Episode 144 - Partnerships: Reframing Competition - A Conversation with Rachel Billups

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Are you naturally competitive or collaborative?

Often, that's the dichotomy presented - especially in the church.

But what if there is a third way?

What if you compete so that everyone wins? Doing so necessitates collaboration. Today, Tim and Sara have a conversation with Rachel Billups, Senior Pastor of Ginghamsburg Church in Tipp City, Ohio.

Rachel leads with the following top five CliftonStrengths:

  • Achiever
  • Competition
  • Futuristic
  • Command, and
  • Focus.

Our conversation centers around how her Competition talent theme is fueling partnerships. Before you say, wait, it's that talent theme all about winning first place?

Yes, here's how Gallup defines the Competition talent theme:

People exceptionally talented in the Competition theme measure their progress against the performance of others. They strive to win first place and revel in contests.

Rachel turns this talent theme inside out, inviting people into partnerships so that the team wins, the ministry wins, and most of all the kingdom of God is more of a reality. For Rachel, winning by herself isn't fun. It's when the team wins, that there is a victory in the kingdom of God.

Join us as we explore how Christian leaders can set the pace for the team so that everyone wins. You'll hear examples of how she's building relationships with other pastors throughout the Miami Valley. Then, explore how building relationships is building bridges across the racial divide of Sunday morning. She'll share how Ginghamsburg Church is inviting everyone to focus on the children within 20 minutes of the church. Specifically, ensuring that every child goes to bed at night with faith, family, and food.

Be prepared for a fast-paced, fun-filled conversation with Rachel Billups as she invites us to focus on reframing competition by building kingdom partnerships.

Mentioned in this Episode Books

Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals

The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism

SOAR: Building Your Vision from the Ground Up by TD Jakes

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Moving On, Moving Up: 10 Practical Principles for Getting to the Next Level by Naomi Dowdy

Be Bold: Finding Your Fierce by Rachel Billups

CliftonStrengths

CliftonStrengths Mentioned in this Episode
  • Achiever
    • People exceptionally talented in the Achiever theme work hard and possess a great deal of stamina. They take immense satisfaction in being busy and productive.
  • Competition
    • People exceptionally talented in the Competition theme measure their progress against the performance of others. They strive to win first place and revel in contests.
  • Futuristic
    • People exceptionally talented in the Futuristic theme are inspired by the future and what could be. They energize others with their visions of the future.
  • Command
    • People exceptionally talented in the Command theme have presence. They can take control of a situation and make decisions.
  • Focus
    • People exceptionally talented in the Focus theme can take a direction, follow through and make the corrections necessary to stay on track. They prioritize, then act.

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