Archive for • Leadership Qualities

• Add Some Bells & Whistles

  Add Some Bells and Whistles Sometimes, the only thing that separates one children’s ministry from another is Bells and Whistles. Some time ago, I was conducting a week long-evening series of children’s meetings for a church in Northern California. During day I had some free time, so the church arranged luncheons and something to […]

Posted by: kidhelper on Monday, September 24th, 2012

• Your Decision to Leave

Your Decision to Leave! So you have decided to leave your position as Children’s Leader at your church. Perhaps “going for the door” was not an “easy” decision to make. On the other hand, it might have just been the “obvious” decision to make. God has been speaking to you and you have agreed, “it […]

Posted by: kidhelper on Monday, September 10th, 2012

• What is Scaffolding?

What is Scaffolding? Scaffolding is a term that is used in the educational field for a reading paradigm. Teachers use this term to cover how to teach reading to the children. “A set of training wheels on a bicycle is a classic example of scaffolding. It is adjustable and temporary, providing the young rider with […]

Posted by: kidhelper on Monday, August 20th, 2012

• Plate-Spinning Management

Plate-Spinning Management The fine art of “plate spinning” is a sort of a juggling act where you keep as many plates (real or plastic) spinning as you can on top of sticks or poles. If a plate stops spinning, it will fall and break, so you have to visit each plate as it slows, to […]

Posted by: kidhelper on Monday, July 16th, 2012

• Move the Rock!

Move the Rock There is an amazing phenomenon that only occurs in Death Valley. On Racetrack Playa, one can find sliding rocks on the riverbed. There seems to be no apparent explanation  how these heavy rocks move along the dry parched ground. These rocks leave a rutted trail like they were pushed or pulled along […]

Posted by: kidhelper on Sunday, July 1st, 2012

• A Light in the Fog

Light in a Fog Fog has a way of engulfing the visible rendering it invisible. Normally, a Lighthouse is useful at night when visibility is diminished. Then you add fog in the night and you have a hazardous condition for navigating any coastal waters. Lighthouses have been strategically constructed all along rugged coastlines to provide […]

Posted by: kidhelper on Monday, May 14th, 2012

• Learning Leadership On the Job

Learning Leadership On the Job Very few churches hire a Kidmin that is fully trained in Leadership. They expect you to grow in your leadership, while you are in the position. However, they expect you to have some training in place, so they do not have to fully training you in Leadership. So another way […]

Posted by: kidhelper on Sunday, February 5th, 2012

• Leadership: Recalculating

Leadership: Recalibrating (Take a Good Hard Look and Adjust) Every leader must learn to evaluate themselves and their ministry. This process can be both introspective and challenging. If you are part of a ministry that values an annual Performance Review, then you are familiar with being evaluating by another. However, there is nothing more invigorating […]

Posted by: kidhelper on Monday, January 2nd, 2012

• Confessions of a Stuck Leader

Leadership: Confessions of A “Stuck” Leader After forty, plus, years in the ministry experience, I must confess I have been “stuck” many times. “Stuck” for me, is a kind of muddy quagmire experience that I can “wallow in” that basically renders me immobile to forward progress. It comes when I am over committed to big […]

Posted by: kidhelper on Saturday, December 10th, 2011

• Program Rehab: One by One

All Children’s Ministry leaders want their programs to grow by design. We want healthy groups and growing people in them. However attempting to remodel ministries we did not start is, admittedly, very challenging. You want to stop the exodus of families caused by keep-out signs and a rather large back door. Reversing this reputation or […]

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Posted by: kidhelper on Monday, November 7th, 2011