CARE for your team

One of the things that I have people ask me all the time is how do you lead a large amount of volunteers. I am defiantly not an expert in this matter and I am learning daily on how to be better at this but I have created an easy to remember way to lead well.  You have to C.A.R.E. for your team.

  • Communicate –  Fill them in on whats happening. It’s a team effort. If your team is prepared than they are able to give their best.
  • Ask – Ask questions, get feedback and bring others along with you in your decision-making process.
  • Respect – The people on your team deserve to be treated with respect. What do you do to make them feel as part of the team? How do you honor their hard work?
  • Empower – Allow your team to use their strengths to their full potential. Don’t hold them back from allowing them to give God their all.

Lead Biblically


This past week I met with a group of leaders in our children’s ministry. We took some time to talk about our goals for 2013 and then I challenged them with how the Bible says to  serve within the church if you are a leader and I thought I would share.

The Bible says in Ephesians 4:12
As Leaders in the church we are to EQUIP God’s people to do His work and build up the church, the body of Christ.

How do we become successful at this?

Love God
How often do you read the His Word (the Bible)?

How often do you pray?

How often do you find yourself in a act of worship?
Lead Well
Did you plan well?

Who did you get involved in the process?

Did you build any relationships?

Let Others
Who has abilities to help?

What is keeping you from getting someone involved?

Have you asked around?

How can we EQUIP this year as leaders? 
Enable & Encourage the volunteers
Question: How can I serve you?
Utilize the resources & abilities
Invite others to serve
Personal: make it personal



About 15 years ago I had the chance to be a camp counselor for a group of boys at Berry College in Rome Georgia. The camp was called Camp WinShape and it was founded by a man named Truett Cathy. You may recognize that name as the man who created the chicken sandwich or got together a group of cows to tell you to EAT MOR CHIKEN. Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-Fil-A, is not only  a great business man but also a person that you respect and model your life after.

As a camp counselor I sat there and saw many kids come through some with families and sadly some without. Once a week Mr. Cathy would come to the camp, pick up a group of these foster children and take them back to his home where he provided them with shoes, clothes or toys and brought them back to camp feeling encouraged and loved.


Truett Cathy would speak each week at camp and one particular time he brought in these cards like you see above that said I AM THIRD. He began to tell the story of a college student that lived his live based on this one principle: “God is First, Others are Second and I am Third.” I left there being challenged to live my life putting God above all others and hanging on to the scripture from Matthew 22.

Matthew 22:36-38

36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 

I have heard these verses many times since then, but I remember them more clearly with these three simple words laid out in front of me, I AM THIRD.

I believe he has modeled this concept in his life as well as his business and God has blessed him for that. I blog about Mr. Cathy because he is a leader that I respect and honored to have learned from and over the course of a few weeks I want to highlight some lessons I have learned from other great leaders that may be of an encouragement to you as well.

My latest purge: CMleaders Conference


I had the chance to attend CMleaders Conference in Columbus, Ohio this past week. This was the very first of what should be many great conferences. I was very impressed with the set up, the execution and the content of this conference put on by INCM. Because of it being the first year it was a smaller conference which lead to great networking and great conversations with kidmin from all over the world. I wanted to take a second and share some of my notes from the conference. This is my way of purging some of the great things that have challenged me and I can’t get out of my head. I hope this is helpful to you as well.

  • We don’t want to live in a world without magic. We want to know that there is something behind the curtain. @philvischer
  • If you build a church you don’t always get disciples if you build disciples you always get the church. @brad242
  • Your call isn’t to do ministry – it’s to make disciples. @brad242
  • Sometimes we have to give up what we like to build what we love.@samluce
  • Kids don’t need to love me, they need to know someone loves them @samluce
  • God is interested in our obedience more than he is interested in our success. @samluce
  • The value of a volunteer in the United States is $27.79 per hour. – Sheila Robinson
  • The hardest work of recruiting… initiating contacts.- Sheila Robinson
  • Kidminnovators make more mistakes. Go for it! You will fail trying new things, or fail to try. – @Brian_D_Dollar
  • Don’t opt for duplication rather than innovation. @Brian_D_Dollar
  • If you are in Gods will, he will put you where you need to be.@mikefjohnson
  • We often ask for grace from those in authority over us, but do we have grace for them? @mikefjohnson
  • Identify your team’s strengths, develop those strengths, and then release then to thrive in those strengths. – @dmkjesbo
  • Lead like Jesus: he taught thousands, trained 70, challenged 12 and did life with 3. @stevenjadams
  • Pick someone and give them permission to ask about your prayer life, internet use, etc. @stevenjadams
  • The benefit of trusting far outweighs the pain of being taken advantage of. @stevenjadams
  • When love walks in the room, fear walks out the back door. –@mafeinberg
  • I never worry about how others treat me, I only worry about how I treat others – @CraigJohnson5
  • Pride will hurt you more than your enemy ever could –  @CraigJohnson5

Plan Ahead!

I have learned so much in kid’s ministry for over 14 years that I have been doing this. In that time frame I have helped start 3 churches but recently followed God’s leading for my family to Cleveland, Ohio area where I am Pastor of Children’s Ministries of a large multi-site church that has been in existence for over 60 years. Going from church start-ups to where I am now has been a HUGE learning curve, because it is a different style of leading. As I was praying one day for wisdom I remembered the key to being a successful leader was in a book that I read about a year prior. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell. I thought I would share this brilliant concept of PLAN AHEAD!

Pre-determine course of action.

Lay out goals.

Adjust Priorities.

Notify key personel.

Allow time for acceptance.

Head into action.

Expect problems.

Always point to the successes.

Daily review your plan.