Sunday, May 24, 2009

Today was awesome!!  I am blessed with a great team.  Today, they really shined.  We were missing a huge number of team members today, but the people we had, they were awesome.  We had teaching team members filling in in classrooms, lead teachers going way above and beyond the call of duty, and a bunch of volunteers really stepping up.  Great job team.  I really love you all!  PS

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Leadership Challenge

As I said before, I have been thinking a ton lately about a few of the leadership challenges that I am currently facing.  I think we (Adventure Kidz) are sitting at a crucial moment in our journey.  I pray all of the time, "Lord don't let me get in the way of what you want to do!"  I want God to do incredible things for kids and families here at Hope and I know it is going to be crucial for us to lay the right foundation now, so that this "building" doesn't collapse a few years from now.
The right leaders:  I need to have the right people on the bus...but what do those people look like and how do I need to train them.  (big questions, if you are part of my leadership team, know that I am looking at you and evaluating you now:).  
The right Places:  I really don't want to put people just anywhere I happen to have a need.  I want to get people into the spots where they will thrive.  I think I am looking for a Elementary Director and a Volunteer Director.  These are two positions that I feel will take us to a whole new level, never know though, we will see.
Pray for ME!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

summer is coming

Summer time is a great time around a kid's ministry.  Camp, VBS, and other fun activities make for a great time of getting to know kids outside of the normal environments!  I am really looking forward to this summer. We have some great things planned for our kids and I know there are going to be some special moments for our boys and girls.
This summer we have three major events:  Schoolz Out Dayz, VBS, and Camp.  Each of these events serves a different purpose for us, and each requires an unbelievable amount of preparation.  Going to be fun!

Friday, May 8, 2009

You know it has been a while when your mom tells you that you need to update your blog! :)

I have been swamped at church lately.  I use the term swamped because it feels like I am constantly moving and going, but not getting very far at all. You know how it feels when your feet are stuck in mud. You can expend a tremendous amount of energy, and only move a few inches. I have felt that way a lot lately.  When I take my eyes off of the mud though, and I stay focused on the direction that God has for me, I realize that I am traveling pretty fast.  In the last two months (the time since we moved to two services) we have grown an average of 45 kids.  That has taken us from the 375-390 weekend mark to the 425-440 weekend mark for kids.  I know that doesn't sound like a huge jump, but that doesn't even take into account our Easter Weekend (573) and our Grand Opening Weekend (650).  Those weekends were incredible.  For Grand Opening we were blessed with the opportunity to have pureNRG.  I was thrilled with their performance and their attitudes.  They were great! (Madeline really enjoyed getting to know them as well, I haven't stopped hearing their cd.)

I think the swamp like symptoms are a result of some serious leadership challenges that I am facing.  I have always staffed Adventure Kidz to be a larger ministry than what it currently is (for example when Sarah and I arrived here in January of 2007 we immediately began to staff for a kids ministry of 400, AK was only avg. about 275 at the time).  It is my belief that God will only give us what we are capable of handling (I think that is somewhere in scripture!) and therefore, I wanted to do my part in preparing the way for more kids.  One problem with this mode of thinking though:  we have hit 400, now what?  

Well, after some prayer and studying, I think God is wanting us to begin preparing for 650-700 kids.  That is a significantly large jump.  I have never been the leader of a ministry that large, and I know that it is going to take some "God" ideas to prepare us to do it.  The first change that I think has to be made is with our Core Leadership team.  Currently, we have 5 people who serve with me to lead AK.  I feel like I need to reduce that number to 3.  I want to have 3 people who each leads teams themselves... I just have to find the right people to feel those spots.  

I will do my best to give you some more updates on this process.