Leadership is sometimes thrust upon children’s pastors who don’t have any training in the area. They are called to ministry, and they work great with children, but they don’t have the essential skills to learn how to put a team together, so they end up doing everything themselves.
Here are 5 ways to increase your leadership skills:
Work on Your People Skills. If you have a hard time leading adults, your people skills might need work. Read books on how to influence people. Study Myers Brigg personality types and how to work with each type. Do things with friends that don’t involve church ministry. These skills will help you become a leader.
Go to Conferences. If your church has you make a ministry budget, include the cost of at least one conference or workshop. The information and skills you’ll receive will be worth the cost. If your church can’t afford to send you to a conference, consider budgeting some of your own money to go to one.
Get Help from Others. Revival Fire for Kids does a children’s ministry consultation service to help churches with their children’s ministries. Consultations are important because, many times, we as leaders can’t see areas we need to improve. Sometimes a fresh trained eye can do wonders.
Read Leadership and Ministry Books. Make a commitment this year to read books you need to improve your ministry and leadership skills. Here are a few of my favorites.
Redefining Children’s Ministry in the 21st Century