Episode 040: Delegating and Focusing on Your Strengths With Tom Bump

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In this episode, I interview Children’s Pastor, Tom Bump, about what he’s learned throughout thirty years of ministry. We have a great conversation about delegation and conflict, diving into a specific conflict he had with his senior pastor and his journey through that.

Tom Bump

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Links Mentioned in This Episode

Halftime (book)- Bob P. Buford shares hist thoughts on how to leave legacy and finishing strong

Stay or Go – Jim Wideman’s resource that walks through the important question: Should I stay (in my current role) or should I go (to a new role)?

How to Delegate: The Ultimate Guide to Delegation (blog post) – An outline of what to delegate, to whom to delegate, and how to delegate, with resources to help you delegate better

CM Connect – An organization that connects children’s ministries from all around the world

Achieving Longevity

  1. Return to your calling
  2. Do what you do best and develop those skills
  3. Know who you are as a leader

Confirming Your Calling: Questions to Ask

  1. What am I doing?
  2. What is my gifting?
  3. Do I see God’s hand of blessing on my life?
  4. Are people growing and coming to Christ because of my life?
  5. Am I bringing other leaders along with me?

Replacing Yourself

  1. I do, you watch
  2. I do, you help
  3. You do, I help
  4. You do, I watch

Action Items

  1. Have the conversation
  2. Delegate – Check out How to Delegate: The Ultimate Guide to Delegation
  3. Seek out a good counselor

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Next Episode: Allyson Evans

In the next episode, I interview Next Gen Pastor, Allyson Evans, of Life.Church. Allyson and I dive into the specifics of leadership development and what it looks like to apprentice, train, and invest in the next generation of leaders.

Episode 039: Apps, Technology and Curriculum With Michael Covington

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In this episode, I talk with Michael Covington of Disciplr. We have a great conversation about the new things Disciplr is putting out this year, and he shares the revolutionary changes they are making in how you get curriculum, customize it, and share it with your team.

Michael Covington

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Email : michael@disciplr.com

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Links Mentioned in This Episode

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MailChimp – An email marketing platform that allows you to design and send mass, personalized emails to various segments of people

Slack – A tool for team communication that provides different channels of conversation for different topics

Trello – A project management resource for teams that integrates with Slack

Evernote – An online set of notebooks that allows you to keep track of all your ideas, checklists, and notes. It has team sharing capabilities as well.

3 Free Tools Your Team Should Know About – Check out Michael’s article for specifics on how teams can leverage Slack, Trello, and Evernote

3 curriculum organizations available on DisciplrTru | Gospel Light | Standard

Leveraging Technology

  1. Recognize that the majority of ministries and churches are behind the times
  2. Ask: How do we cut through the noise?
  3. Think about your audience and meet them where they are
  4. Train people in how they can leverage technology to carry out the great commission

Action Items

  1. Check out Disciplr and get your 2.0 discount
  2. Consider polling your church, or the parents in your ministry, and ask what their preferred methods of communication are
  3. Check out MailChimp, Slack, Trello, and Evernote to see if any or all of these tools would benefit your team structure

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Next Episode: Tom Bump

In the next episode, I interview Children’s Pastor, Tom Bump, about what he’s learned throughout thirty years of ministry. We have a great conversation about delegation and conflict, diving into a specific conflict he had with his senior pastor and his journey through that.

Episode 038: Melissa MacDonald on Discipling Kids

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In this episode, I talk with children’s ministry speaker, consultant, and writer, Melissa MacDonald.  She and I have a great conversation about helping kids find their place in God’s story. Melissa shares practical ways to disciple kids and teach them the Bible in a way they can understand it and apply it to their lives.

Melissa MacDonald

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Links Mentioned in This Episode

Missing (book) – Melissa shares how leaders can learn from millennials and not miss the next generation

Key Notes from Missing:

  1. “I didn’t feel like I belonged.” What does community look like?
  2. “It was a nice story but it didn’t matter to me.” How do we help them encounter a living story?
  3. Do not depend on curriculum to dictate your direction
  4. Ask: Who are we? How are we gifted? What has God called us to? What four truths do we want to communicate?
  5. Weave your mission and vision into the curriculum you choose

Where Do Churches Miss the Mark?

