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Tony Myles is a youth ministry veteran, author, speaker, volunteer youth worker and lead pastor of Connection Church in Medina, Ohio... and he really likes smoothies.

jimmyfallonThis is a big week for Jimmy Fallon – between taking on the Tonight Show and all the press that’s involved with it.

Critics will be waiting to pounce on him, eager to summarize if he “nails it” or “fails it.”

There will be a lot of leadership lessons for you as you watch it all unfold. As you think about it, share any learning curves you’ve already observed about it (or circle back here throughout the week as you pick up on some more). For example, some people have already made up their mind that “no one will ever compare to Leno.” Have you ever faced that in life, your career or in a ministry as you took over from your successor?

Meanwhile, enjoy this fun riffing that Jimmy and his crew offer on their different church experiences growing up. This dates back to 2011 when Kirk Franklin was to be a guest and Jimmy’s house band The Roots started to play some “Gospel music” with a nod to their understanding of church.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67kKGFyXB9M

2 COMMENTS

  • Ken Foster says:

    Hahaha that’s what my youth group has been trying to tell me about the music at our church.

    I can relate to your article. I took over responsibility for our youth program from a guy half my age who still attends our church. I started out as his subordinant, then he became mine, and then we had some differences that we couldn’t work out as I went about implementing my strategy. It took a long time to gain acceptance from the kids. In some ways, I’m not there yet after 3+ years. There are some I may never win over. My strategy was to make sure I continued a good relationship with the ex-leader, use him as a sub from time to time, etc. I informed the kids knew that his departure was a decision we mutually agreed on, and that we were still good friends despite our differences. After some time and continued efforts on both our parts to build a solid relationship, I’m excited that he’s asked to come back in a limited capacity. It’s been great putting the band back together.

  • Ken Foster says:

    Hahaha that’s what my youth group has been trying to tell me about the music at our church.

    I can relate to your article. I took over responsibility for our youth program from a guy half my age who still attends our church. I started out as his subordinant, then he became mine, and then we had some differences that we couldn’t work out as I went about implementing my strategy. It took a long time to gain acceptance from the kids. In some ways, I’m not there yet after 3+ years. There are some I may never win over. My strategy was to make sure I continued a good relationship with the ex-leader, use him as a sub from time to time, etc. I informed the kids knew that his departure was a decision we mutually agreed on, and that we were still good friends despite our differences. After some time and continued efforts on both our parts to build a solid relationship, I’m excited that he’s asked to come back in a limited capacity. It’s been great putting the band back together.

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