Over five years ago I signed up for Infuse. It was something new. Not a lot of people were doing coaching at the time. I didn’t really know what to expect. I remember contacting my friend Kenny and talking with him about it. We both decided to do it. It would turn out to be and answer to prayer that I prayed 10 years earlier asking God to send someone across my path that could help me avoid stupid mistakes in ministry. Through it God used helped to clarify my life mission.
If you are asking what is Infuse? Great question. Infuse is a 6 month coaching program like no other. You get to personally connect with Jim Wideman who has led Children’s and Youth Ministry for more than 30 years. Infuse is part discipleship part conference part facebook. If you are in kids and youth ministry I would strongly urge you to consider Infuse. It’s all the best parts of a conference for 6 months rather than 3 days.
Over the next few days I am going to talk about the three things that I have learned from Infuse.
1. Ask good questions
2. Staff level volunteers
3. Practice Thankfulness
Everyone is a leader. The first and most important person we each lead is ourselves. Those who lead themselves well often end up leading others. To lead others well you must learn how to identify and bolster the strengths of those you lead. In the Effective Executive, Drucker address the concept of leading others well by recognizing and developing the strengths they posses.
When leading people in your organization in such a way that you develop their strengths Drucker prescribes four basic rules.
1. Create a job that can be done. Far to many organizations and churches create a job that only a genius can fill and only a savant can accomplish. We want the perfect person sometimes to our own fault.
Drucker says He knows that the test of organization is not genius. It is its capacity to make common people achieve uncommon performance.
Drucker, Peter F. (2009-10-06). The Effective Executive (Harperbusiness Essentials) (p. 80). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.
2. The job needs to be demanding and big. This does not contradict point one but is a further clarification of it. If you want uncommon people to do uncommon things to use and develop their strengths that will only happen through intentional clarity. You don’t grow someones strengths by being vague and grandiose but by creating a position that forces them to grow and learn in the confines of organizational and positional clarity.
My friends over at Hillsong are about to release the newest installment of their curriculum. They do a phenomenal job, excellent content we use their stuff every summer. Be on the lookout it’s hitting digital shelves in August.
Here’s what we know so far –
- It’s a 9 week curriculum
- It includes elementary/primary and preschool/toddlers (first time)
- It’s all about Faith, Hope and Love
- It will be physical (DVD) and digital (download)
- Large group/small group (same format as previous curric.)
- Over 7 hours of media content! (this kinda blew my mind when we added it up!)
- New website
Here’s what may be announced (wink, wink) –
- Maybe there will be new worship music from Hillsong Kids?
- Possible there will be a song to celebrate birthdays in your ministry?
- I have heard that there may even be animated characters?
But seriously I am very happy with this new series and know that you will love it!
One of the amazing things about the internet is it allows you to meet people you would never meet anywhere else. One of those people I am grateful to have met a couple of ash Wednesdays ago was Jared Kennedy. I love Jared’s passion for the gospel and the application of the gospel for families. Every time I have a conversation with Jared I always learn something and come away with a greater passion for Christ. During one of those conversations he told me of an idea they were working on that is now a reality.
One of the blessings of working in the same church for 17 years is I can see where I made a difference in my church and were I have fallen short. I have many times operated in an environment where the lack of organizational clarity lead me down a path that wasn’t helpful. I have also contributed to the lack of organizational clarity for others. For years I had a very narrow understanding of what my job was. I felt that it was to create fun places for kids and teens to learn. That is a part of my job a very small part.