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
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
Effective Leaders Replace Themselves

Effective Leaders Replace Themselves

Last month there was a Sunday where two of our staff directors in children’s ministry were both gone on the same day. Now, if you lead in children’s ministry, you know that being away on a Sunday can be a challenge depending on how well your teams are staffed and prepared. That Sunday in particular could have presented a real challenge with both leaders being gone. You know what happened? Nothing. It went off without a hitch. Most people wouldn’t even know our staff directors were gone. Now,... Read More
Turning the Tide of Negative Team Energy

Turning the Tide of Negative Team Energy

“The first law of thermodynamics helps us know that energy is neither created nor destroyed. It is just transferred from one end to another.” This principle applies to the energy of spirit as much as it applies to the energy of electricity. Leaders are in a powerful position to affect the energy in any atmosphere. A leader’s energy is contagious and will be easily passed along to other teammates. Staying positive can be difficult to do when real leaders lead real lives that impact our daily... Read More
Four Choices Good Leaders Make

Four Choices Good Leaders Make

My friend, Hal Runkel, just wrote a book that I think is brilliant. The book is called Choose Your Own Adulthood and it is formatted like a choose-your-own adventure book. It is written for adolescents moving into the adult phase of their journey from letters he wrote his daughter along their journey. In the book, he talks about choices that we face that often look very similar, but by choosing one over the other we often get much different results. I think that is true for many things in... Read More