided many different leaders in a variety of industries and ages. She said that while they all have influence, some were not great leaders. She said successful leaders keep learning.
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“While some people may be born with more innate abilities, all key leadership skills can be developed and learned,” Gaikema said, adding that research has shown that leaders who focus on growth improve.
She advised participants to keep reading, talking with others, and looking at other leaders in their circles and always have a growth edge, or an area where they are intentionally striving to improve.
Neil Askew worked to increase Liberty University’s endowment from $ 25 million to over $ 1 billion. He said life would come with setbacks and challenges, “but you get over it, you do what you have to do and you keep on trucking.”
Written in 1969, it went from about $ 1,100 per month at US Steel to $ 107 per month with the United States Army. But he said he and his wife understood how to live below their means and advised participants to do the same. Askew added that it is important to have a spouse who is honest and who will tell his partner what he needs to hear. He also urged participants to be prepared to take certain risks.
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At one point, eight to ten people were using the workspace in the church gymnasium on weekdays. Although most have returned to their usual offices, a few continue to work there. Pendergrass said Kingsland will reduce the number of cabins in June. At the end of the summer, they would be deleted. He said they would likely set up a few more permanent cubicles in another part of the church to help people continue to work from home.
Pendergrass plans to continue serving professionals and families in the months to come.
“We continue to provide ongoing support to those in career transition. It is part of our efforts to strengthen the family, ”he said.