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12 Keys to Transforming Your Children's Ministry

  1. 1. 12 Keys to Transforming Your Children’s Ministry
  2. 2. Romans 12:1-2 (NIV) <ul><li>“ Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.” </li></ul>
  3. 3. Romans 12:1-2 (NLT) <ul><li>“ Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way your think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is.” </li></ul>
  4. 4. Key #1 <ul><li>Begin with Prayer </li></ul>
  5. 5. Charles Spurgeon <ul><li>“ Every real teacher’s power must come from on high. If you never enter your closet and shut the door, if you never plead at the mercy seat for your child, how can you expect that God will honor you in its conversion?” </li></ul>
  6. 6. Stanley Grenz <ul><li>“ Moral revival in a nation begins with the willingness of God’s people to seek the face of God in prayer. God is the author of renewal, but in this task God wills the cooperation of human instruments, especially in prayer.” </li></ul>
  7. 7. Dick Gruber <ul><li>“ This aspect of ministerial life is more important than learning to operate a puppet or give an altar call.” </li></ul>
  8. 8. Why spend time in prayer? <ul><li>The more time we spend with someone, the better acquainted we become </li></ul><ul><li>Extended time in prayer affords you ample opportunity for personal renewal and reflection </li></ul><ul><li>It will allow greater time of intercession for others </li></ul><ul><li>It offers deeper preparation for service </li></ul>
  9. 9. Stanley Grenz <ul><li>“ The greatest thing anyone can do for God and for man is to pray. It is not the only thing. It is the chief thing.” </li></ul>
  10. 10. A few important steps… <ul><li>Elicit people to pray regularly for you and your CM </li></ul><ul><li>Make prayer the cornerstone of every event, activity, & meeting </li></ul><ul><li>Pray for the ministry; for one another </li></ul>
  11. 11. Key #2 <ul><li>Write down your vision </li></ul>
  12. 12. Paul <ul><li>“ So then, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the vision from heaven.” – Acts 26:19 </li></ul>
  13. 13. Andy Stanley <ul><li>“ People who follow us are exactly where we have led them.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ When leaders are no longer willing to dream, it is only a matter of time before followers are unwilling to follow. So dream! Dream big. Dream often.” </li></ul>
  14. 14. Why write down a vision? <ul><li>S elling a vision is much easier when key lay people own it </li></ul><ul><li>P eople will buy into a specific vision </li></ul><ul><li>A vision is an embarkation point to future success. This is the start of something big. </li></ul><ul><li>W e must have clear goals if we are to lead others </li></ul><ul><li>N ew life in ministry is generated by vision </li></ul>
  15. 15. Key #3 <ul><li>Build relationships – put people first </li></ul>
  16. 16. General Norman Schwarzkopf <ul><li>“ I have seen competent leaders who stood in front of a platoon and all they saw was a platoon. But great leaders stand in front of a platoon and see it as 44 individuals, each of whom has aspirations, each of whom wants to live, each of whom wants to do good.” </li></ul>
  17. 17. Maxwell’s Law of Connection <ul><li>Leaders touch a heart before they ask for a hand </li></ul>
  18. 18. Key #4 <ul><li>Share your vision </li></ul>
  19. 19. Vision…a To-do List <ul><li>Share it </li></ul><ul><li>Simplify it </li></ul><ul><li>Say it </li></ul><ul><li>Show it </li></ul><ul><li>Sell it </li></ul><ul><li>Speak it </li></ul>
  20. 20. “IMPACT” Example <ul><li>I ntroduce children to the gospel </li></ul><ul><li>M inister to their needs </li></ul><ul><li>P ray for them, that they will </li></ul><ul><li>A ccept Christ as Savior </li></ul><ul><li>C onnect them with other Christians, and </li></ul><ul><li>T rain them for a life-long relationship with Jesus Christ </li></ul>
  21. 21. Key #5 <ul><li>Keep your head up </li></ul>
  22. 22. Henry Ford
  23. 23. Key #6 <ul><li>Start making lists </li></ul>
  24. 24. Things to List… <ul><li>Your goals </li></ul><ul><li>Things needing your attention </li></ul><ul><li>Your praise reports </li></ul><ul><li>Your prayer requests </li></ul><ul><li>Your needs Your dreams </li></ul><ul><li>…anything that’s important that you will want to come back and review again or act upon in the future </li></ul>
  25. 25. Key #7 <ul><li>Be clear on paper </li></ul>
  26. 26. Why communicate in writing? <ul><li>Record of communication </li></ul><ul><li>Replication of the communication </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple was of communicating are better than one </li></ul>
  27. 27. Key #8 <ul><li>Prioritize, Divide, & Conquer </li></ul>
  28. 28. Robert Louis Stevenson <ul><li>“ Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.” </li></ul>
  29. 29. Key #9 <ul><li>Be real </li></ul>
  30. 30. Be Real… <ul><li>with yourself </li></ul><ul><li>with your expectations </li></ul><ul><li>with your workload </li></ul><ul><li>with the time you spend </li></ul><ul><li>with others </li></ul>
  31. 31. Key #10 <ul><li>Build teams – equip & empower </li></ul>
  32. 32. Ephesians 4:11-12 <ul><li>“ It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” </li></ul>
  33. 33. 2 Realizations… <ul><li>You can’t do everything yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Others may do it better than you </li></ul>
  34. 34. Quick Tips for Building Teams <ul><li>Seek to remove all barriers to people serving in ministry </li></ul><ul><li>Allow people ownership of ministry </li></ul><ul><li>Allow people the opportunity to fail in order to succeed </li></ul>
  35. 35. Jim Wideman <ul><li>“ There is no success without a successor.” </li></ul>
  36. 36. Key #11 <ul><li>Be a good steward </li></ul>
  37. 37. Jerry Strandquist <ul><li>“ Leave it better than you found it.” </li></ul>
  38. 38. Max Dupree <ul><li>“ Succession is one of the key responsibilities of leadership.” </li></ul>
  39. 39. John Maxwell <ul><li>“ Success comes when a leader empowers followers to do great things with him. Significance comes when he develops leaders to do great things for him. But legacy is created when a person puts his organization into a position to do great things without him.” </li></ul>
  40. 40. Key #12 <ul><li>Commit for the long haul </li></ul>
  41. 41. What’s the Step? Next
  42. 42. <ul><li>What’s preventing you from taking the next step? </li></ul>