Abby Burchfield (my sister) has proven her passion for children and their families with both personal enthusiasm and a professional education. She’s always ready to explain what children really need, and how to develop them holistically by faith. In this episode of Loud Leadership, Abby spoke to a group of children’s leaders and volunteers at Discovery Camp. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience and I know that it will help you today.
Innovative Ideas For When Ministry Gives You Lemons
When ministry gives you lemons remember…
“You build a children’s ministry by loving one child at a time.”- Pastor Tommy Burchfield
“Jesus trusts us with His sons and daughters. That is the biggest honor and largest responsibility”- Pastor Rachel Burchfield
Behind every child is a family. You are not just in children’s ministry, but in family ministry.
You can only give what you have. Stay full privately and you’ll flow publicly.
There is no such thing as a “Jr. Jesus.”
Abby’s sugar stash to help sweeten things up…
-Children’s Ministry .com [Website Reference]
-The Action Bible [Comic Bible]
-Talk Starters by Group [iTunes App]
-Google Voice [Email, direct cell]
-“Too Small to Ignore” by Dr. Wess Stafford. [Book]
-Science Experiments: Steve Spangler [Object Lessons]
-Oops paint section [Home Depot// Lowes]
Innovative Ideas for that moment when…“There’s a kid in front of me, what do I do?!”
-Connect before communicating [Connect with eyes; Connect with topic]
-Add rhythms to reinforce [Rules, Instructions, Verses]
-Invisible Bubbles [Ageless trick of the trade]
-High Fives and Hugs [Even if they don’t like it, they need it]
-Explain what they can do, not just what they can’t. [Choices build confidence]
Driving is a true hobby of mine. I love the idea of going 70mph down the road and looking out to feel like nothing is moving at all. Doesn’t leadership feel the same way sometimes? You feel that the day to day to is going so fast and when you slow down you realize you haven’t gone that far at all.
This summer I had the honor of speaking to over 800 leaders stretched across 16 camps of our Discovery Camp program. Every leader is driving the vision. Your responsible for the passengers riding with you, and the engine of the vision you're leading. We took time to talk out the 6 areas I believe every leader needs to pay attention to in order to be a great driver.
Dashboard of Destiny
1. Battery Gauge – How much energy do you have before you start the next movement?
2. Speedometer – Schedule – The faster you go the more strain takes place on the engine causing a rougher rider for all involved.
3. Temperature Gauge – Team Culture- Teams are a tension that must be managed. Leaders have to keep the balance to ensure that teams don’t run too hot or cool off.
4. RPM Gauge- Recognizing what gear the engine is in helps keeping the journey from jolting all over the place. Leaders must have the “gears” or modes of life in a sequential shifting pattern to keep things smooth.
5. Fuel Gauge – Financial Resources – We don’t see “full” and “empty” true leaders see “FAITH” and “EXCELLENCE.”
6. Oil Gauge – Without oil the engine doesn’t run as it was designed to. Oil keeps the moving parts moving. When we see OIL in the old testament it was a symbolic expression of the anointing. Leaders must have the anointing in their lives as they lead to ensure things move the way they are suppose to.
Vision Vehicle Trunk: (Resources):