Grow As A Leader – And Save BIG Money

I don’t advertise much on this blog.  That’s obviously not what it’s about.  But, it is about growing as a leader – and no one has helped more Kidmin Leaders do exactly that than my great friend, Bro. Jim Wideman.

Well, now you have a chance to get over $1300 worth of Bro. Jim’s most effective leadership tools for only $97 – thanks to the amazing folks at www.only144.com.  This EPIC DEAL starts at Noon Eastern time, September 28 and ends 144 hours later.

This deal includes the following resources from Jim Wideman:

30 Children’s Ministry Leadership Coaching Sessions with Jim Wideman

These are Jim’s 30 best audio sessions for anyone who’s serious about being the best Children’s or Student Ministry Leader they can be. Save yourself 30 years of Children’s and Family Ministry experience by listening to these coaching sessions.

All teaching include outlines in PDF and word formats, and the audio files are have been created in such a way that you can easily put them on CD’s with the tracks already split up for easy CD duplication.

Sessions Include:

  • First Things First, Living by Priorities ($15)
  • Things You Can Do Now ($15)
  • Dealing with Criticism ($15)
  • Dreaming the Impossible ($15)
  • Leading Yourself ($15)
  • Thinking LIke a Leader ($15)
  • 8 Relationships That Matter ($15)
  • 10 Things I Do to Network ($15)
  • Enlarging The Abilities ($15)
  • Motivating Others with Thanks ($15)
  • People Skill Basics ($15)
  • Volunteers are Vital ($15)
  • Are Your Facilities Stunting Your Growth ($15)
  • How to Create a Worker Application ($15)
  • Serving is the Secret to Success ($15)
  • Staying in Tune ($15)
  • The Role of the Children’s Pastor ($15)
  • What Is Family Ministry ($15)
  • Difficult Conversations ($15)
  • Establishing and Maintaining Authority ($15)
  • Kidmin Ethics ($15)
  • Navigating Change ($15)
  • Secrets to Developing Creative Ideas ($15)
  • Structuring Your Ministry for Growth ($15)
  • Aligning The Children’s Ministry Departments ($15)
  • Keeping Life Simple ($15)
  • Knowing the Objective ($15)
  • Leading Multiple Ministries ($15)
  • Overcoming Obstacles ($15)
  • Saying Yes to No ($15)

6 of Jim Wideman’s Best Selling Books in Digital Format

You’ll receive 6 of Jim Wideman’s best-selling books in digital format. PDF, Epub, and Mobi formats are included. This deal includes rights for up to 20 copies of each book to be made, or files to be emailed to ministry leaders, volunteers, or friends.

  • Kidmin Leadership ($100)
  • STRETCH- Structuring Your Ministry for Growth ($100)
  • Beat the Clock ($100)
  • The Eric Trap ($100)
  • Connect with Your Kids ($100)
  • Turning Your Children’s Failures Into Success ($100)

1 Year Membership for The Club ($100)

“The Club” is Jim’s personal ministry coaching club. Every month you’ll receive new teachings, lesson outlines, access to posted back club lessons, and members only specials from jimwideman.com. This is a great resource that will keep you on the inside track.

Think 7 ($60)

Are you ready to think about your ministry organization, priorities and leadership in a new way? This 7 series set by Jim Wideman is essential to take you to your next level of thinking. Jim considers these 7 teachings his “life messages.” This is a must own collection if you are new to ministry or if you desire to get inside the head and heart of a proven and practical leader. Teachings included:

  • Recruiting Like Jesus Did
  • Duplicating Yourself In Others
  • Winning The Confidence Of Those You Lead
  • Let’s Get Organized
  • Habits That Get People Promoted
  • How To Be A Problem Solver
  • Serving Another Man’s Ministry

Outlines for each title are included in both Word documents and PDF format.

Evaluation Toolbox ($35)

Every person in leadership says they want to grow.
They want to grow personally as a leader. They also want their ministry to grow both spiritually and numerically. Why do some seem to grow easier than others? It’s simple. Those who grow have learned the value of evaluation. In this resource, children’s ministry expert and leadership coach, Jim Wideman gives you the tools he uses to evaluate ministries when he is hired to consult.

Includes:

  • Children’s Ministry Evaluation Quiz
  • 136 questions that will help you identify what you need to do to grow and improve your nursery, preschool, elementary, overall management and administration
  • Jim’s thoughts on evaluation
  • What you should evaluate regularly to grow
  • Audio teaching
  • An Exercise In Evaluation
  • Evaluation survey
  • For your staff and team
  • Weekly report form
  • How to stay in the know so you can continue to grow

All data files are provided in both Word documents and PDF format

Stay or Go? ($35)

There are three types of ministers:

  1. Those who know they are in the place God wants them to be.
  2. Those who aren’t sure if they are in the place God wants them to be.
  3. Those looking for the place God wants them to be.

If number two or three describe you then this practical and helpful resource, by children’s ministry veteran Jim Wideman, is just what you need.

Includes:

  • Audio teaching
  • Teaching outline
  • Stay or Go 40 question survey
  • 83 questions to ask before you are hired

All data files are provided in both Word documents and PDF format.

So, do yourself a favor – hop on over to ONLY144.COM and pick up these amazing leadership resources for only $97.  You can’t imagine how they will impact your ministry.

How Do You Handle Leaders Who Lack Energy?

Everything can be improved with increased energy.  Nobody wants to hear a song, listen to a lesson, or participate in a class where the leader looks bored, irritated, or wishes they were somewhere else.

