What Smart Leaders Know About the Holidays

What Smart Leaders Know About the Holidays

The holidays are upon us! Family calendars fill up fast. We check our list and check it twice. There are choir concerts, school parties, teacher gifts and more. Jingle here. Jingle there. Smart leaders like you understand that while it’s the most wonderful time of year, it can also be a tumultuous time in families lives. Shared custody challenges, loss of loved ones, absent military family, job loss, finances and so much more. Emotions run high during the holidays. Middle and High School kids... Read More
Turning Surprises Into Opportunities

Turning Surprises Into Opportunities

Do you remember the first time you asked someone if they liked you? Like in elementary school? Or maybe like me, middle school? More than likely it didn’t happen instantly. You thought about it. A lot. You played through all kinds of scenarios in your mind. Recently, my kids came across my old middle school yearbooks. They started asking all kinds of questions, mostly around haircuts and fashion but at some point it drifted to what one girl wrote in the back of my yearbook. It was an old... Read More
Empowering Your Volunteer Team

Empowering Your Volunteer Team

Ants. Everywhere. I looked around the classroom and could feel the sting of tears forming. It was going to be a hectic morning. I had known for weeks today would be challenging and had done everything in my power to set up my teams for success. It was a long holiday weekend, which meant many volunteers were at the beach or in the mountains with their families. (But we were covered; I had called in reinforcements in the form of staff spouses.) Our church building, which was often rented out by... Read More
Are You Dreading Sunday?

Are You Dreading Sunday?

Can I tell you a secret? I used to dread Sundays. Like, I really hated Sundays. It’s an odd place to be for a leader in children’s ministry. It’s like playing on the basketball team and loving the practice yet dreading game day. I loved what I did. The vision and impact of my work always fueled me. But Sundays felt more like Report Card Day. The day I found out just how well I did the previous six days. The day I received a grade on all my planning, communicating, and organizing for the week.... Read More
Take Your Goal-Setting to the Next Level

Take Your Goal-Setting to the Next Level

“These are goals, not initiatives. I asked you for six initiatives that would support our vision for the campus. These are just things you would like to see happen or programs you want to implement. Take these back and try again. If we really want to see results I need you to think steps.” I pressed my lips together, gritted my teeth and forced a smile. I also nodded and stormed out of my supervisor’s office. I had put a lot of time and effort into my semi-annual evaluation. I had probably... Read More