No, this isn’t reverse psychology. Last week I announced that the March Madness for Kidmin Blogs had started. Last year I took 3rd place. Let me tell you, it took a lot of work to just get 3rd place. I was shaking a lot of hands and kissing a lot of babies.
As this year came around, I started thinking about what may strategy would be this year. How would I attempt to win? I know enough people and have enough influence to pull off a victory, right? Worse case scenario, I could walk door to door in my neighborhood to canvas for votes. Hmmmm, not how I want to spend my time. So, last week I decided on my 2011 strategy, my strategy not to win. That’s right, my strategy is not to win.
This competition is a lot of fun. More than 60 Kids Pastors duking it out until there is only one left. In the end, everyone wins. A lot of great exposure goes to the bloggers involved. However, let’s call it what it is. It’s a competition based on how many votes you can go out there and get. It’s not about how long you’ve been in kidmin, how many people read your blog or how well connected you are (although thatÂ obviouslyÂ helps). It literally comes down to how many people you can get to click on the box by your name. Trust me, I asked everyone I knew on Facebook to vote for me last year. I even made it aÂ requirementÂ for our volunteers at Gateway (Application, Background Check, Interview, References and voting for me in March). Okay, kidding about that. So, this contest is about influence. Period.
However, this contest is “every man (or woman) for himself (herself).” Everyone is exercising the influence they have to get votes. However, I want to propose that there is something even better than influence. Unity. When people come together around a cause and leverage their influence to see it happen… well… that’s just magnificient.
So, last week I began leveraging the influence that I had to send votes to my friend Jared Massey, author of the blog: Small Town Kidmin. He’s an amazing guy. I have incredible respect for those who lead kidmin as a bi-vocational pastor or even as a volunteer. A little over a year ago, Jarred sought me out for some advice, questions and as a result, he even launched a blog where he has begun encouraging others volunteer and bi-vocational kids pastors. He’s on aÂ missionÂ and he knows that he has a message to share. I love his heart and I can’t think of anyone who is more deserving to win this contest.
We all enjoy aÂ CinderellaÂ story, someone who comes from the back of the pack and wins it all. Let’s see it happen with Small Town Kidmin. I want nothing more than to see Jarred Massey walking the halls of his church with iPad in hand, proud of what happened here. Going into a contest like this, most people could reasonably guess who is likely to win. I propose an upset. It will be a Kidmin March Madness we won’t soon forget. So, I’m asking you do do three things.
- Click here to vote for Small Town Kidmin in the Southwest Regional bracket.
- Leverage your influence. Shoot a quick email to friends, family and even volunteers to vote for Jarred.Â Remember, it’s leverage and influence.
- Tweet, facebook, blog and utilize every bit of social media real estate you own to get Jarred to the top.
Are you in? Can I count on you? Dont vote for me, vote for Small Town Kidmin here!
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You are a true friend! Thanks for encouraging others to vote for me.
I’d like to ask another favor. As you are voting, please encourage anyone you know who works in a smaller church to visit the blog. That would be an even greater win for me (though I’m not suggesting I wouldn’t love to win the Ipad).
Great thoughts Kenny. I really like what you had to say about influence/ popularity vs. unity.
Thanks Jeff. Actually, as I started thinking about unity in kidmin last week, my mind has been buzzing with ideas… some of them crazy big ideas. We’ll see what happens… but until then, we can all vote for Jared!
Thanks for the thoughts, Kenny. In large part I agree with you and posted a similar post last week. Not to vote for anyone in particular, but to participate in a worthy cause. You can see it here: http://kidmin360.com/2011/03/18/i-dare/
Loved this idea from the first time you emailed it to me.
I was stoked to see Jared get through round 1!
Getting him to round 2 will be bittersweet because it means we’ll both be eliminated… but, it’s totally worth it.
My first kidmin position was at my home church of about 50 people… I think I was making somewhere around $50 a month – it was a pretty sweet gig.
At the time, I would have LOVED to have a resource like Jared’s blog… actually, I would have LOVED to have the internet (the kids at my church refuse to believe that I lived in a world that was pre-internet… but, that’s another story).
Thanks, Jared, for all you do for the Kingdom.
And Kenny, as always, thanks for thinking about leveraging influence. You’re a humble rockstar and I appreciate the heck out of you.
Cool hearing your story too. When I first got started, I was 18 and the church had 30 people in it. Only 7-8 kids total. So I get the small church kidmin deal… I did my time too. Always good to hear people’s stories. I appreciate Jared’s contribution to the kidmin conversation… that’s why we’re going to help him win!
I’ve been so busy in Children’s Ministry the last few years that I haven’t taken the time to read or write blogs. I can now see the benefit. I am reading the book you recommended, “Switch”. It is awesome and I have found so much that I can apply to my situation. Thanks for sharing.
I voted for Jared, I hope he wins it all!
I love the push back to the “over the top” self promotion. The Cinderella story and the support for someone who truly deserves it is awesome.
I voted for your Jared! You’ve got an awesome blog my friend… I’m happy to know you!