10 Leadership Lessons from 10 Children's Ministry Leaders

Last week, I shared about our annual children's ministry staff retreat.  On the second day of the retreat, I asked our children's ministry directors to share a leadership lesson that they've recently grasped as they are doing ministry.  They shared some great insight and I wanted to make it available to you.

Josh Danielson
Josh oversees the children's ministry at our Boynton Beach campus.  This is one of our fastest growing campuses and it meets in an active mall.  You can read more about Josh's campus at this link. He is a team builder, creative thinker, puppeteer extraordinaire and dynamic children's speaker.
  • Jesus laid down His life for His friends.
  • It's not about being a hero...it's about laying down your life for others...it's about serving others and making a difference in people's lives. 
Hannah French
Hannah oversees the children's ministry at our Royal Palm Campus.  This is our second largest campus and Hannah and her team minister to thousands of kids and parents each month.  She is a brilliant thinker, strategic leader and excellent creator/writer of children's lessons.
  • We must lead with compassion. 
  • Jesus was the best example of this.  He showed compassion for everyone He led. 
  • People must know that you care about them and want to understand them. 
Rebecca Vardian
Rebecca leads the children's ministry at our Stuart Campus.  This is another fast growing campus and Rebecca and her team minister to hundreds of kids each week.  They recently moved into a brand new facility.  You can read more about it here.  She is one of the best team builders I know.  She knows how to enlist volunteers, equip them and empower them to do ministry.  She is also a strong prayer warrior and leads with a servant's heart.
  • Psalm 92:13-14.
  • We need to have a large amount of love, wisdom and God's Spirit. 
  • When you do this, you will flourish and continue to bear fruit.
Charlotte Allison
Charlotte is our Associate Core Director of children's ministry which means she helps look after the children's ministry at all of our campuses.  She is a organizational genius and helps set up all of our new campuses.  She loves investing in people and has an incredible heart for equipping and empowering leaders.
  • Feeling like a failure can be worse than failing. 
  • Failure is an opportunity to have fear or faith.
  • Hard endings can be new beginnings.
  • If you give up, you can't get up.
  • Proverbs 29:25, Isaiah 41:10, Psalm 27:1, Romans 8:20, Ephesians 2:10, Psalm 34:4, 2 Timothy 1
Shelby Colman
Shelby oversees the children's ministry at our Okeechobee Campus.  She is amazing at caring for volunteers and is a true servant leader.  Her entire family serves each week and they make a huge impact.  She is a difference-maker.
  • Focus on one child at a time.  Jesus went after the one. 
  • Don't despise the small things. 
  • The little thing you do for someone may be huge for them. 
Tracy Robinson
Tracy leads the children's ministry at our newest campus in Port St. Lucie.  Her campus is our fastest growing and she is already ministering to hundreds of kids and volunteers each week.  She is a stellar, dynamic leader.
  • We must spend time alone with Jesus...listening to Him.  There is no podcast that can replace this.  The best podcast is being in the Word with Jesus. 
  • Focus on the great commandment, the great commission and great prayer.
  • Let prayer do the hard work.
Noemy Munoz
Noemy oversees the children's ministry at our CFE Campus.  She is an amazing team builder.  Her campus is always full of happy, committed leaders and it comes from her care for them.
  • Leading is about serving and giving.  Leaders are servants.
  • Matthew 28:20.
  • Jesus gathered regular people around Him and developed them. 
  • Are you looking for people to serve you or are you looking to serve people?
  • Servant leaders maintain a low profile and give the glory to God. 
  • Treat your volunteers like family.
Arturo Parham
Arturo leads our City Place campus.  He is a proven, strong leader and has a genuine love for kids and families.  He recently got married and he and his wife enjoy serving in children's ministry together.

  • Control your attitude. 
  • When you look up it makes looking ahead easier.
  • Seek God first (Matthew 6:33)
  • Don't worry.  Relax...God's got it.
Seth Ray
Seth oversees our Gardens campus, which is our largest campus.  He and his team minister to thousands of kids and families.  He is a visionary leader, strategic thinker and is passionate about developing people and empowering them to do ministry.
  • A clear vision is a necessity. 
  • Vision leaks. It must be reinforced.
  • People must see and know that what they do matters.
  • Tap someone on the shoulder and have them run with you. 
  • Remind people what they are running toward.
  • When people get the vision they will help other people get it as well. 
  • I shared about being an idea gatherer vs. an idea generator. 
  • Good leaders generate ideas.  Great leaders go around and gather the best ideas from others. 
It's such a joy to do life and ministry with these leaders.  I learn from them each week and I'm a better leader because of them.  I pray God will surround you with people who can help you grow as a Christ-follower and leader as well. 

Your turn.  The floor is yours.  Share with everyone in the comment section below about a leadership or ministry thought you've been meditating on lately.