Finding a Key Leader

In my last tip, I talked about different skills we need to grow movements from one stage to the next. Also this week, EFM, CFM and LD hosted a gathering of staff in Orlando for a distance coaching roundtable. Impact, Destino, Epic, SALT, Valor and Faculty Commons staff, along with CFM staff working in cities and reaching state-wide scopes met to talk about best practices and learn from one another.

One roundtable session looked at best practices and resources for moving from Pioneering to Key Leader. One of our staff, working with second generation South Asians, SALT, took notes and organized their discussion.

Online materials

  • We need to have an attitude of a learner. Learning where the campus is. Decoding is important. Tom Virtue has a tool for this available on CruPress Green. This is very important in the EFM context. One way to learn is to invite yourself to ethnic student organization activities.
  • There is a process on CruPress Green about pioneering, a starter kit.
  • There is a worksheet available on the wiki. Search for “decoding” or “Tom Virtue.”
  • Use 100% database of students that have gone to different cities.
  • Search online and find contacts from the leaders of ethnic organizations. Using a campus nearby.

Volunteer based

  • Find a key volunteer in a location first. Then resource him or her. This person can be found by networking through alumni.
  • Churches have alumni. So volunteers can be surfaced from them.
  • Leapfrogging. Talk with groups in nearby cities where you want to start. They may know someone who moved there.
  • Our supporters have contacts.
  • Faculty at two-year schools are a great resource.
  • Use a volunteer application form. Use staff to find a volunteer.
  • Stakeholders: inviting the Community to Invest” is a Mid-Atlantic SLI research project presentation that explains a model for raising up Stakeholders.

Student based

  • If you visit the campus for one day, research beforehand so that you can go on a day that an event is happening in your target audience.
  • Using a conference to make connections with friends and family of the students currently involved. For example, the SALT Movement makes connections with students at new campuses when they come to the SALT Conference.
  • Encourage students to share with other students about the movement at another location.
  • Find an indigenous group that is established that is not aligned with us or anyone else. [You will want to align them to our distinctives.]
  • Ask students wondering questions (e.g. “I wonder what it would look like if there was a movement here.”).

Cloud based

  • Someone using the ministry locator and running with it has proven the most effective.
  • SALT Movement has a page on the Movement website for someone to contact us to start a movement: and click on “campuses,” “your campus!”

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