teamwork

April 15, 2015

How To Lead A "Creative Team"

Ten years ago, when I first began creating High Voltage Kids Ministry curriculum, I remember being scared to death.  I had never tried ANYTHING like this before and had put it off for many years already.  You see, I had felt God leading me in this direction but wasn't willing to take the leap.  When I finally decided to jump, I assembled a team of 10 of my best leaders in a room, and we proceeded to craft the very first High Voltage release, "Got Questions?"  It was a wonderfully collaborative process, and the end product was amazing. When it […]
August 11, 2014

10 Common Mistakes Church Staff Members Make

If you work (or have worked) on a multiple member staff at a local church, you know that it is not always easy to maintain unity and cohesion among the team.  Much of the reason for that are some of these common mistakes made by church staff members.  Browse the list and give yourself a check-up... 1)  Competing with other staff members. In staff meeting, they look for opportunities to shoot each other down.  They make the mistake of thinking that to make yourself look good, you have to make them look bad.  That’s not a team. 2)  Using “cut-down” humor […]
June 4, 2014

3 Reasons You Need To STOP Telling Everyone You Need Help!

Picture this:  It's an average Sunday Morning in church in Anytown, USA.  The kids are bouncing off the walls, the crowd is buzzing, and the energy is palpable! Suddenly, the silence is broken with a booming voice echoing through the halls. It's the voice of the Children's Ministry Director.  She's talking to a group of people whom she sees as possible volunteers.  Then, the words come out - "We need HELP!  We are overwhelmed!  We have so many kids and not enough workers!  HELP US!" This is perhaps THE most ineffective way to recruit new team members.  There is nothing […]
May 19, 2014

Are You Stealing From Others For The Sake Of The Ministry?

It was a hot Summer afternoon in Dallas, Texas in 1993.  I had a flat tire - and no spare.  I locked my car, left it on the side of busy I-35E in the middle of rush hour traffic, and started running to the closest service station about 1 mile away.  I got there, bought a cheap spare tire, and rolled it back down the hill to my car.  I had only been gone approximately 20 minutes. When I arrived, I found my back window broken with glass all in my back seat.  I looked inside to find that my […]
May 7, 2014

What Your Kids Can Learn From Kevin Durant

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a HUGE Dallas Mavericks fan (yes, I am fully aware of how bad we lost in Game 7 to the Spurs, LOL)!  Two of our biggest rivals are the San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder.  I have always admired Kevin Durant as a player, but his acceptance speech for winning the 2014 MVP of the NBA took my respect for him to a whole new level. It's not often you see someone at his level truly appreciate those who got him there.  I normally hate watching acceptance speeches because the […]
January 13, 2014

What Do You Consider A "WIN" For Your Volunteers?

This past week, I was asked by a fellow Kids Pastor - "What do you consider a WIN for your volunteers?" I shared with him my thoughts and thought I would share them with you as well. Kid-Connection - When a volunteer gets to the point where their main focus when they are in Kids Church (or other area of Kidmin) is to connect with the kids that are present, rather than the other adults that are present, then we have a WIN!  We push our team to engage every child they can, learn their name, and find out what […]
November 12, 2013

Lessons I Learned From My Marathon (pt. 1)

On November 2, 2013, I completed my first marathon - at the ripe old age of 40.  I definitely would not encourage anyone to wait until they are 40 to run their first, but I wouldn't take anything away from my experience.  It was an experience that changed my life - both the race and the training I went through to get there.  I learned a lot of lessons through this marathon. Over the next several blog posts, I would like to share with you some of those lessons.  I don't expect most of you to ever actually run a […]
October 28, 2013

Are You A "Self-Aware" Leader?

"What you can't see, you won't change!  What you won't change will become a habit!  Your habits will become a lifestyle!" Ever seen a situation like this:  A Children's Ministry Leader is convinced they have it going on and that their entire team respects them.  However, when you listen to their team and watch how they interact with them, it is obvious that their team has no respect for them.  The Children's Ministry Leader is convinced things couldn't be better.  The team is convinced things couldn't be worse. Leadership is hard.  If it were easy, everyone would be a stunning […]
October 10, 2013

Raising The Bar: Expecting MORE From Your Team

“I can’t get my team to come to meetings, so I just don’t schedule them.”   ”I wish my team were more committed.”  ”I want to raise the level of my team, but I am afraid of losing good people.” I hear statements like these from Kidmin Leaders all the time.  They want to take their team to the next level of commitment so they can accomplish more for the Kingdom, but they are afraid that if they expect more, they will lose people off of their team.  And, they are probably right. Anytime we raise the standard and expect more […]
May 28, 2013

Ten Rules For Dealing With Others

I am sure most of you have heard of Dr. Norman Vincent Peale.  He is one of the more famous authors and motivational speakers of the 20th Century.  He had "10 Rules" that he operated under when dealing with others.  I thought it would be interesting to see how many of these you are practicing on a daily basis in ministry: 1.  Learn to remember people's names.  People's names are important to them.  Forgetting a person's nameis often taken as a sign you are not interested in them. 2.  Relax and be a comfortable person to be with.  Make sure […]
February 18, 2013

Are You Doing YOUR Job?

