Episode 138: Leading and Learning with Passion

A Conversation with Nikki Baker

September 22, 2020

Are you a leader? Do you enjoy the process of learning new things? Are you a Jesus follower? If you said yes to any of those questions, Episode 138 is for you.

Today’s episode is a conversation with Nikki Baker, pastor of Pataskala United Methodist Church.

CliftonStrengths Come to Life

Reflect on your natural talents as you hear how Nikki’s top five CliftonStrengths (Learner, Input, Intellection, Individualization, and Connectedness) are fueling her leadership.

As you do, we encourage you to reflect on your CliftonStrengths. Not sure what they are? Buy the book and take the assessment here. Or purchase an access code online to uncover your top five.

You can learn more about HOPE: A Disciple-Making Pathway by expressing your interest here or exploring your strengths here.

Your top five CliftonStrengths are the natural way you think, feel, and behave. As a result, your top five also fuel your discipleship. Listen as Nikki shares how her top five are coming to life as a disciple of Jesus and helping her equip others for leadership.

Courageous Leadership

Additionally, we dive into what it means to be a courageous leader during this season, how the needs in our local contexts can change, and how sharing your passions can fuel relationships and invite others on the journey of discipleship.

This episode is filled with leadership wisdom, laughter, and reminders about how God has given you unique talents that you can leverage to be strengths.

Finally, this episode highlights the Learner talent from CliftonStrengths. It also happens to be the talent Sara sees most frequently in pastors and local church leaders. You just might LEARN something about your life as a leader.

Mentioned on this Episode


  1. CliftonStrengths

2. How to Be an AntiRacist by Ibram Kendi

3. Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure by Tim Harford

4. Sensible Shoes by Sharon Garlough Brown

5. Two Steps Forward: A Story of Persevering in Hope by Sharon Garlough Brown

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