60 seconds does not equal 6 months

Leadership, volunteer
This will be a short post but one that I am learning the value of more and more each time. Time for a confession. Often times I will have thoughts, ideas and plans percolating for months and become so excited to share these new directions or developments with my teams. Then I arrange the meeting and bring out the news! I watch the faces of those I have sprung this great stuff onto, wait for it...wait for it....Nothing? What is going on? Maybe I need to rephrase it, so reforming the delivery of the news and still nothing. I can feel myself getting a little upset. Why are they not as excited as myself? Do these people understand how great this is? How many problems we have just solved? Why…
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Listening helps identify potential

#kidmin, Kidology Coaching, Leadership, volunteer
I am always learning more about the power of listening when it comes to leadership and team development. Here are some things I listen for as I size up the teams potential. Listening well helps me to see how I may equip them, motivate them, and challenge them to go to another level for themselves. 1. Stress management. Their ability to withstand and overcome pressure, failure, deadlines, and obstacles. 2. Skill. Their ability to get a specific task done. 3. Thinking. Their ability to be creative, develop strategy, solve problems, and adapt. 4. Leadership. Their ability to gather followers and leaders to build a team. 5. Attitude. Their ability to stay positive and tenacious amidst negative circumstances. Pay attention to your volunteers, team members, and future team members to hear…
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Give the vision then get out of the way for implementation

Kidology Coaching, Leadership, volunteer
I have always enjoyed observing and studying great leaders. One consistent observation that I have used in my own leadership is recognizing how leaders get excited about faith-stretching, bigger-than-life, assignments. That’s the kind of vision they believe in and follow. Long “To Do” lists often get in the way of that kind of fun for leaders. Visions excite them, specific details on the "How to complete them" do not. Over the years I have learned that if you want to create a successful ministry, you must recruit solid leaders, hand them the big vision, then empower them to choose how they will accomplish that vision. They will still need your help along the way. They will need your continued assistance to develop structure, discipline, and follow through. However, that is totally different than handing leaders a set of tasks…
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Volunteering in America

#FutureOfCM, #kidmin, Kidology Coaching, Leadership, volunteer
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…
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Qualities of Great Leaders part 3

#kidmin, Leadership, ministry, volunteer
I am continuing the topic of things that I see are qualities of great leaders. If you have not read the previous two you can check them out here with part one and then here is part two. So here is part 3: They create opportunities for others. Great leaders create opportunities for people to learn, grow, or progress further. They treat people as an end in themselves, not merely as a means to an end, making sure that everyone has the ability to thrive both within and outside of the ministry. One of the new ideas we are working on materializing in our children's ministry here at SFLCKids to help people have new opportunities to learn, grow and progress further is a color band idea. Simply put, we have…
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