Thinking Beyond Your Job Description As A Ministry Leader

Thinking Beyond Your Job Description As A Ministry Leader

This is the 5th & last post in a series of posts about critical leadership lessons I?ve learned as a Children?s Pastor. That's not my jobThese lessons are in no particular order, but you can see the previous four here:

Critical Children’s Ministry Lesson #5:

It is critical for you, as a leader, to think beyond your own job description.

It is very easy to get completely wrapped up in our own little world of children’s ministry. It’s a complex world. It’s a demanding world. It’s where we are comfortable and have the greatest sense of meaning.

But it is not the only thing happening in the church. And we are not the only leaders with a vision. In fact, our vision MUST be aligned with that of the senior leadership of the church (if it’s not, you need to get it aligned or find a new place to serve).

Here are a few thoughts that I’ve learned are important about thinking beyond your own job description:

Support your pastor.

Not just when it’s convenient. Not just when you agree with him. Not because you want a raise. Simply support your pastor. This means you carry their vision and verbalize it positively. It means you defend them (appropriately) and disable negative talk. It means you actively seek ways of encouraging and engaging with them. It does NOT mean you can’t seek clarification or greater understanding or more support, etc. – you just need to do this in private and with appropriate respect for their position.

Engage your co-workers.

Their are other people on staff who are just as passionate about their ministry as you are about yours! Never diminish what they do. Don’t seek to “out-do” or undermine them. Instead, view and approach them as partners. And keep doing that – even when they don’t reciprocate. 🙂

Network with peers.

There are few better ways to learn how to do what you do better than learning from others who are in the same trenches you are.?So broaden your network, both locally (yes, call the church down the street, even if it’s not the same affiliation as yours!) and nationally (yes, that might mean you need to create a?Twitter account,?or create connections via Facebook or some other way, like investing in a trip to a conference. Here’s what you gain through networking: education and encouragement. And don’t discount the fact that it goes both ways – you have a tremendous opportunity to educate and encourage others who might just need exactly what YOU have to offer.

Learn from mentors.

I have life mentors that go back to my days at my first church (Skyline, under John Maxwell). These include John (not personally any longer, but I’m the first in line when he publishes something), my former Executive Pastor?Dan Reiland, and my former mentor?Tim Elmore.?I have learned TONS about leading effectively in Children’s Ministry from my friends?Craig Jutila,?Chris Yount-Jones?&?Dale Hudson?(among others) who I consider peers, but also mentors. Don’t be afraid to say “I don’t know”,?or accept the fact that we all need to learn more. Identifying and learning from mentors is a great way to do this.

Thinking beyond your own job description should not be intimidating – in fact, it is empowering, enabling you to grow as a leader and, as a result, more effectively grow your ministry.

What have you learned about thinking beyond your job description?

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Greg Baird
Founder of Children's Ministry Leader at Children's Ministry Leader
My passion is seeing the lives of children transformed. I believe the best way to do that is to equip leaders in the local church to serve children, volunteers and parents to invest in the lives of children at church and in the home. That?s what we do here at Children?s Ministry Leader ? equip leaders to create healthy Children?s & Family Ministry.
I serve as the Vice President of Global Resources in the Global Mission department at David C. Cook.

I love what I do as it is the outflow of 25 years of ministry experience as Children?s, Family & Administrative Pastor, consultant, trainer, speaker and short-term missions leader.

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Stop begging trying to fill the needs in your ministry! IF people respond, it will likely be only short term. Obligatory service doesn’t inspire people to stick around.

Instead, understand the grand vision we are pursuing by investing in children’s lives for eternity!

Practice articulating that vision and start sharing it in every conversation. It’s a privilege and honor to be part of such important service, so INVITE people into that opportunity.

And, of course, never forget the foundation for building our team, found in Luke 10:2: “These were his [Jesus’] instructions to them: ‘The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.’”


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As the kids run to their waiting parents after church on Sunday morning, is that where the impact ends?

Or does the conversation continue at home throughout the week?

Hopefully the answer is the latter. If it’s not, it’s probably because we aren’t engaging and equipping parents to continue the conversation.

And that’s a problem.

Parents are the primary spiritual investors in a child’s life. Good or bad, this is almost always true.

As Children’s Ministry Leaders, our primary role ought to be to “equip God’s people” (Ephesians 4:12). In our case, I believe that means equip our team to invest in the children of our ministry, and to equip the parents of those children to continue the conversations at home.

If you aren’t engaging & equipping parents to continue the conversations that begin at church, then your ministry is incomplete.

If you are engaging and equipping parents, share an example in the comments of how you do that so the rest of us can learn from you.





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We always hear that children and youth are the church of tomorrow.

Yes, they are.

But they are also part of the church of today.

They are the group most receptive to the Gospel. They are the group most responsive to discipleship.

They also typically represent the largest group in the church, and the one with the most peripheral impact (volunteers, parents, etc).

They are the most vulnerable, physically, spiritually, emotionally and mentally.

Why on earth would we ever think we could “babysit” this group while “real ministry” happens with adults?

The truth is, many (most?) churches are not as healthy or strong as they could be because they lack a thriving focus on perhaps the very group that should receive the greatest focus.

You cannot have a healthy church without a healthy ministry to children and families.

Agree?






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