  1. Remaining stuck in tradition as culture changes
  2. Focusing on memorization and information instead of transformation
  3. Wasting time instead of making every minute matter

Tips for Teaching the Bible:

  1. Remember that you are not a history teacher
  2. Help God’s word come alive and point kids to how they can apply it
  3. Insert yourself into the story
  4. Communicate that their choices effect God’s story
  5. Kids love to see the weird in the story
  6. Address the unnerving so that they understand that no matter what, God wants to redeem your story
  7. Be as prepared as possible and as interruptible as possible

Action Items

  1. Check out Melissa’s book Missing
  2. Evaluate your teaching and the teaching of others on your team. Consider how much you are inserting yourself into the story and helping the kids apply it practically to their stories.
  3. Ask yourself: How much time do I spend on editing or re-writing curriculum?

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Next Episode: Michael Covington

In the next episode, I talk with Michael Covington of Disciplr. We have a great conversation about the new things Disciplr is putting out this year, and he shares the revolutionary changes they are making in how you get curriculum, customize it, and share it with your team.

Episode 037: Tom Pounder on Youth Ministry, Social Media, and Online Services

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In this episode, I interview Tom Pounder. Tom is involved in coaching and brining up new youth pastors at New Life Christian Church. He also has his own podcast and blog, YM Sidekick. His background in youth ministry has given him substantial experience with social media and online communication, leading him to become the Online Campus Pastor and head of social media at New Life.  Tom and I talk about social media, youth ministry, the unique facility Tom’s church has, and how they are able to leverage its multi-purpose features for youth ministry.

Tom Pounder

Connect with Tom on Facebook and Twitter

Email: tomp@newlife.church

YM Sidekick

New Life Christian Church

NLCC Facebook | NLCC Twitter | NLCC Instagram | NLCC Youtube

Links Mentioned in This Episode

The Hangout – Details on the ministry that NLCC hosts every Friday night

Family Devotional – Watch Tom’s devotional about Samson and other episodes he has posted

Check out the following resources to help you engage families on social media: Relevant Magazine | Christianity Today | Orange Blogs | Parent Cue | Go Weekly

Tom’s 3-N Strategy

  1. Engage
  2. Inspire
  3. Inform

Action Items

  1. Leverage the social media platform your church currently has the most traction with
  2. Check out the resources above that Tom uses to increase online engagement with families
  3. Consider doing a mid-week video devotional for families

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Next Episode: Melissa MacDonald

In the next episode, I talk with children’s ministry speaker, consultant, and writer, Melissa MacDonald. She and I have a great conversation about helping kids find their place in God’s story. Melissa shares practical ways to disciple kids and teach them the Bible in a way they can understand it and apply it to their lives.

Episode 036: The LCBC Team on Multi-Site Family Ministry

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In this episode, I talk with the team at LCBC Church in Manheim, Pennsylvania. We talk about what Children’s Ministry and Student Ministry look like at their various locations–from their largest campus of 6,000 to their smallest campus of a few hundred. The team walks through specific practices in their ministries and the roles they leverage to support them centrally.

The LCBC Team

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Jason Sheaffer: Director of kidMinistry at LCBC

Sonja Waltman: Executive Director of Ministries

Chad Herman: Central Director of Student Ministry

Children & Youth Ministry Staff/Volunteer Survey

The results are in! Thanks to everyone who participated in the Children & Youth Ministry Staff/Volunteer Survey. Click here for highlights, a list of the prize winners, and a link to take the survey if you would like to add your church’s data and receive the full results.

Notes From This Episode

Volunteer Onboarding Process

  1. Give potential volunteer a tour
  2. Potential volunteer chooses an area where they are interested in serving
  3. Set up a time for them to observe and apprentice under an expert volunteer
  4. Application process and background check
  5. Attend orientation
  6. New volunteer is placed

Action Items

  1. If you are part of a multi-site church, compare your church’s model to LCBC. Ask: What do you like more about what they do? What do you like more about what you do? Why do you do things this way?
  2. Talk with your team about how you can define roles in your ministry that will maximize content creation and relationship building
  3. Begin to create or refine your volunteer on boarding process for this year

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Next Episode: Tom Pounder

In the next episode, I talk with Tom Pounder. Tom is the Student Minister at New Life Christian Church, and also has his own podcast and blog, YM Sidekick. We talk about youth ministry, social media, the unique facility Tom’s church has, and how they are able to leverage it’s multi-purpose features for youth ministry.