Today I will be live blogging from the Orange One-Day in Atlanta, GA. Orange is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to influence those who influence the next generation. Orange provides resources and training for churches and organizations that create environments for parents, kids and teenagers.
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The day’s next breakout session was conducted by Frank Bealer. Frank is Orange’s Executive Director of Leadership Development. He has a wonderful new book out entitled The Myth of Balance: Thriving in the Tension of Ministry, Work, and Life. Make sure you pick up a copy by clicking HERE. The following are 26 Leadership Quotes on being a consistent leader for children:
- Our student ministry at Elevation Church was all built around small groups.
- If we’re going to give every kid a consistent leader, it takes a consistent strategy and structure.
- Structure – How you arrange or manage various parts so they can support something important.
- Your programming can cause students to not keep people from coming back to your ministry. But your programming doesn’t keep them.
- You can spend so much time focusing on programming you are not reinforcing structure.
- Kids, students and adults are attending church less frequently.
- If group leaders don’t show up consistently we’re in trouble. Because students are guaranteed to be inconsistent.
- The quality of your relationships is linked to the quality of your structure.
- 3 Habits to get consistent leaders – 1. Organize to be Organic
- Oftentimes we put our best leaders on the stage because we want our large group times to be important. What would happen if we put our best leaders in small groups?
- At Elevation, we took our best small group leaders and made them coaches of the small group leaders.
- Age changes the rules. The younger the kids the more you need structure. At some point it becomes what’s best about for the kids.
- Everyone needs a good seat.
- How many volunteers do you need to keep a good ratio between volunteers and kids.
- When you try to give great leaders too many kids, somebody is going to get squeezed out.
- Habit 2 – Think Steps Not Programs
- Sometimes you have to stop doing something that works if you want something more important to work better.
- When kids have a chance to have a shared experience with leaders, something happens.
- When you think steps, not programs, the platform is more effective.
- When you think steps, not programs, events solidify small groups.
- When you think steps, not programs, volunteers reinforce small groups.
- When you think steps, not programs, resources support small groups.
- Habit #3 – Move To The Rhythm
- The more people in a kids life who are moving to the same rhythm, the greater the impact.
- The calendar, your community and your ministry has a rhythm.
- I tell small group leaders, “I love you more” because I need them the most.
Next is our final session of the day with Stuart Hall.