5. ‘Forced’ Chaplaincy Internship Sets A Career Path of Service and Advocacy
Larry Minnix has been caring and advocating for the aging and the mentally ill for more than 45 years. As President and CEO of LeadingAge, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, he can trace his career trajectory to a Methodist summer camp in his mid-teens, where he felt the call to minister.
How Did You Start Using Your Talents?
Larry began working at a mental hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, after college, turning down an Air Force Career. During seminary he continued his hospital work, sensing he needed to be involved in some kind of specialized ministry. “I loved the work and was there 28 years,” he recalls fondly.
The Most Impactful Turning Point?
At Candler School of Theology, “they forced me” to do a chaplaincy internship” at a nearby facility for the aged. His first day, entering the building during an ice storm, he quickly perceived, “This is what I’m supposed to do!” He found the relationships with residents and colleagues very rewarding.
The Most Powerful Lessons Learned?
Relate to a lot of different kinds of people. Be curious about what other people are doing. (See Frans Johansen’s book below). Pick the right people and ask the right questions. Get the right people “on the bus, and get them in the right seat,” as writer Jim Collins says.
On His Bookshelf
Connecting With Larry Minnix
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