Author: Erin English

Two Types of Checklists: Do-Confirm

In my last post, I mentioned the two types of checklists: Read-Do Do-Confirm Following specific pause points (click here to understand what pause points are), one of the above checklists follows. Where the Read-Do checklist operates by following specific steps (usually in order), like a recipe or assembly instructions, a Do-Confirm checklist is the opposite. You simply perform a task, something that you already know how to do or where steps are fairly obvious, and the checklist is read at a specific point to ensure that every step was followed or to ensure that nothing was forgotten. The Do-Confirm...

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Two Types of Checklist: Read-Do

Yesterday, we introduced the concept of the pause point. A term borrowed from the airline industry, pause points determine when checklists are run. Related specifically to pause points, two different types of checklists exists. These checklists are either: Read-Do Checklist Do-Confirm Checklist So, when you’re creating a new checklist for your ministry you should follow these steps (see, even this blog post is a checklist): Define a pause point Determine if the list following the pause point is Read-Do or Read-Confirm   For the purpose of this post, I’d like to spend some time unpacking specific ministry moments (pause...

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Breaking Ministry Down

Some things never change. Fifty years ago, the job of kidmin was to lead kids to know Jesus. That is true of our job today and will be true of our job in another 50 years. Comparing other aspects of kidmin from today to yesteryear is very interesting (sometimes even funny). Just about everything has changed. EVERYTHING! The “job” of leading kids to know Jesus has grown in immeasurable ways in the last decade alone. Things such as: growing complexity of programming and events increased safety & security protocols expanding ministries and churches The “job” has become significantly more complex. Where someone...

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Partnering with Parents

Need more volunteers? Of course you do. This is kidmin, right? There will always be a need for amazing men and women who will invest in the next generation. The problem we face each and every week – where do we find more of these amazing men and women? There are a lot of tactics, but let me share one that we’ve had success with lately. Think about our most readily available audience. It’s the parents of the kids who attend our programs, right? This isn’t a new thought. Many ministries have considered this abundant resource and we’ve all...

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I Wish I Had Known: Erin English

I recently welcomed a new team leader to the Early Childhood Team. While this leader has served within the life of the church as a volunteer, this is her first position as paid staff. As I reflect on the early days of my own ministry, I realize just how little I knew about, well, anything. Thankfully, God doesn’t call just the equipped, but He is faithful to equip the called. There are a few things I know now that I wish I would have known then. Here are my top three: Keep your eyes on Jesus This sounds like a no-brainer, but it’s worth mentioning....

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Book Club: Strategic Volunteers

When I look back over all the books I’ve read as a vocational ministry leader, I think the one that has influenced me the most is the first one I read on volunteer leadership, or leading leaders. This book was Simply Strategic Volunteers: Empowering People for Ministry by Tony Morgan and Tim Stevens. Just a few chapters in, it helped me look at my role differently and do a 180 with my thinking. As a church staff children’s ministry leader, I first believed my primary role to be teaching and discipling children. What this book helped me realize was that loving...

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Goals & Ministry Evaluation (Part 2)

Ever struggle with goals (collectively, everyone raises their hands)? Have the staff you lead ever struggled with goals (collectively, everyone raises both of their hands)? We believe in goals and understand their importance, but why is it that they so often fall flat early in the process. Rarely do our ministries see significant improvement and growth but somehow seem to stay the same year after year. It’s possible that our approach to goals is similar to everyone’s approach to New Year Resolutions – and we all know how well those go. I truly believe that there is a better...

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Goals & Ministry Evaluation (Part 1)

As we move into the second part of the year our ministry team will begin our evaluation process. It is important to look back in order to look forward and create goals and objectives for the coming year. Our first step: The SWOT Evaluation meeting. SWOT is an acronym that stands for: Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities Threats It’s imperative that all of our key leaders are in the room for this crucial first step meeting in the evaluation process. This might not be just staff. In the past, I have invited invested volunteers. The goal is to take an honest and realistic look at the ministry...

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Favorite Things: Bare-Naked Classroom

My current favorite and one of the most “innovative” thing about our facility is our bare-naked classrooms for our PreK and Kindergarten students. In our Early Childhood Ministry, we’d always strived to make our classroom spaces exciting and inviting with kid friendly toys and home living spaces. They’ve since endured endless hours of creative play from our little ones. There was enough “stuff” in OUR classrooms that if we added not a drop of curriculum or bible centered activities kids would still have endless hours of fun just playing. But then two years ago, we took a mini vision...

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Conflict: Engaging in Difficult Conversations

Conflict is inevitable. If you have any sort of relationship, whether as a parent or peer, leader or volunteer, you’re bound to have conflict from time to time. Conflict seems to me to have such a negative connotation, but the more I’ve wrestled with conflict in general, and in relationship to other people, the more I wonder how it got to be like that. What I’m discovering is that it’s how we handle it that makes it either a negative experience, or a positive one. Unresolved conflict is unhealthy conflict that builds walls and creates division that ultimately breaks...

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