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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.