Children's Ministry Leadership: The You-Can-Do-It Guide
Children's Ministry Leadership: The You-Can-Do-It Guide
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The You-Can-Do-It Guide
By Jim Wideman

This guide is the perfect tool for encouraging motivated children's ministry leaders to grow their ministry with effective administration. And this isn't just theory--it's practical advice brought to you from someone with experience in children's ministries of all sizes.

You'll get great field-tested training from the children's ministry leadership expert. Learn leadership fundamentals, sharpen your administrative and organizational skills and create great time management methods for yourself and your children's ministry staff.

This essential tool offers ministry leaders:
  • Ways to sharpen their administrative and organizational skills specifically for children's ministry,
  • Effective facilitation and time management for yourself, your volunteers, and your staff, plus
  • Tried-and-true, practical advice from a children's ministry trainer and expert in the field.
  • Introduction
    1. Leadership From the Inside Out
    2. Seven Traits of Authentic Leadership
    3. Ten Leadership Fundamentals
    4. Thinking Like a Leader
    5. Your Role as Leader
    6. Managing Your Time
    7. Your Roles, Priorities, and Goals
    8. Maintaining Your Integrity
    9. Delegation
    10. Problem Solving
    11. Making Difficult Decisions
    12. Attracting Volunteers
    13. Staying Motivated
    14. How to Become a Next-Level Leader
    15. Lessons From a Forgiven Father
    16. Lessons I’ve Learned the Hard Way
    Jim Wideman is the children's pastor and director of Christian education at Church on the Move in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Wideman's children's ministry program, Kids on the Move, serves kids with more than 75 classes each week and more than 900 volunteers.
    You can be a leader—if you
    really want to be.
    Some people think leadership is for a chosen few.
    I couldn’t disagree more.
    The fact is that anyone can become a leader—if that person really wants to be a leader.
    Think about people you know and you’ll be able to name a few folks who seem to just naturally—or supernaturally—have an abundance of the stuff leadership requires. They’re organized. They’re focused. They’re able to gather people around a cause and get things done. You look at them and think, “Those people are born leaders.”
    And you’re half right. They have been born—but they weren’t born as leaders. The skills that make them leaders are skills they’ve learned along the way.
    We’re all born into this world naked and helpless. We can’t do the first thing for ourselves. There was a time you didn’t know how to do anything you can now do. There was a time you couldn’t dress yourself. You couldn’t feed yourself. You couldn’t read this book.
    Now you’ve mastered those skills and many, many more.
    You can master the skills it takes to be a leader, too. You can learn to be organized. To manage yourself and others. To be a model. They’re all learned behaviors.
    You see, leadership isn’t about titles or paychecks or what’s on your business card. You don’t have to be the head of a huge ministry to be a leader. If you’re influencing others, you’re a leader.
    But are you willing to do what it takes to be a good leader?
    I’m a guitar player and a pretty fair one. But there are lots of guitar players who put me to shame. They’re far better, and there’s a reason: They’ve practiced more...

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