Author Archives: Greg Baird

5 Reasons Every Staff Member Should Appreciate the Lead Pastor

5 Reasons Every Staff Member Should Appreciate the Lead Pastor

Being a lead pastor is one of the most challenging positions anyone can have. It’s difficult, at best. Many (most) pastors work tirelessly with little recognition. As a leader in the church (whatever your “official” title is) you have an opportunity to express appreciation. I get it…you may have some significant challenges with your lead… Continue Reading

3 Keys to Leading Children’s Ministry as an IM-Perfect Leader

3 Keys to Leading Children’s Ministry as an IM-Perfect Leader

We talk about leadership all the time. That’s what Children’s Ministry Leader is all about – Equipping leaders to create healthy Children’s & Family Ministry. We often quote John Maxwell’s famous mantra: Everything rises and falls on leadership. And we believe it. Leadership is talked about on numerous pastor/ministry blogs & websites. Magazines we read are full… Continue Reading

How To Do Family Ministry Without Having A “Family Ministry”

How To Do Family Ministry Without Having A “Family Ministry”

Are you a “Children’s” Pastor or Director leading a “Children’s” Ministry, but with a heart for reaching families? Do you understand that parents are the primary spiritual influencers in their children’s lives, but are in a church which has (and wants to keep) a more traditional “Children’s Ministry”? I talk with leaders all the time… Continue Reading

The Truth About Leadership…And Children’s Ministry

The Truth About Leadership…And Children’s Ministry

  Recently I read a great book called The Truth About Leadership, a fairly new book by Kouzes & Posner (authors of the must-read leadership book The Leadership Challenge). The book is a result of their 30 years of research on leadership and addressed 10 fundamentals characteristic of ALL leadership, regardless of culture, generation, position, etc. Continue Reading

7 Misperceptions About Children’s Ministry Leaders

7 Misperceptions About Children’s Ministry Leaders

Being a Children’s Pastor/Director is so much fun! It’s also one of the more misunderstood roles in the church. People often have no clue what we really do. Or that it’s hard! I’m sure you’ve experienced, if  you’ve been leading in Children’s Ministry longer than a month or two. Please share your stories in the comments below. 7… Continue Reading

4 Keys To Leading Young Leaders in Children’s Ministry

4 Keys To Leading Young Leaders in Children’s Ministry

Children’s Ministry is a tremendous place for leaders to “grow up”. Whether it’s designing a program for youth to enter into serving or adults who have never really led before, Children’s Ministry offers multiple opportunities to grow leaders. Here are 4 keys which I’ve found important to leading this group effectively: 4 Keys To Leading… Continue Reading

How To Have An AVERAGE Children’s Ministry

How To Have An AVERAGE Children’s Ministry

I’ve had the privilege of working with lots of churches to help them create healthy children’s ministry. Sometimes, at the beginning of the coaching/consulting/assessment process, I will ask them: “Do you want to have an average children’s ministry?”  I’ve gotten a “yes” only once, and that was in jest because she felt like her ministry was… Continue Reading

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