Five Habits Of “On-Time” Leaders!

Time is precious.  We only have so many years on this Earth, only 7 days a week, and only 24 hours in a day.  Sadly, too many leaders waste MUCH of the time they are given.  When you waste time it can have a negative impact on your leadership and your relationships.

I challenge you to adopt the five habits of the “On-Time” Leader!

1.  Arrive ON TIME!    If you are supposed to meet someone for lunch, be at a staff meeting, or attend an event – arrive ON TIME!  When you arrive late it sends a message to the person you are meeting that “I didn’t value your time enough to plan ahead so I would be on time.”

2.  Start ON TIME!
If you are leading a meeting or event – start on time.  If you say the meeting starts at 6, then start at 6 – not 6:04.  When you consistently start late, even if you are trying to be courteous to the late arrivals, you are training your people to arrive late.  You are also sending a value message to those who did make sure to arrive early that their time is not as important as those who arrived late.

3.  End ON TIME!
Nothing is worse than when an event or meeting is advertised to end at a certain time and the leader of the meeting becomes so engrossed in the sound of their own voice that they allow the meeting to creep past the end time that was announced.  The more your tendency to go over time in your meetings, the less likely you are to get people to return to your meetings.

4.  Redefine what ON TIME means!
All of my team (including those 5th graders on my Junior Leadership Team) can quote you my philosophy when it comes to on time.  I always tell them, “If you’re early – you’re ON TIME.  If you’re ON TIME – you’re late.  If you’re late – there’s NO EXCUSE!”  If you are a leader, you can’t be walking into a meeting or event right at the advertised start time.  You must be early to set the tone for the meeting and mingle with those who are attending.

5.  Expect the unexpected!
Allow extra time for unexpected details that might derail your plans.  This goes for when you are planning a meeting, planning how much time it will take to travel somewhere, etc.  If you build in time for the “unexpected”, then you will no doubt be ON TIME.

What Are Babies Thinking?

This TED talk was very intriguing for me.  Anyone who considers Children’s Ministry (particularly Nursery Ministry) as merely “babysitting” will be shocked to hear that babies take in and process so much more information than we ever could have imagined.  We are imparting the TRUTH of God’s Word into their minds and hearts.  We must be more and more determined to make God’s TRUTH come alive for the babies in our nursery!

Question:  Should we be more intentional about leading children on a learning JOURNEY by allowing them to discover God’s TRUTH rather than simply be TOLD?

An Incredible Resource To Help Kids Memorize The Bible

Let me introduce you to the hottest new resource in the Kidmin YOU-KNOW-VERSE!!!

JumpStart3 meets an immediate need in the Christian world by combining modern music with lyrics straight from the Bible!  Their goal is to create an exciting and innovative way for kids to memorize and hide God’s word in their hearts.

I met Jeff, the founder of JumpStart3, last year at CPC San Diego.  Jeff has been an accomplished music producer for the last 25 years and has earned many #1s, awards, and accolades.  His desire is to take all of his knowledge and gifts and get kids turned on to GOD’S WORD!

This is NOT your momma’s scripture memory songs.  Forget the idea you have of mediocre melodies, average vocals, and sub-par music production.  These songs are done in the style of Radio Disney and modern dance pop.  Your kids will BEG to listen to this!

Guess what?  You can get one of JumpStart 3’s music tracks for FREE!  All you have to do is visit their website and sign up for their “NEW Music Club.”  They will send you a free music track just for signing up.  They already have 4 Volumes of music released, with MUCH more to come!

Their songs are being used in churches, schools, and minivans around the world!  When we started, we intended to create songs that helped their own kids memorize Bible verses.  Once these songs got in the hands of the kids themselves, they began singing them as worship songs.  Even more exciting, they started sharing them with their unchurched friends!

Not only do they have incredible music, but they have now produced lyric videos, soundtracks, and more for you to use these songs directly in your Kids Ministry.  So, check out JumpStart3 today!  You will NOT be disappointed!!!

IMPORTANT INFO:  This week, you can get a major discount on their Ministry Resource Kits on my High Voltage Kids Ministry website!  They are regularly priced at $149.99 – you only pay $100 (limited time)!

Another One Of Our “Time Change Sunday” Parodies

So, did you like “On Time Style” and “Call Me, Wake Me!” – well, you ain’t seen nothing yet!  This is the final installment of our Time Change Sunday videos.  This one stars our Choir Director (who is 68 years old) rocking out to a parody of Michael Jackson’s “Black Or White”.  It’s Time Change Sunday this week – so make sure you “Change The Time!”  Enjoy!

Another “Time Change Sunday” Parody – “Call Me, Maybe!”

So many of you watched our other “Time Change Sunday” Parody Video (“On Time Style” and asked, “Do you have more?” Well, yes we do! Here is a great parody of the big hit, “Call Me, Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen. This one stars our Preschool Coordinator, who apparently broke her alarm clock and wants you to “Call Me, Wake Me!” so she isn’t late for church on Time Change Sunday! Enjoy!

The “Atomic” Easter Disaster

It was one of my very first events at my new church.  Sadly, I was focused more on impressing them with my amazing creative ideas rather than providing a safe and secure environment for the kids.

We have very little grass on our property for an egg hunt, so I got permission to use a vacant lot that was across the street from our church.  Now, I didn’t realize it would be a good idea to provide a crossing guard – or even a crossing area for the families to make it safely over to the lot.  So, it was like a real-life game of FROGGER.  Families were dodging cars left and right.  Several nearly got hit.

For the pre-schoolers – I really didn’t know what to do.  I had really only worked with Elementary children up to that point.  So, rather than getting input from some of our preschool moms or volunteers – I just winged it on my own.

I chose what I thought was a great spot for the preschool egg hunt.  It was a grassy little ravine down at the end of the property.  It has large rocks that I thought would make great hiding places for the kids.  I could just imagine their joy as they peeked behind the rocks to find the eggs.

When I said, “GO!”, the little tikes starting rolling down the hill, falling and scraping their knees on the rocks.  I had parents looking at me like I was an idiot – they didn’t know the half of it.  They hadn’t opened the eggs yet…

When the kids opened the eggs, they found the little prize I had put inside.  You see, I had gotten a GREAT deal at Sam’s Club on Atomic Fire Balls.  How was I supposed to know they were a choking hazard??  😦

When it was all over I had a bunch of bloody preschoolers with candy they couldn’t possibly eat.  My Preschool Director – who also happened to be my pastor’s wife – walked up to me holding a handful of Atomic Fireballs.  All I remember her saying was, “Really, Brian?  REALLY?”  She was not happy – and I didn’t blame her.

I had not taken the safety of the kids into consideration at all.  And, if you ever thought that safety and security doesn’t have a correlation to the spiritual – think about this.  If we had any first time guests that day – they sure didn’t come back for Easter the next day.  Which means we had multiple families who did not have an opportunity to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ.  All because I was more focused on impressing others rather than putting safety first – and utiliizing the talents of the rest of my team.

Here’s hoping your Easter outreaches are a huge success as you seek to make the Gospel come alive to the children and families of your community.  And, take my advice – avoid the Atomic Fireballs!