CM TeleSummit – 10 Attributes of a Children’s Leader – Justyn Smith

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

  • Top Ten
  • In no particular order
  • Self-Starter
    • Can’t expect someone to hold your hand
    • Doesn’t happen all the time
    • May get overlooked – not part of the adult worship experience
    • Can’t wait for pat on back of affirmation
    • Need to know the vision and make it happen
    • Have to do whatever you can do make it happen
    • Dream a little bit – find a place where you can dream a little bit
    • Don’t rely on other people to make it happen
  • Align your vision with that of the Senior Pastor
    • Have one vision for your church
    • Multiple visions are divisive
    • Don’t have your own separate vision

  • Love kids
    • Genuine love for children
    • Easy to get caught up in what you’re doing and forget
    • Sometimes it’s hard
  • Relate to parents
    • Be a part of the conversation when it comes to parents and parenting
    • Got to find a balance between relating to kids and relating to parents
    • Meet with parents
    • Feel some of their pain
    • Want parents to be encouraged
  • Think generationally
    • Not just about kids’ ministry
    • If not saved before middle school, only 20% chance they will get saved
    • One of the most important ministries of the church
    • However, don’t limit thought to kids’ ministry
    • Want to make youth pastor’s job easiest job in the world by having kids who come through children’s ministry be instant leaders and passionate about Christ
    • Multiple ages teaching kids – old and young
    • Teenagers can be some of the best teachers in kids’ ministry
  • Have Spiritual Passion
    • Need to be in God’s Word, praying, fasting
    • Need to feed yourself spiritually
    • Attend services
  • Think as a team
    • Show people you are part of the team
    • Easy to think just about yourself
    • Work as a team rather than competing against one another
    • Root your teammates on
    • A win is a win for the entire team
  • Be teachable
    • Network with other kidmin
    • Learn from your lead pastor
    • Learn from teachers
    • I don’t know everything
  • Communicate
    • Parents want to know what’s going on
    • Equip parents
    • Communicate with team and other staff members
  • Remember your Lead Pastor
    • Honor your pastor
    • Direct people towards the church and not your own thing
    • Pray for your pastor
    • You’re serving your Lead Pastor’s vision

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