CMTeleSummit – The Art of Leading Up – Gina McClain

cmtelesummit Here is my next installment of notes from the CMTelesummit.

  • Statements
    • My effectiveness in ministry is just as dependant on connecting with parents as it is connecting with kids
    • I don’t have a weekly audience with parents, but my pastor does.
    • My pastor has level of authority and influence over parents.
  • Have tried everything to connect with parents
  • Why do I want their attention?
    • Vision to communicate to parents.

  • Who has greatest opportunity to communicate vision – Senior Pastor!
  • Three strategy to make Pastor greatest advocate for ministry
  • Can use his influence to leverage vision
  • Not manipulative tactics
    • Anything less than integrity and respect for role of pastor dishonors God
    • If have issues with pastor, need to resolve that with him
  • Strategies
    • Informing
    • Praying
    • Storytelling
  • Not original ideas, but three things to do to leverage influence
  • Three questions to ask?
    • What is it?
      • What is your vision for your ministry?
      • If no goal, there is nothing to keep you on track
    • Does it fit?
      • Before you can shape the vision for your ministry, you have to know the vision for your church
      • Critical that vision of your ministry aligns with vision of Senior Pastor
    • Does he know it?
      • Has he bought into it?
      • Does he know your heart?
  • Informing
    • Consistently keep Pastor informed of what parents need
      • Often see something he doesn’t see
    • If you keep him informed, he is better equipped to lead from his perspective
    • Important to refrain from dramatic terminology
      • Be a source of solid even-killed information about your ministry
  • Prayer
    • Critical that you personally pray for your pastor
    • Pray pastor would be filled with wisdom and discernment for the community we are serving
    • Want God to give him a vision
    • Believe God is sovereign and the vision he gives you will align with your senior pastor
  • Storyteller
    • Many times overlooked
    • In many churches, children’s ministry is highly valued
    • There will be seasons when your senior pastor doesn’t put a lot of thought into your ministry
    • No news is good news
    • Sometimes, you will get more attention than you want.
    • If he doesn’t have consistent positive input, you leave him to create his own impression based on what he has heard.
    • Needs to hear stories of life change coming from your ministry.
    • They become of bigger proponent for your ministry.
    • We tend to discount many of the stories that come out of our ministries
      • Much of what we see includes the “cute” factor that comes with kids
      • We aren’t leading a lot of Satan worshippers to Christ in kidmin
      • Life change stories are not as dramatic
      • Still have to tell them
      • Pastor need to hear them
      • Compile a list of stories that reflect great things happening in your ministry
    • Don’t embellish or exaggerate.  Just share the stories.
    • How to capture the stories is an ongoing challenge

Make sure you check out Gina’s blog at http://ginamcclain.com.

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