Director of Missions, San Diego Southern Baptist Association
What a Director of Missions to close out our year of Seven Questions! Mike Carlisle who serves as DOM (also called Association Mission Strategist) for the San Diego Association self-describes his duties as planting new churches, revitalizing older churches, supporting pastors, and the list goes on from there. He grew up in a blue-collar family in Ohio, where the whole family had a hand in the family business – Carlisle Construction. He and his wife Judy met on their first day of college. They raised three sons and, these days, enjoy six grandchildren. Education and ministry have been subjects held most high on Mr. Carlisle’s list, completing his MBA at Pepperdine School of Business, his MDiv from Golden Gate Seminary, and then completing a doctoral program on church growth from Fuller Seminary. Mr. Carlisle has led an illustrious career, working for places like Coca-Cola, Irvine Valley College, a cable television company in Southern California and NAMB – He has some pretty interesting stories to tell as he has committed a lifelong investment in California Ministry!
1. What book are you currently reading?
I am currently reading Slave Stealers by Timothy Ballard. Another recent book is Loving Your Community by Stephen Viars. I am a leadership junkie greatly influenced by leaders such as Ken Blanchard, author of the One Minute Manager, Lead Like Jesus and sixty other excellent leadership books.
2. In-N-Out or Chick-fil-A?
Both. Not a cop-out. I love the Chick-fil-A company. I had the privilege of meeting founder Truett Cathy and his son Dan while living in Atlanta. It is one of the best-run companies in America. But I crave In-N-Out!
3. What is one piece of advice you would give to your younger self?
Learn how to create boundaries. Ministry is a never-ending role that will consume you unless you finally learn how to create margin for your life and family.
4. Tell us something that nobody knows about you.
I was a rock and roll drummer who played in nightclubs during my four years in high school!
5. Do you have a favorite leadership/personality type assessment? (Ex: Myers-Briggs, StrengthsFinder, etc....) If so, what do the results tell us about you?
I enjoy the StrengthsFinder assessment. My top 5 strengths from StrengthsFinder are as follows: activator, connectedness, communication, futuristic, relator.
6. Tell us your best, ministry horror story.
My first person to baptize was a large person; as I pronounced the baptism statement and started to submerge her, she floated on top of the water. I didn’t know people could float! … It was a learning process.
7. When you think through all the names of Christ, what name resonates with you right now and why?
Redeemer. Everyone needs a second chance and hope for the future.