Sunday, February 6, 2011

Staff Leadership Development

Yes the setting for the Children's Pastor's Conference was gorgeous. Coronado Springs was beautiful. As I sat outside during a break the above picture was the view.
As I headed back inside- here are the three I passed. I will never cease to be amazed at the handiwork of Disney cast members. One of the sessions I attended was by Alan Nelson. It was on leadership development. You can go to his website and actually download the power point he shared with our class here!
Here are some of the things I took away and just reviewed tonight. It was a good review in light of the fact I am in the midst of praying through putting together some leadership teams for summer ministries.
  • Just because someone has a passion for ministry doesn't mean they can lead. Team them someone who can lead.
Wow- isn't this true. I think this is true of myself sometime. Some of the things I am passionate about I need help with someone who can help me get it accomplished. This makes me think of a conference session I listened to years ago from a Fellowship Church conference - Elevate. It talked of dreamers, developers and doers. Each team needs some of each.

He also spoke of Other People's Influence. He encouraged us to think about the following and reminded us we all need people with influence in our corner.
  • Power is a resource, tap it!
  • ID (identify) influencers.
  • Develop them! - Create a booster team! Empower them to cast a vision! Unleash them to run interference.
  • Get to know the gatekeepers.
Just think of those who influence others in your church. The people who motivate others and those who others follow. Find who they are and let them champion Children's Ministry. I love the thought of making them cheerleaders- I am thankful for these individuals in my own church who champion the area of ministries I am responsible for- what a blessing!

  1. Thou Shalt empower leadership.
  2. Thou Shalt ID others with influence gifts.
  3. Thou Shalt clearly define tasks and talents.
  4. Thou Shalt not micro-manage.
  5. Thou Shalt lead up (that thy ministry might be blessed).
  6. Thou Shalt do everything in teams.
  7. Thou Shalt not pursue trivia.
  8. Thou Shalt facilitate leadership training.
  9. Thou Shalt manage by wandering around.
  10. Thou Shalt not neglect thy soul.
Wow what great stuff!

I encourage you to check out conference websites, seminar speakers, etc. Often just because you can not attend the conference doesn't mean you can find session downloads, MP3s etc. Sometimes you can find these free or for a small fee. Personally I could be a conference junkie- I love conferences- the networking, the learning and the dreaming.
I also encourage you to network in your area with other Children's Ministers - you can share resources from conferences this way too! I am thankful for the Cleveland Children's Ministry Network - glad I can attend this month's lunch. If you don't have a network in your area- find an area that does or pray about beginning one in your area! I'm so thankful that Jonnie Shumate felt led to begin one in Cleveland. I'm also looking forward to attending the group in nearby Chattanooga when I can.
Have a blessed week as you look for those influencers, leaders and those with a passion at your place of ministry!


Sherri said...

Hi Tara! I am here in Cleveland also, I would like more information about Cleveland Children's Ministry Network I looked it up online but didn't see any information about how to join. My Dad pastors Fairview Worship Center and we have been trying to build our youth program and could use all the help we can get!

Thank you and God bless!
In Christ Alone,

Mrs. Tara said...

email me and I will give you info about the network here in Cleveland for Children's Ministers/ directors. There is also a group of youth ministers / directors that meet I can tell you if you are wanting to connect with those who work with teenagers.
Have an awesome day!