YOUR WINNER: Here’s The Cover Of My New Book: “KIDMINNOVATION”

KIDMINNOVATION-BOOK-COVER

Thanks to the scores of people who took time to vote on the “Pick My Book Cover” contest earlier this week.  It was overwhelming – you chose #3 (pictured above).

This is a book that I believe will inspire many Kidmin Leaders to become more innovative in their approach to ministry.  It will enable many to rediscover the creative person that God created them to be!!  Keep your eyes and ears open for future information regarding release date and how YOU can get a copy!  Coming SOON!

 

 

Why I Destroyed My Kids Ministry Stage

SLAM Stage

This past Sunday, at the end of our Kids Ministry service, I had over 50 volunteers grab sledgehammers, jigsaws, and various other power tools – then DESTROYED my Kids Ministry stage.  We did this even though we had one of the coolest, most colorful, thrilling Kids Ministry stages out there.  In fact, when other Kids Pastors learned I was destroying it – they couldn’t believe it!  They said, “Why would you want to do this?  Kids Pastors come from all over the country to check out your stage.  It is overwhelmingly powerful in its presentation.  It’s something that most of US would KILL to have!  Why would you destroy it?”

You’ve heard the expression, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” Here’s the problem with that.  In ministry, oftentimes something has been broke long before we ever get the memo.  We can become so in love with our own creations that we are not willing to move on when the time is right.

We had built this stage over 10 years ago.  It has been and still was IMPRESSIVE to new parents and children who came to our church.  The problem is – the kids have gotten used to it.  It is no longer impressive to the 600 kids who attend my church on a given weekend.  There are many other practical reasons we are making the change – more than what I will have time to get into on this blog.  My point is, I had to be willing to give up what was GREAT for what is BEST.  Often, in ministry, we are slow to make these decisions.  We allow our own connectedness to something, the opinions of outsiders, and the fear of change to cheat us out of new opportunities.

Effective Kids Ministry Leaders QUESTION EVERYTHING! 

Effective Kids Ministry Leaders are constantly questioning the status quo.  They don’t settle for “what’s always been done.”  They never say, “That’s the way we’ve always done it.”  They are constantly questioning methods, practices, and strategies to ensure they are taking the best possible approach.

Be willing to question EVERYTHING in your ministry – even the things that you think are going wonderfully!  If you don’t have a habit of questioning the methods and strategies in your ministry, you may be so oblivious that something may be broke and you’re convinced it’s never been better.

ASK YOURSELF:  “What area in my ministry has it been a long time since I have questioned its effectiveness?”

(check out the time-lapse video of the demolition of our stage.  These incredible volunteers completed the job in only four hours.  WOW!)

There’s More Than One Way To Skin A Cat (Lessons from my marathon pt. 4)

When I set out to start training for my full marathon, I didn’t put a lot of thought into how I would train.  I simply jumped on runnersworld.com and downloaded the most commonly used training program.  It basically focused on running four times per week, slowly increasing total miles run each week.  It was a common method, so I assumed it would work best.

Well, it didn’t.  Each time I got to the 13-14 mile range in my training, I suffered from the I.T. Band injury I spoke about in my second blog post on this series.  I began to get very frustrated with this.  I talked to a friend of mine who had completed several marathons, and he suggested I look into Jeff Galloway‘s “run-walk-run” method.

This method is exactly what it sounds like.  You run for a minute, then walk for a minute, then run for a minute.  It seemed totally ludicrous to me.  I thought, “I will end up with a tremendously slow race time if I do that.  That’s dumb.”  One thing is for sure, what I was doing wasn’t working, so I tried it.

The amazing thing is, I actually had a FASTER time doing the run-walk-run method than when I just “gutted it up” and ran the whole thing.  In fact, during the “run” part of the run-walk-run, I was running at a pace that was 3 minutes per mile faster than my average time when I RAN the whole thing.  CRAZY!

LESSON #4 – “There’s More Than One Way To Skin A Cat!”

In other words, “be open to new ways of doing things.”  If only I would have taken the time to talk with my friend who had climbed this mountain before when I first began my training.  I might have saved the heartache of injury and being knocked out of my first marathon.  I might have achieved my goal a whole year prior to when I did.  Human nature is to assume that the most common way is the best way to do things.

Tried and true is never the only way to do anything and may not be the best way.  This includes in ministry.  With the technological and educational advances of the last decade, there are almost always better, faster, and easier ways to do things than there were even 6 months ago.  The problem is, often we get in our own way.  What we need to do is let go of our resistance to new, be willing to experiment with ways that may seem ludicrous to us at first.

What about you?  Are you resistant to ways of doing ministry that are different from what you are used to?  Do you find yourself scoffing at those who manage their time, organize their life, or train their team differently than you do?  What is an area in your life or ministry in which you need to “challenge the process” and try doing things differently for a while?  You never know – you may end up finding that it is more productive and efficient than what you are currently doing.

“If you do what you’ve always done, you will get what you’ve always gotten.”  – Mark Twain

Related Posts: 

Lessons From My Marathon – Pt. 1

Lessons From My Marathon – Pt. 2

Lessons From My Marathon – Pt. 3

Lesson From My Marathon Pt. 5

Becoming A “Kidminnovator”

I was privileged to be invited to speak at INCM‘s CM Leaders Conference this past September.  My topic was “Kidminnovation:  Unleashing Creativity in Kids Ministry.”  For those of you who were unable to attend or watch it on their LIVEstream, here it is:

After you watch the video, please share your thoughts in the comments section.  Thanks!