The Meeting From Hell

The weeks following Spring Break are interesting ones indeed. We expect to come back rested and revitalized, ready to plow through the final eight weeks of the school year. However, that is not as simple in practice as it is on paper. Yes, there are only eight weeks left, but those eight weeks contain so much in terms of academic and social obligations that after a week of being back on campus, we are all ready for summer to begin!

Lighthouse leadership was especially lucky; we got to come back and bust out plans for our special Holy Week service, an untimely Unplugged, the City Dive event, and next year’s budget (and that’s a whole other blog’s worth of complaining that I will kindly leave out for now). But that wasn’t even all. It was time, once again, to hire new interns for the coming fall.

This being my first full year on the leadership team, I was new to the hiring process. All I knew was that it culminated in what was termed “The Meeting From Hell.” Not exactly encouraging. As the interviews drew nearer and I read over the applications in preparation, I began to understand exactly why our weekly Friday meeting, which was to be extended an extra half hour, was going to be hellish. ALL OF THE APPLICANTS SOUNDED AMAZING. How in the world were we supposed to sit down in a civilized fashion and pick only two or three of the seven people who applied?? The stories of service, spiritual growth, and leadership experience absolutely floored me, and I found myself wondering if I would have been selected for leadership last year if I had been up against these applicants!

If the applications weren’t good enough, the interviews were even more incredible. And the nice part was, we’re friends with all who applied, which made the whole experience much more relaxed and enjoyable. This presented us with a bit of a caveat, however. We had seven of our friends, all of whom are talented and committed to service, and extremely excited to be a part of Lighthouse leadership. If that doesn’t sound like a recipe for a disastrous meeting, then I don’t know what does.

So Friday came. All seven applicants had been interviewed. We all had time to mull over the conversations, get an idea of who we wanted to work with most, think about who would do well in what position. We arrived at Kilworth that afternoon, our hearts heavy, and, in my case, fingernails bitten down to nothing. And we plunged in.

Maybe it was because we prayed before starting, or maybe because there were two boxes of Krispy Kreme donuts in the room—whatever the cause, all 10 of us were able to agree on three people to hire and which positions they would fulfill. It was really quite miraculous. I came out of the meeting with neither of the two roles I was expecting to have, and some other roles got shifted around as well, but nobody was shoehorned into a role that they didn’t want (except poor Stephanie. Sorry, Steph, we love you and appreciate all you do).

This is all to say that I am incredibly excited for next year, and I know that everyone else would say the same. The team looks great, but we will always encourage people to re-apply, or at the very least, to seek unofficial leadership positions within Lighthouse. All we can hope to do is grow and improve, and in this case, the more the merrier. Thank you to all who applied, and congratulations to our three new additions!

If you’d like to talk to Brittany about this or anything else, you can join her in Diversions for her next Cafe Hour on Monday, April 22nd, from 1:00 to 2:00.