Enabled for Kidmin Mastery…Steve Adams [Kidmin Conference 2014]

“It’s not the mountain we conquer ourselves but ourselves.” – Sir Edmond Hillary

Session 4

You Have Been ENABLED

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)

Sensible Thinking + Purposeful Action = A Successful CLIMB


1. Have a Plan

Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty. Proverbs 21:5 (NLT)

• Know where your ministry is going

• Know where you are going

• Know the end goal

Set goals (1, 2 or at the most 3 goals – if you set to many they won’t get done)

Ask the right questions

What will it cost?

When you ask long-term questions, the short term solutions appear.

Don’t waste time thinking about negative support. Spend that time thinking about positive solutions.

What am I willing to give?

Is it worth it?

Why does my ministry exist?

What structures are neccessary for my ministry?

How is your ministry structured?

Mission, Vision, Values, Strategy

Vision is Mission Statement in action.

When your values are clear, your decisions are easy.

Strategy = Mission Mapping (Mission + Audience and develop Pathways)


2. Follow Wisdom, Not Feelings

Your feelings will deceive you but wisdom never will.

Those who trust their own insight are foolish, but anyone who walks in wisdom is safe. Proverbs 28:26 (NLT)

3. Do Not Try Doing Ministry Alone

Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NLT)

You need support

You need accountability

Success is never a one man job

Isolation is the first step towards the edge

Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment. Proverbs 18:1 (ESV)

If you move towards isolation, that should be a warning sign that you are nearing the cliff.

4. Manage Your Energy Well

The apostles returned to Jesus from their ministry tour and told him all they had done and taught. Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat. Mark 6:30-31 (NLT)

You are a battery with legs. You can only go so far before you need to be recharged. Energy management is a far better endeavor than time management. Put some focus on energy management.

You cannot do it all

Life and ministry is a series of choices

What must be done?

What are the things only I can do?

How far am I willing to go to make it happen?

5. Master Your Moods

Do not let your moods master you. Most of what gets done in the world is accomplished by people who do the right thing even when they don’t feel like it.

A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls.

Proverbs 25:28 (NLT)

6. Watch Your Words

Put your mind in gear before opening your mouth.

Be careful what you say and protect your life. A careless talker destroys himself. Proverbs 13:3 (TEV)

7. Restrain Your Reactions

How much can you take before you lose your cool?

If you are sensible, you will control your temper. When someone wrongs you, it is a great virtue to ignore it. Proverbs 19:11 (TEV)

8. Stick to Your Schedule

If you do not determine how you will spend your time, then others will decide for you.

Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15-16(NIV)

Either you reinvent or you become a relic.

Reinvention is a process, not an event.

If you don’t control your schedule, someone else will.

If you don’t stick to your schedule, other people will exect you to adjust to theirs.

Shepards take sheep where they need to go not where they want to go.

9. Manage Your Money

Learn to live on less than what you make and invest the difference. The value of a budget is that it tells your money where you want it to go rather than wondering where it went!

In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has. Proverbs 21:20 (NIV)

Don’t put yourself in a position where your money is controling you.

When you’ve done everything you can do, let God do the rest.

10. Maintain Your Health

This allows you to accomplish more and enjoy your achievements.

When you steward your health, it keeps you in the climb longer.

Learn to appreciate and give dignity to your body…. 1 Thessalonians 4:4 (MSG)

The disciplines you establish today will determine your success tomorrow.



Getting a Grip and Getting Out of the Ruts

Traction – Gaining momentum in your personal life and ministry


Steve’s definition of Traction.

“Traction is the ability to translate knowledge into action. The implementation of what we know to do in order to produce motion and results.”

Action requires traction, but the enemy brings distraction.

Common Distractions:

  • Procrastination
  • Excuses
  • Bad Attitude (leads to Bitterness)
  • Busyness

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. James 1:22 (NIV)

I know I am rotten through and through so far as my old sinful nature is concerned. No matter which way I turn, I can’t make myself do right. I want to, but I can’t. Romans 7:18 (NLT)

To Gain Traction and Make Progress in Your Life, You Need to Get a Grip.

So take a new grip with your tired hands and stand firm on your shaky legs.

Hebrews 12:12 (NLT)

G Gain Momentum by disrupting your patterns.

Do you think I came to smooth things over and make everything nice? Not so. I’ve come to disrupt and confront! Luke 12:51 (MES)

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is. Romans 12:2 (NLT)

RRely on God’s Strength, Not Your Own

The end of our own strength can be the turning point to discover the power and might of God.

For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need. Philippians 4:13 (NLT)

…For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10 (NLT)

When you rely on your own strength, you will mess it up.

The end of our own strength can be the starting poiint of understanding the power and strength of God.

I – Identify and Implement Small Action Steps You Can Take Today

The “right time” or “tomorrow” will never come. Make it happen today.

If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done.Ecclesiastes 11:4 (NLT)

P Persistantly Pursue Your Action Steps

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 (NIV)

About Steve Adams: Steve serves as the Global Children’s Pastor and Executive Pastor for Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. For 25 years, Steve has mentored children’s ministry leaders all over the world and currently leads a dynamic staff serving seven California campuses and three international campuses.



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