Ten Ways To Take Your Children's Ministry Leadership To The Next Level

1 ) Increase the time you spend with God. The more time you spend with God, the more confident and effective you will be as His power works in and through your life. In Acts 4:13, we have a great example of this in Peter and John.

"Now when the Jewish leaders saw the boldness of Peter and John and found out that they were uneducated and ordinary men, they were amazed and realized that they had been with Jesus."

The next level is waiting in your prayer closet. You'll become a better leader on your knees. 

2 ) Start asking more questions. Great leaders know how to ask the right questions instead of shoving down answers. Keep track of how many questions you ask vs. answers you give in meetings. Work on at least balancing the columns.

3 ) Read a leadership book.
Readers are leaders. If you've hit a "busy season" and stopped reading, pick a book back up. You have to read if you're going to get to the next level.

4 ) Ask a trusted friend or mentor to be brutally honest with you about weak areas they see in your leadership.
Receive it. Learn from it. Grow from it. Improve from it.

5 ) Give away the task you are hanging onto because of a control issue. Let someone else run with it. It's keeping you from focusing on the next level task that only you can do. You're going to have to let it go if you're going to get to the next level.

6 ) Ask friends to listen as you communicate in meetings and teaching situations. Ask them to take notes and offer suggestions on how you can improve your communication skills.

7 ) Intentionally spend more time putting others in the spotlight than you do trying to step into it.

8 ) Schedule a meeting or phone conversation with a leader that you look up to and ask them how they grow as a leader.

9 ) Spend more time investing in the people you lead than you do investigating the productivity of the people you lead.

10 ) Remind yourself that you haven't arrived...and never will.
Always stay in leadership school.

Posted by Dale Hudson