Are you hired for your children’s ministry to be a Leader or Manager

More and more senior pastors and boards tend to be on the look out for Leaders for their churches children’s ministries but they tend to keep hiring Managers of children’s ministries instead. I think to many the lines between managing and leading are becoming blurred.

If you are responsible for your local churches children’s ministries do you simply accept the budget, staff, tools, time, and authority you’ve been given and try to make the most of it? Or do you see bigger possibilities, and are you willing to try to convince those around you that there’s a better way?

Nobody knows both the threats and opportunities your position holds better than you. To have the perspective of just playing out the hand you’ve been dealt will in the end only frustrate you and is not in the best interest of your organization either.

If your Pastor, church, or board really wants to succeed (and I have never heard anyone ever say…I can’t wait until we fail), they don’t want you to simply follow orders either. They want you to solve problems, be creative, and recognize new opportunities. They want a leader in your position. Do they have that in you? Have the lines become blurred with you?

If so, allow me to use the words of Warren Bennis to help bring some clarity between the lines of Managing vs. Leading:

— The manager administers and the leader innovates.
— The manager maintains, the leader develops.
— The manager accepts the status quo; the leader is always questioning and challenging.
— The manager focuses on systems and structure; the leader focuses on people.
— The manager relies on control; the leader inspires trust.
— The manager has a short-range view; the leader has a long-range perspective.
— The manager asks ‘how’ and ‘when’; the leader asks ‘what’ and ‘why’.
— The manager imitates; the leader originates.
— The manager is a copy, the leader is an original.

Now go and give what your Pastor needs to have happen, and Lead!!

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