Aug 13, 2013

The 8 Biggest Skills Children's Ministry Leaders Need

If you want to be a successful Children's Ministry leader, here are 8 skills you need to develop.

Leadership
Successful Children's Ministry leaders do just that.  They lead.  Everything rises and falls on leadership.  They can lead not only children, but adults as well.  They are constantly improving as leaders by reading, listening to podcasts, watching other leaders, asking questions, and more. 

Collaboration
Successful Children's Ministry leaders are collaborators.  They don't plan, create, or make decisions alone.  They know the smartest person in the room is the room.  They know how to work with a team of people to produce the best ideas and solutions.

Team Building
Great Children's Ministry leaders are great team builders.  They know it's not what they can do, but it's what they can empower others to do.  They can enlist and equip volunteers to do the work of the ministry.  

Teachability 
They are very aware that they don't know it all and never will.  They have a humble, teachable spirit.  They ask for feedback.  They even learn from criticism.  They know their weaknesses and strive to grow in those areas.

Organization
They know how to organize.  And if it's not their strength, they either discipline themselves in this area or they gather people around them who can organize.  They and their team pay fantastic attention to details.  They go into meetings, programs, and events organized and prepared.

Communication
Great Children's Ministry leaders are good at communicating.  By communicating, I am not referring to speaking skills, but the ability to communicate information to staff, volunteers, and parents in a timely, proactive manner. 
 
People Skills 
They are good with people.  They know how to build solid relationships.  They know how to navigate a variety of social situations and are also good at resolving conflict.

Vision
Great Children's Ministry leaders are great vision casters.  They can rally people to a cause that is bigger than themselves.  They can share a vision that makes people's heart beat faster.

Okay.  It's your turn.  What other skills do you believe Children's Ministry leaders need?  Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.

5 comments:

That is one pretty conclusive list... Oh to be developing in all those area's faster!

Graeme, I have a long ways to go in all these areas. Not sure if you ever completely get there. The satisfaction is in the striving. May God bless you in your journey.

How about connection with God?

I agree. Being connected to God is key!

good leaders need to be good servants

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