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Leadership Fluency: Mastering the Language of Leadership

How would you define leadership? What analogies or metaphors would you use to describe it? For many, leadership conjures pictures of business gurus, sports coaches, and war heroes. Leaders are often associated with words like guidance, influence, direction, and ownership. But have you ever correlated leadership with language? At its core, language is communication. It’s how ideas are conveyed through words and symbols and how people experience deeper levels of understanding and intimacy. Without language, we would lack clarity and connection with others.

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The Dos and Don’ts of Your First Year as a Children’s Minister

As a children’s minister, your first year in the position can be both exciting and overwhelming. You have the opportunity to impact the lives of young children and their families, but the responsibility of leading kids to Jesus can be weighty. You want to do it right because communicating God’s love to kids is life-changing

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5 Qualities that Make a Children’s Minister Great

A myriad of qualities are needed when it comes to running a children’s ministry, but these five are key. 1. Great Leaders are In Love with Jesus. It might seem obvious that someone leading children and their families should be in love with Jesus, but we can’t take this quality for granted. It can become easy to fill our time doing things for Jesus and miss out on being with Jesus. If we desire to lead well, we must lead from a place of love. We need to know how deeply Jesus loves us and reflect that love toward those we lead.

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5 Points to Ponder when Your Soul is Overwhelmed

Ministry can be challenging work. There is always a lot to manage.  Despite our best intentions, we can find ourselves tired, depleted, and overwhelmed. If you’re in this spot, we want this article to be an encouragement to you. When we don’t find the right rhythms, keep boundaries, or have people to go with us, ministry can knock us down or, unfortunately, take us out.

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What to Do When You’re New to Children’s Ministry

If you’re new to children’s ministry you might be wondering: What do I do first? You’ve either received training or been handed a ministry handbook and are now left to put on a ministry to kids, whether you have done it before or not.  And if you’re brand new, you might feel a little overwhelmed.

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Finding and Maintaining Life-Leadership Balance

There is something about ministry that can leave us feeling like there are fewer hours from one week to the next: events, midweeks, meetings, discipleship, programs, curriculum, and Sundays. And just when you think you’ve got a rhythm figured out, you find your week upended and wonder how you’re chasing the clock again. Time management in ministry can be tricky, to say the least. And setting boundaries can lead us to feel some discomfort, self-doubt, and worry about whether things will get done between Sundays (or done to your liking, but that’s a different article about different boundaries). It can also leave us uncertain about where to draw the line between working and serving, or if there is a line at all. That’s why we need to learn to set boundaries, maintain balance, use discernment, and create habits that last.

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Cycles of Growth: The Key to Stability in Ministry

Every leader wants two things for their ministry: growth and stability. They want the ministries they lead to increase their impact and remain stable amid adversity. Understanding what brings these goals about is both easy and elusive. It’s easy because we know that the stability of any ministry is founded on the solid rock of God’s unfailing word and is grown through the Spirit’s life-changing work. It’s also elusive because it doesn’t come by sitting idly and doing nothing.

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A Reminder to Rest for Leaders

You’re only a week away from Christmas Eve and Day services, with events in between.

And the last thing you need is to feel overwhelmed. But, let’s face it, you probably are.

You’re might be stress-eating cookies in the break room and downing your 4th cup of coffee of the day to stay on top of the events that will welcome old and new kids to church for maybe the first time ever or in a long time.
Christmas services feel like the stakes are high! And they are. This could be an opportunity for a kid to meet Jesus for the very first time.

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Redemption Through Pain: God Is Shaping Us

All of us have pain in our lives. As children’s ministry leaders, some of us avoid dealing with our own pain because there is so much other pain that we see that needs to be healed.
We might feel we don’t have the time or energy to deal with the pain.
Maybe we feel hopeless thinking that nothing can take away the pain that we experience from our childhoods, family members, or the world.

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