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Top 20 Improvements I’ve Made Due to Kidology Coaching

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Every weekend our churches are filled with those who have the responsibility of ministering to our children, connecting with and resourcing the parents, equipping those who are also responsible to help reach children and the list of responsibilities just goes on and on.

You may call these wonderful gifts to your churches: Children’s pastors, Children’s directors, Kidmin ministers etc.. With the responsibility that these people carry out many churches have figured out that it is wisdom to make sure they are equipped, developed, trained and ready, to carry out all that they are expected to do with excellence. These expectations and responsibilities have evolved beyond what our colleges are preparing leaders for.

It is this group of children’s pastors that I have had the privilege of being part of for 22+ years. For the last 3-4 years I have also had the privilege of formally coaching those in this group.

Here is a top 20 list that Andy Partington, one of these great children’s pastors have put together as he reflected over his last year of coaching with me before he went into our graduate coaching program.

1) I am seen as a pastor and parental help to the families in my
congregation more and a facilitator of children’s programming less.
2) I have put in place a volunteer training schedule that doesn’t burn
out volunteers while still maintaining growth.
3) I use my time intentionally.
4) I integrate Gospel presentations into each ministry setting.
5) My goals are clearly defined and communicated.
6) I know how to appreciate and affirm my team: My team clearly
knows that they are a special part of our ministry.
7) My meetings are awesome: Each meeting has a purpose and flow.
If it didn’t we wouldn’t have it.
8) I know what the acronym S.M.A.R.T stands for and I now live by it.
9) I know that I can manage tasks instead of time.
10) I know how to present good news and bad news to my fellow
staff members.
11) I now have a ministry team instead of a committee.
12) I now work with leaders instead of workers.
13) I know how to have fun with my staff and with the kids that I
minister too.
14) My “bag of tricks” is open to other people in ministry. What I’ve
learned just could help someone else and I’m glad to share.
15) I delegate. I wasn’t designed to do 100% of tasks. There is 20%
out there with my name on it.
16) My ministry is geared to do that one thing that we were meant to do.
17) I know how to help people find their “one thing”.
18) Multiplication isn’t just for grade school math classes. It’s a regular
process in my ministry.
19) I listen to parents.
20) I know how to learn from anyone I come into contact with.

If you would like to enjoy more growth personally and with your ministry I want to invite you to join coaching or a new avenue that many will find useful as well online training for your team. It’s not just your future that depends on it.

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Unlock a new level of your childrens ministry

Padlock Potential

In the book The Attention Revolution—Unlocking the Power of the Focused Mind, author B. Alan Wallace explores the potential of a mind practiced in sustained focus. He writes,

“… geniuses of all kinds excel in their capacity for sustained voluntary attention. Just think of the greatest musicians, mathematicians, scientists, and philosophers throughout history–all of them, it seems, have had an extraordinary capacity to focus their attention with a high degree of clarity for long periods of time. A mind settled in such a state of alert equipoise is a fertile ground for the emergence of all kinds of original associations and insights. Might “genius” be a potential we all share–each of us with our own unique capacity for creativity, requiring only the power of sustained attention to unlock it? A focused mind can help bring the creative spark to the surface of consciousness. The mind constantly caught up in one distraction after another, on the other hand, may be forever removed from its creative potential.”

Shut your office door. Turn your email off. Let your phone go to voice mail. Now, commit to yourself that you will focus completely on one children’s ministry project for a set time, like 1 hour. Notice what happens in that hour? Do you work more rapidly? More creatively? With more satisfaction?

Keep this up by killing multitasking. Instead work on one project, then the other. Watch and see the new levels you will unlock in your children’s ministry.

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Volunteering in America

I can not tell you how many times I hear people say that their church members are not volunteering. Lets take a look at this graphic from Volunteering In America and see what it shows us.

So are you one who is having volunteer struggles? Here are a few questions for you that hopefully you have answers for, and if not I hope you will take the time to get the answers so you can change your volunteer status.

1. How are you connecting your volunteers to the bigger picture?
2. Do they know the true mission that is before them? Is the vision bigger than what you can handle and accomplish with just your current team?
3. Who and what are the most successful churches, businesses and organizations in your area that are doing the best in recruiting and keeping volunteers? Become a student of them, learn from them, see what you can take and apply from them.

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Technology changing Leadership and Involvement

I had the privilege of being able to contribute to opinions on the topic of “The future of children’s ministry”. In this article of mine I attempted to share briefly my thoughts on a change in leadership styles where one (Top down) is on the way out and the other (Decentralize) is on the way in. Since I wrote this I have come across a couple other resources who have written about this thought in ways and I think they have done a great job of saying it better than me or they have added more to some of those brief thoughts of mine posted in the article.

Here is one that is written by where Kenny does a good job of picking up one of the differences from Groups Top 20 Leading the way (I would be interested in learning what criteria they used to come up with this one) and the Top 20 to watch (again this would be interesting what the criteria was to make this list as well). Congrats though for anyone who made either list, I am sure you deserve to be on the list somewhere. Here is what Kenny writes that in part is what I was trying to say through my article:

“…I think that the biggest difference between the two groups is that the first list is mostly filled with ministry pioneers that spoke at conferences, wrote books and articles that impacted thousands (and still do). For some of them, the closest you’re going to get to them is hanging out after a conference (although you’d be surprised how many of them would take time to grab a coffee or lunch with you if you simply asked). However, almost everyone on the second list is immediately available through their blog, twitter and their cell phone. I think that “availability” through technology is what makes these groups so different.”

It is through maybe technology as one possible avenue that will help those who are more use to being the one that people just read their books, attended the conferences and the such that will position the old leadership style to making the change to a newer model of leadership developing.

What are your thoughts?

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