Episode #77: Interview with Larry Bettencourt

This episode of the Learning to Lead podcast comes from our interview series. This episode is extremely special to me because I interviewed one of my heroes, Larry Bettencourt today.

No one has had a bigger impact on my life than Pastor Larry. You would not be listening to this podcast if it were not for Larry Bettencourt. In fact, if you’ve been impacted by anything I’ve done with my life,  it would not have happened without Past or Larry’s influence on my life. I met Larry when he was a Youth Pastor at Victory Family Church. He was the first person to invest in me, to believe in me, to see things in me that I didn’t see in myself, and to give me opportunities that nobody else would have ever given me!

I tell people often that all we are trying to do through L3 Leadership is to do for others what Pastor Larry has done for me and so many others. Pastor Larry also spoke at one of our Learning to Lead breakfasts this year. You can listen to his talk from the breakfast here. I know this interview will add value to your life! Below you will find Larry’s bio, links to connect with Larry, ways to help this podcast, and more! Enjoy the interview.

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Episode #77: Interview with Larry Bettencourt

Learning to Lead PodcastEpisode #77

Larry’s Bio:

Pastor Larry Bettencourt and his wife Kim are the founding lead pastors of Champion LifeChurch in Beaver Falls, PA (Chippewa Twp.). The church launched in April 2011 and is steadily growing with 250 people. Larry and Kim served in ministry for over 23 years. Larry has served as a youth pastor in the Western PA area since he moved here from New Orleans to attend Geneva College in 1986. From a youth leader for Young Life, a veteran youth pastor, and a youth pastor coach and church planter, his desire is to help pastors and leaders thrive in the calling God has for them.

In 2007, Larry became the founder of Finishline Ministries. Finishline Ministries exists to “Strengthen the Local Church” in coaching, equipping and training leaders. Larry has a Master Degree in Organizational Leadership from Geneva College, as well as undergraduate Degree in Elementary Education. Larry holds a Degree in Theology from Life Christian University. Pastor Larry has authored the book, Put It Behind Ya , which encourages you to “press toward the high call of Jesus Christ without the past holding you back.” Larry and his wife Kim live in Beaver County, PA with their four daughters.

Connect with Larry:

Key Takeaways: 

  • Always ask God, “What’s my assignment today?”
  • Love your family! 20-second hugs!
  • Some of our expectations need to be thrown out the door – Things taker longer than you think they will
  • Success is helping change lives
  • Mentors come for reasons and seasons
  • Emotional health starts with me
  • Be secure enough to ask people how to be better – let them speak into your life
  • I’d rather win with family then win with ministry
  • There will be time for more ministry down the road, there won’t be time to invest in your kids again when they are grown
  • When developing people, always ask yourself what you think they need now in their development
  • If you’re going to change young people’s lives then you’ve got to clock time together!
  • The best coaches coach in the moment
  • Give people steps and see what they do
  • Young leaders don’t want to move the chains, they want touchdowns.
  • Show-up, Shut-up, and Shovel!

Learning to Lead Announcements: 

1.) Learning to Lead Breakfast Series Our next leadership event will be a lunch on Saturday, December 12th at 8 a.m. at Bistro to Go on the North Side. Our speaker is Dean Owrey, CFO of UPMC Enterprises and ISD. Register here for the breakfast!

2.) Learning to Lead Small Groups – We have a small group of young leaders that get together twice a month to discuss leadership, hold each other accountable to our goals, and to build a community of leaders passionate about making a difference in our city. If you’re interested in attending, e-mail me at dougsmith@l3leadership.org.

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