Monte Wilkinson is a pastor, a mentor, and one of my closest friends. I have to say that I wouldn’t be the pastor I am today without his example. He’s the lead minister at NorthEast Christian Church out in Lexington, Kentucky, and has seen a thing or two when it comes to leading a ministry. I can’t wait for you to hear the wisdom has has to share.

Take a listen to our conversation as Monte talks about what it was like having me as an intern, the lessons he learned transitioning into a new church, and how the golden rule influences the way that he leads.

Special thanks to ServeHQ for sponsoring this week’s episode!


About Monte Wilkinson – 2:59

  • A bit about Monte
  • How he came to ministry
  • Meeting Rusty as an intern

Leading simply from internships to lead pastoring – 05:41

  • The value of internships
  • Transitioning from Southland to NorthEast
  • Building up disciplined time with God

More life wisdom from Monte – 37:40

  • How to transition healthily from a staff role to a leadership position.
  • Righting the ship after a difficult transition.
  • How Rusty learned to integrate humor and reality in his sermons.
  • The most valuable leadership tool you can use in your relationships.


About Our Guest

Monte Wilkinson stands smiling with his familyMonte Wilkinson is originally from Des Moines, Iowa.  After graduating from Cincinnati Christian University, he joined the ministry team at Southland Christian Church in Lexington, KY.  After serving in various roles at Southland for nearly 38 years, Monte joined the staff at NorthEast Christian Church, also in Lexington, in 2007.  In 2012, Monte was named the Lead Minister at NorthEast Christian.  

Monte has been married to Ann, his High School sweetheart, for 38 years.  They have two daughters, Bailey (Ethan), and Natalie (Tyler).  Bailey and Ethan blessed Monte with his first granddaughter, Nora, earlier this year. 

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