As Kids Ministry leaders, we are passionate about our area of ministry.  We work hard and focus on creative ideas to reach more and more children for the cause of Christ.  This is wonderful!  This is what we SHOULD do. Often, that laser focus and passion leads us to ignore other very important and fundamental needs in our church.  We must remember that, although our PRIMARY focus may be Kids Ministry, the BIGGER role we play is that of a member of our church's pastoral TEAM. I was speaking at a church in Texas several years back.  The Kids Pastor […]
June 4, 2012

MOMENTUM KILLERS

We all love those moments in ministry when everything seems to be clicking.  The team is rocking, the place is growing, the numbers are climbing, and the morale is as high as its every been.  It's what many leaders call "The Big MO" - a.k.a. MOMENTUM! Momentum in ministry should NEVER be taken for granted.  You never know how long it will last.  You want to make the most of it and capitalize on it.  If you aren't careful, you might lose it.  Here's a quick hit list of some of the biggest MOMENTUM KILLERS. 1)  PRIDE - There is nothing […]
April 30, 2012

How To Know When It Is Time To Leave

It's one of the toughest decisions you will ever have to make:  Leaving a church you have been serving as a staff member.  It's a decision that should NEVER be made cavalierly and never without much prayer and consideration. I have seen many staff members leave too early and short circuit what God was wanting to do in them during a process of seasoning and learning.  But, I have also seen many staff members stay longer in a situation than they should have.  By doing so, they ended up hurting the church and their family in the process. Certainly, you […]
October 3, 2011

Does a Kidmin Volunteer have to be a Christian?

KIDMIN QUESTION: "In a small church, it can be difficult to get enough volunteers since you are just starting out.  What do you think about people who aren't Christians volunteering with kids?" - submitted by Dan in Santa Monica, California I understand that many of you will have differing opinions than I have on this subject.  I want you to know that it is OK - and I welcome the discussion.  Please leave comments below.  Let's share our approach and reasons for it. My personal opinion and conviction on this matter is that all volunteers in Kids Ministry should go […]
September 6, 2011

Recruiting Volunteers pt. 3

picking up where pt. 2 left off - here is the conclusion of my thoughts on recruiting volunteers... 8)  Develop a job description and communicate CLEAR expectations. You can’t expect a volunteer to “just know” what they need to do.   When possible, give a complete list of expectations in writing to avoid confusion.  There is nothing worse than giving someone a job to do and not clearly communicating expectations.  The volunteer has no way to know if they are doing what is expected or not.  This breeds confusion, so communicate expectations ON PAPER so there is no question as to […]
August 29, 2011

Recruiting Volunteers Pt. 2

KIDMIN QUESTION: “When recruiting, how do you help potential volunteers respond out of the right motivation (God honoring, using their gifts, etc) instead of guilt?” - submitted by Donna Leupp in Peshtigo, WI Picking up where Pt. 1 left off - here are more principles to follow when recruiting volunteers for your Kidmin Team... 4)  Develop a ministry application for volunteers to complete. Sit down and put together an application that not only gathers pertinent contact information, but also asks probing questions that give you insight into the person you are considering.  What are their likes/dislikes?  What experience do they have working with kids?  What […]
August 22, 2011

Recruiting Volunteers Pt. 1

KIDMIN QUESTION: "How do you get folks in the church to volunteer when they think it is the Children's Pastor's job to do the ministry?" - submitted by Mike Benintende, N. Versailles, PA This is one of the most difficult tasks of a Kidmin Leader - Recruiting Volunteers.  I can tell you, there is no magic formula.  The only way to recruit successfully is by CONTINUOUS hard work and adherence to a few key principles.  In the next few posts, I will share some of those keys that I have learned.  Hopefully they will help you to build a strong team […]
August 8, 2011

Kids Ministry Philosophy

WEEKLY KIDMIN QUESTION: "What has been the biggest change in your Kids Ministry philosophy in the past 20 years?" - submitted by Jon Warneke of Polson, MT It's hard to believe I am even qualified to answer this question, since to do so means I would have actually had to BE IN Kids Ministry for nearly 20 years.  It's true though - I am officially an OLD MAN! I began my Kids Ministry life in 1992 as a sophomore in College serving at a local church.  I had NO idea what I was doing when it came to leading kids […]