How to Work With Difficult People

How to Work With Difficult People

There are a lot of things about being a leader that I love. I love getting to experience people’s stories. I love coming alongside of people and helping them grow. If I’m real honest, I love being able to walk through the “Authorized Personnel Only” door. I even love the long days and late nights. However, being a leader isn’t all potlucks, door access, and being in charge. There are a lot of things I hate. For example, I hate paperwork, I hate paperwork, and did... Read More
God Is like a Balloon

God Is like a Balloon

Maybe God is like a balloon. There are two ways to think about thinking. Maybe that sounds too philosophical to be practical, but it may be the most critical idea when it comes to how a kid relates to God. It’s also just one more thing that separates humans from the rest of creation. Animals don’t have the same created ability to… Self-reflect Tell a personal narrative Carry on an inner-monologue What’s fascinating is that there are two basic views people hold about intelligence. Some people... Read More
Five Ways You Can Lead Student Volunteers Better

Five Ways You Can Lead Student Volunteers Better

When you work in kids ministry, you know volunteers are a big part of your success. Your volunteer teams on any given weekend can singlehandedly make or break the ministry experience for families. And it never fails: At the most inopportune times, it seems like everyone calls in sick and you’re in a tough spot. It’s time to start further building your team! Time to get some students on board. Now a lot of you are probably internally groaning at this suggestion. I get it. Teenagers have the... Read More
How You Can Learn to Delegate Today

How You Can Learn to Delegate Today

Raise your hand if you wish you had someone to help you check a few items off of your massive, ever-growing To Do list. Now, raise your hand if you’ve ever uttered something like, “I’ll just do it myself. It’s _____.” Fill in the blank with a word like easier, faster, or better. Ummmm, anyone else see a problem here? There’s a big disconnect between what we say we want, and what we actually do. When the rubber meets the road, we are more willing to sit in the overwhelm rather than taking... Read More
The Value of Debriefing Your Team

The Value of Debriefing Your Team

Anything worth doing, is worth reviewing, so we can see how to do it better. From worship services, to events, to camps and retreats, we have a responsibility to continue to improve and give God and our families the best experience possible. One of the ways to continually improve is to celebrate the wins and evaluate and plan for things that need improvement. Debrief meetings—designed to celebrate the contributions of your team, evaluate the furtherance of vision, and examine the logistics—are... Read More