How to balance Professional and Personal Relationships with Leaders

Cory Sullivan is back on the podcast today to talk about a balancing act ministers do. That balancing act is navigating a “professional” relationship with volunteers leaders and a “personal” relationship. In order to be successful you need both. If all you have is a professional relationship with leaders you miss a community aspect of ministry that can be so key to your ministry as a team.  However, on the flip side, if you are too personal you may miss opportunities to minister to people effectively. So you have to learn how to navigate professional and personal relationships with your leaders.

That is why Cory is back on the podcast and in this podcast we talk about:

  • How things are going and what Cory is thankful for
  • Why getting to know leaders personally is so important…not just for Staffers but for volunteers as well
  • How do you balance a professional and personal relationships with volunteer leaders.
  • What an “informal” meeting time with leaders look like
  • Why do you need to have a personal relationship with your leaders


  • As always, Cory is a great resource and you can find him blogging here.  You can also follow him on Twitter here. He’s a great resource so hit him up and pick his brain.
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Tom Pounder

A father of 4, Tom is the Online Campus Pastor as well as Social Media Director at New Life Christian Church in Chantilly, VA. He blogs, vlogs, periscopes and podcasts regularly about student and online ministry stuff. Check out his work at and on iTunes (search YMSidekick).

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