Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Book Review- Next Generation Leader

Andy Stanley does it again. The guy is a mastermind and this book does not disappoint. Andy clearly communicated what it takes to be a leader in the next generation. As a children's ministry director of less than three years, I found this book invaluable. I truly appreciated that he communicated in terms that I could understand and it made the book a very easy ready!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Book Review: Greater

Please let me start by saying that I love Steven Furtick. I think he is a tremendous pastor and God's hand is definitely on Elevation Church.  I found this book tough to get through. I thought the principles and the story was great, I just had difficulty setting time aside and finishing it.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Book Reivew: The Pleasures of God

Typically John Piper's books are a bit too deep for me and I have difficulty understanding them. In his book, "The Pleasures of God", he does a very eloquent job of explaining God's delight in being God.

The book has taken me a while to get through but wisdom that is gained through reading it is priceless.

All-Pro Dad

All-Pro Dad was a great book. It is a dad's desire to raise his child to grow up to be a God honoring man. But man the journey is tough.

In this book, Mark Merrill  teaches us multiple helpful hints as to how to make it through the most gratifying and difficult journey we will ever embark on.

One of parts that I will take away from this book and share with others is from legendary football coach Chuch Noll. "Champions are champions not because they do anything extraordinary, but because they do the ordinary things better than anyone else."

To me, if you take nothing from that book except that quote, then you will be just fine.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Book Review: Sifted

I just finished reading "Sifted" by Wayne Cordeiro with contributions from Francis Chan and Larry Osborne.  Allow me to start by saying that I am a HUGE Francis Chan fan, I really like Wayne Cordeiro, and Larry Osborne, I really knew nothing about.  This book is part of the Leadership Network and rightfully so.  It was extremely beneficial when I think of my role in ministry as a Children's Ministry Director. 

Mr. Cordeiro discusses how throughout our life, we will experience moments of sifting, times when we are pursuing personal growth, but will have to do it through trials, challenges, and disappointments.  

It was extremely encouraging to read that we are not alone in our trials and challenges.  Some of the most gifted leadership in ministry experience the same things. 

One portion of the book that really struck a cord in me was when Cordeiro was discussing what our motives were for a successful ministry and what we define as a successful ministry.  All too often, those definitions are based on worldly motivations.  

The book provided ample opportunities to reflect on why we are in ministry? what is our motivation and many other questions.  If you are in leadership in the church, this is a great book to read.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Book Review: Eric Trap: A leadership Fable

I was recently provided the opportunity to read a pre-release version of a book written by Jim Wideman, Sam Luce, and Kenny Conley called The Eric Trap.   It is a leadership fable about a Children's Ministry Director named Eric Trap.   Although his name is Eric Trap, there are many times throughout the book that it very well could say Mike Rubin.  

The book goes over five things that every leader has to get right in order to have a successful ministry.  Throughout the book, you follow Eric through a extremely difficult journey of a week in his life.  The eery and uncomfortable thing about reading this is that you realize that you are living out some of what he is.  You have the same battles and the same struggles both in your ministry and at home. 

While following Eric's journey, the authors have also included five articles about areas that leaders need to get right, such as delegation, authority, parental leadership, success, and priorities.  At the end of each article is perhaps the most valuable part of the entire book.  There are between five and six questions that you are to answer in a journal.  They are reflective questions that allow you to look deeper at how you are leading the ministry.  It does a great job of letting you see exactly where weaknesses are. 

This is an incredible book that not only speaks to Children's Ministry Directors, but many of the points here can be applied to a host of other positions in the church.  This is a MUST read for any ministry leader!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Changing up Check-in Part 3: Tracking

One area in which we were falling short was finding a way to keep track of which children had not been to church in several weeks.  The new check-in system provides us with attendance sheets.  We now plug the data from the sign-in sheet into an Excel spreadsheet so we can see which children have not be to church in a few weeks, and we can call them and see how they are doing.

Let me assure you that we are not numbers driven.  Our purpose behind this is to identify which families haven't been coming and to let them know we miss them.  The enemy wants them to continue to miss church and become disassociated. We,  however, plan to fight for the hearts of the parents and children and walk along side them in their faith journey.  Aside from God, if we do not fight for them, who will?

Do you guys keep attendance in any way?  How do you track if families have fallen off the map?  When do you call them and check-in?   I look forward to hearing your ideas.