As a Kids Ministry Leader, you are in the business of being a PEOPLE BUILDER. Your goal is to help others reach their full potential of who God wants them to be.
Every person we meet, we either give life to or we take life from. You know what I'm talking about, don't you? There are people who encourage you and when you are done being with them you feel built up. Then, there are others who you feel torn down by.
Successful leaders are people who have mastered the art of building others up. There are few ways to build others up that are more effective than PRAISING THEM.
There is power in praising people! Something begins to happen in them, in you, and in your relationship when you praise someone.
Praise Your Kids! - Make a point to speak life into the kids in your ministry. Don't allow yourself to speak negativity into their lives. They hear that enough at school, on the playground, and sometimes even at home.
Even when you are correcting their behavior - avoid saying, "This behavior is ridiculous. Can't you just do the right thing?" Instead, say things like, "You are such an amazing kid. I see so much potential in you to do great things for God. These choices you are making are not helping you become all that God has planned for you. How can we change these choices so that they better reflect the amazing kid that you really are?"
Praise Your Volunteers! - Look for things your volunteers are doing well and speak up! Tell them how much you appreciate their effort and sacrifice to help build the Kingdom of God. Make a point to send a thank you note to at least five people every week (that's ONE note per day in the office). You can do it! It will make such a difference.
Praise God! - In your daily prayer, praise God for what He is doing in your ministry. Rather than just come to Him with a list of needs for your ministry, praise Him for what He has already done!
Praising others is important and comes with some amazing benefits - not only for them, but for you. When you praise others...
1) Your relationships grow - Life is all about relationships. When you praise others, it deepens their appreciation for you and serves to build your relationship with them.
2) Your leadership and influence grow - Who has a greater leadership and influence capacity in your own life: the one who tears you down or the one who builds you up? It works the same for those you lead. Build them up, and your influence with them will grow.
3) Team loyalty grows - When the volunteers on your team are appreciated and praised, they become fiercely loyal. When people know that you care for them, love them, and appreciate them - they will go to great lengths for you!
So, take a moment today - praise someone! Send a note, send a text, make a call. Praise your team! Praise your kids! Praise God! They all deserve it!!!