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Q&A with Willie Robertson, Personal Coaching, Tools, Last Word
When Tristan recently visited our youth ministry for the first time, several kids greeted him, and he connected with leaders. I even briefly met with his mom. It felt like a win because our ministry was relational and inviting. Afterward, I asked Tristan to fill out a visitor registration card so we could best serve him and his family. He quickly filled it out and went home.
I placed Tristan’s card on my assistant’s desk so she could plug him into our database. That way he’d get calls, calendars, and even text notifications from our Simply Youth Ministry Tools account. We’ve worked out several kinks in our assimilation process, but one thing stood in our way: Tristan’s handwriting was like an indiscernible scribble font. If our logo hadn’t been on the card, my assistant wouldn’t have even known if she was holding the card right-side up (yes, it was that bad).
Are you sometimes a coward?
I know I am…
And because I’m quite familiar with the visceral mechanics of cowardice in myself, it’s not that hard to spot it in others, even when we do our best to camouflage it…
Not long ago, Willie Robertson was a small-town Louisiana youth pastor struggling to make ends meet and trying to balance the demands of ministry and the responsibilities of a dad with four small kids at home. He dropped out of seminary after a year, deciding that a business degree might come in handy down the road. So he resigned from his church staff position, graduated from business school, and took over the day-to-day operations of his dad’s little mom-and-pop hunter-supply business, soon turning Duck Commander into a multimillion-dollar success story.