Author: Kenny Conley

Seven Indispensable Staff Qualities: Developer

As a Children’s Ministry leader, it’s very easy to focus on the obvious and possibly miss something even more important. Let me explain. Most of us were called or recruited to work with kids because we love kids or have a special ability/connection with kids. So to focus our efforts into developing relationships with kids and investing in their spiritual growth is the obvious choice. However, I’d argue that it’s not the most important thing you can do with your time. The more time I can invest in other people who can invest in kids will bring a much...

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Seven Indispensable Staff Qualities: Servanthood

Over the years, I’ve gotten far better at hiring staff. The last 8-10 hires have been absolutely phenomenal people to work with. I’ve been tweaking the hiring process over the year and there’s one gauge that I pay attention to far more than any other. I’ll share this gauge that I created in a future post (honestly, its the best thing ever). Regardless, this gauge adequately helps me see what my relationship with this potential candidate will be like. No guesswork, it’s pretty telling. Here’s the thing. Staff can often fall into two categories. They see themselves as critical...

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Seven Indispensable Staff Qualities: Innovation

It’s frustrating when I walk into a church and see ministry being done exactly the same way it was being done when I was a kid. Sometimes I come across websites filled with resources for kidmin volunteers to do the same thing I was doing 15 years ago. I’m not putting down past methods, not at all. There was a day in time when “This Little Light of Mine,” “I am a CH” and “Awesome God” was on the playlist almost EVERY SINGLE WEEK! Those were the days and I never look back thinking, “What in the world was...

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Seven Indispensable Staff Qualities: Transcendence

Transcendence. I promise, I’m not just making these up. Yes, I had to look it up, but yes, it also describes one of the indispensable qualities I’m looking for in staff. For those of you who need a definition, here you go: to rise above or go beyond; overpass; exceed: to transcend the limits of thought; kindness transcends courtesy. to outdo or exceed in excellence, elevation, extent, degree, etc.; surpass; excel. Every position needs a job description. Every employee should have regularly set goals. Am I happy with staff who consistently fulfill the functions of their job description and...

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Seven Indispensable Staff Qualities: Director

I feel at a loss in trying to describe this quality. The majority serving in ministry roles have titles that probably include the word “director.” At Gateway, 80% of my staff had the director title. However, there’s one thing to have the title and another thing entirely to exhibit the ability to lead and direct with confidence and purpose. Dictionary.com’s first definition of director is: a person or thing that directs. Okay, not super helpful. However, when you look at the definition of “direct,” you’ll see what I’m getting at: to manage or guide by advice, helpful information, instruction,...

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Seven Indispensible Staff Qualities: Truth

If I asked the average leader what qualities they were looking for in staff, “truth” probably wouldn’t be at the top of the list. It might not even show up on the list. I don’t know that I would have even named it except for having someone who frequently spoke truth on my staff and now I can’t imagine having a staff without this quality present. When I say truth, I’m not saying someone who doesn’t lie… sorta. The quality of truth is when someone says what no one else wants to say. People prefer to be kind. They...

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Seven Indispensable Staff Qualities: Persistance

One character trait that really gets my attention is persistence. I’ve lived life long enough to know that things don’t always go your way and those who consistently push the matter are the ones who get what they hope to achieve. I could easily reference Thomas Edison’s failures leading up to the invention of the light bulb or Abraham Lincoln’s many failed attempts to gain office before become president – but you’ve already heard those examples. I’d rather tell you about Nathan, the last person I hired at Gateway. Nathan’s first week was my last week (I hate that...

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Best Staff Ever

Last week I left Texas for Arizona. The last thing I did before hitting the road was to have a final lunch with my staff at Gateway Church before heading west. It was a bitter-sweet moment as I was able to celebrate this incredible team one last time. I’ll miss them terribly, but I’m so proud of the team they’ve become and I know that great things are in store for them in the years to come! This team I left behind was a gift. I’ve been leading staff for many years and what happened at Gateway these past...

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A Different Kind of Leadership

Leadership comes in all shapes and sizes. Unfortunately, leadership is often abused. Power and influence can get to your head. People can be petty and easily carry offense. As a result, leadership can end up being a very dysfunctional experience for both the leader and the people being led. Nearly everyone operates at a certain level of leadership, whether you’re leading a group of kids, an organization or simply your own family. Even though there are endless shelves of books on leadership, being the right kind of leader can be so elusive. For this topic, I have a book...

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Staffing Outside the Box

“I NEED MORE STAFF!” We’ve all thought it. Most of us have said it. Maybe you’ve said, “I wish I had staff!” Regardless, this is a struggle for most in kidmin. Most of the time,┬áthere seems to be more work than hours to get it done. The reality is that you’ll never have the staff you want (or maybe need). I’m not sure I’ve met anyone who said, “I’m perfectly content with the staff I’ve been given.” So, if you’re going to get this done, you’re gonna have to think outside the box. Last month at Orange, I co-taught...

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