Jan 17, 2012

10 Ways to Gain Credibility With Those You Lead and Serve

Credibility doesn't happen fast.  It is not given...it is earned.  And it's something you must gain if you're going to be effective in Children's Ministry for the long haul.  Here are 10 things you can do to bring credibility to your ministry.  Keep doing them consistently and you will earn credibility with parents, children, volunteers, and those you serve with.
  1. Keep your word.  Be known for honesty.  Follow through on your promises.
  2. Be consistently good.  You don't have to be great...just keep hitting singles with a home run thrown in once in a while.
  3. Always be learning.
  4. Admit it when you blow it and apologize.  People don't expect you to be perfect.  Acknowledging your mistakes doesn't make you less credible...it makes you more credible. 
  5. Act don't react.  Don't let your emotions control your response.
  6. Don't share confidential information that people have entrusted you with.
  7. Be on time for meetings and appointments.
  8. Be prepared for meetings and appointments.
  9. Give credit to others for the wins.
  10. Lead by example.  Make sure your walk matches your talk.
What other traits do you think are critical for gaining credibility?  Would enjoy seeing your thoughts in the comment section below.
 
Posted by Dale Hudson