By Larry Shallenberger
God put YOU in a position of leadership in children's ministry for a purpose. This practical guide helps you discover your personal leadership style so you can maximize your strengths. As you and your ministry team take the reproducible self-assessment test included, you'll discover how to make your team more productive... more effective... and more fun! Feel more comfortable and confident in your leadership role, and make a lasting difference with your colleagues, volunteers, and parents.
Perfect Leaders Need Not Apply. If you occasionally wonder what God was thinking when he put you in a children's ministry leadership role, welcome home. You're among friends. This guide is for you—and your team.
Get ready for some fun as you explore...
- How God wired you to lead (hint: it may not be how you think)
- Why "Perfect Leaders" don't really exist (or get invited to parties)
You'll find simple steps that let you build a successful, effective team that lasts:
- Take the Leadership Style Assessment Survey included.
- Take the quick self-assessment test and you'll discover how God made you to lead.
- Read the guide.
- Then ask your ministry teammates to take the test. (Gift them with each with their own copy!)
- Share your results and together you'll gain insights that will turbo-charge your ability to work--and lead--together!
This is a downloadable file (PDF). Size: 193 pages, 2 MB Permission to print one copy.
Please note that downloadable products are non-returnable: all sales for these items are final.
Introduction There's No Such Thing as a Perfect Leader (and That Includes You)
It's time to lay the myth of the "Super Leader" to rest. Here's how—and why. The Dramatic Leadership Assessment Test Discover your leadership strengths with this powerful tool! The Director Learn how to show your team the Promised Land! The Production Assistant Here's how to make maps that will guide your ministry. The Stage Manager Find out how to bring order even in the midst of chaos. The Drama Coach Teach your team the skills needed to move ahead. The Theater Manager Here's how to create a healthy environment for your ministry. The Stagehand Lead by serving—and make an eternal impact! Leadership Style Summaries Use these handy handouts to share what you've learned with your team.
My Leadership Profile Worksheet
Break the mold! Build a personalized self-profile of your leadership style. Assembling Your Cast Use these two team-building exercises to help your teammates discover their own leadership styles, and find ways to blend their skills together in a winning combination!
Larry is an associate pastor in Erie, PA.
Larry spent several years working in the field of children's mental health before becoming a pastor.
Larry has contributed to over twenty books related to the spiritual development of children and adults, including the Gold Medallion winning "Hands-On Bible." Larry is a frequent contributor to Children's Ministry Magazine. His pastoral work currently has him engaged in family ministry and adult education.
He holds two black belts, loves jazz, and his currently writing a novel about spiritual abuse.