If you are a full-time Kidmin Pastor/Leader you know that you have NO EXCUSE not to have energy on Sundays (or whenever ministry takes place for you).  However, some of our Kidmin Volunteers struggle with this.  They work 5 days a week, run like crazy for their families on Saturday, and on Sunday it is tough to have the energy they need to make a great experience for the kids.

If you ever need to encourage your team and help them understand the importance of having energy during ministry time, consider teaching them the following principles:

How To Increase Energy

1.  Realize what’s at stake

SOULS!  We want these kids to see us excited about God’s word, worship, and serving others.  The level of passion we have will determine the level of passion THEY have.

2.  Take responsibility for your own energy

Too many people wait to be pumped up by situations or persons.  Take responsibility for your own energy.  Don’t wait for the right speech from your leader or for someone to “push the right button” for you to get pumped up.

Ben Franklin said, “The quality of your life is your gift to yourself.”

If you wait for someone else to strike up your energy before you do anything, then life will pass you by.

3.  Act your way into feeling

Stephen Covey said, “Right decisions will eventually bring about right emotions.”

Don’t wait until you feel right to do right.  Do right and you will feel right.  “Fake it ‘till you make it!”

Socrates said, “Assume a virtue if you have it not!”  Fake joy is better than genuine depression any day!  A passionate person with limited talent will outperform a passive person who possesses greater talent.

4.  GET ON YOUR KNEES.

The absolute best way to be infused with energy is to spend time on your knees in prayer.  Don’t rely on your own energy, ask God for HIS energy.

“To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.” – Colossians 1:29

When you are accomplishing GOD’S PURPOSE with GOD’S POWER, then you possess true renewable energy.

Reach Out And Touch Someone

There is power in TOUCH.  We are born with the need to be touched.  Studies show that if we are not cuddled as babies or children, we do not develop as well.

One author says, “Touch is a sense with unique functions and qualities … Touch affects the whole organism.”  She says, “Touch is ten times stronger than verbal or emotional contact, and it affects nearly everything we do.  No other sense can affect you like touch.”

I’ve seen bumper stickers that ask, “Did you hug your tree today?”  I’d like to see a bumper sticker which reminds us to hug kids more than we would a tree.  Trees don’t respond the way people do.

Our sense of self is related to our sense of touch; with how we feel.  We stroke our forearms; we run our fingers through our hair to relieve stress.  And kids need more assurance that they are loved.

Now, obviously we must be wise in the way we go about this.  APPROPRIATE TOUCHING consists of:

  • touch on the shoulder when you talk to them
  • pat on the head
  • high fives
  • side hugs
  • fist bump

I challenge you to try to physically touch every child in your class or Children’s Ministry this coming week.  You will be surprised how well they respond.

Improving Your Serve

The great Chicago preacher, Dwight L. Moody, once said, “The measure of a man is not how many servants he has, but how many men he serves.” One of the most important traits of anyone in ministry is having a heart for serving others.

Ministry is all about serving others.  It’s never been about getting the glory, the kudos, or the spotlight.  Jesus himself was the ultimate servant.  He said, “The Son of Man did not come to the Earth to be served, but to serve.”

As we minister to children, we’ll be required to do things that are out of our comfort zone (getting on the floor and playing with blocks, acting like crazy characters, getting hit in the face with pies, and going to lock-ins, just to name a few).  We need a heart that says, “Whatever I have to do to reach these kids, I’ll do it!”

One of the guys who has served on my Kids Ministry team for the last 7 years is Victor Rodriguez.  He’s a third-degree black belt who works for the Police Department.  If there’s anyone who could easily impose himself on others, it’s Victor.  But he displays a tender, serving heart to the children in our church.  It’s not uncommon to walk into the room to find Victor sitting on the floor talking to a child or running around the room with two or three boys hanging on his back.  He loves to serve kids.

Victor also serves his leaders.  I’ve received many phone calls and emails from him, asking what he can do to serve me.  He wants to do what he can to make my job easier.  Jesus said, “Anyone who wants to be the first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else” (Mark 9:35).  Victor lives this commitment every day.

Serving comes down to this, “Others first, me last.”  Try focusing less on teaching the lesson you have prepared, and be aware enough to notice when your kids are going through a rough time.  Look for opportunities to serve your kids.  Look for opportunities to serve your leaders.

How To Be More Creative

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know how much I like to write about creativity.  It’s a passion of mine because I know so many people who sell themselves short when it comes to creativity.  Many have decided that “creativity is a gift reserved for the few.”  This is simply not true – not if you serve GOD!

Even the most creative minds are finite.  The term finite means “having bounds or limits; not infinite; measurable.”  But God is infinite.  He is “far above all,” not limited by any boundaries at all.  When we draw only on our own creative resources, it’s like drinking from a thimble instead of the Great Lakes.

God’s power, love, and plans are beyond anything we can imagine.  If we cultivate an attentive heart, we’ll tap into His limitless capacity.  We’ll never come close to the depths of His greatness, but we can take several steps closer!  In his beautiful prayer in his letter to the Ephesians, Paul prayed, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20).

What’s the biggest dream you can imagine about how God can use you in his kingdom? Seriously, take a moment and think about it.  Got it?  Guess what.  You just undercut God. Your greatest and grandest ideas don’t compare to God’s limitless plans and resources. God is not limited to working with our imagination.  He goes well beyond it—immeasurably beyond.

Far too often, we forget the power of God to inspire us.  We think His power is reserved for healings, conversions, and deliverances, but it also operates in our creative plans and dreams.  God wants to inspire us with so many “God ideas” that we’ll never be able to implement them all.  But first, we have to have open, receptive hearts.

Is your heart open to receive?  More importantly, are you asking?

(for more about Creativity and receiving “God-Ideas”, see Chapter 2 in my book, “I Blew It!”)