That’s the Goal–Setting Goals That Keep Us Moving Forward

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I didn’t used to be a goal setter, and I have to admit that I don’t always love the process, but I do love the results. I love the forward motion, seeing progress happen, and knowing that a difference is being made.

Today I am finishing up some staff and children’s ministry goals and it brought my mind back to this post I wrote a couple of years ago when the whole goal setting process was much newer for me.

https://whosthefarris.com/2012/01/19/1st-and-goal/

If you are new to the whole goal setting thing, let me be the first or second or third to encourage you to stick with it, find some one to hold you accountable and don’t be afraid to be a little specific and put a completion time on whatever it is you are working towards.

Thank you Karl Bastian and Kidology. Thanks, Todd McKeever for encouraging me through coaching to stick with it. Thanks husband dear for letting me glean from your expertise and thank you, Jesus, for guiding to me the goals that You would have me accomplish for your Kingdom.

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Asana and Other Great Tech Tools for Children’s Ministry

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Todd McKeever loves his tech and continually shares his favorite apps and programs for use in your ministry, job or home. Check out his new favorites here today.
Now that I have made a move after years at a 5-6000 member ministry to one that is only 400-ish (isn’t God funny with the paths that He will take us) I am needing to learn some new skills. One of those is seeking out some tech goodies that will help me still get the results of having a large paid team.

Today, we will hit on a couple of tech goodies that I am finding to be helpful in getting the results I need while not having the paid admin team around me. In a medium size church we are still at the point where the children’s pastor can fall under the one who is expected to do it all. Seeing that there usually are not as many formal ways of communication, or systems are not set up for great follow-up, things fall through the cracks.

Welcome – Asana and/or Trello

Asana provides the accountability your team needs to move forward and do your best work without having to be tied to email. Asana offers a great way to collect your task that only you need to work on or it can assign a task to a team member or members that you choose. You can assign due dates and as people work on it, if there is any correspondence, it will keep all of it in that area so everyone on that project can see the conversation taking place. (It can also be made private.) You can set up a daily email to be sent to you for updates on every project and so much more. Watch some more about Asana.

Trello is a different feel than Asana. Trello is simple on the surface, but cards have everything you need to get stuff done. Post comments for instant feedback. Upload files from your computer, Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, and OneDrive. Add checklists, labels, due dates, and more. Notifications make sure you always know when important stuff happens.

Here are 2 more tools I urge you to check out, I’m not going into detail with them, but I do use these as part of this process for myself.

EasilyDo

Refresh

With any of these tools it should help you have that feel of having a full-time team while you are at a small to mid size church. Don’t allow the size of your church now to effect your productivity for the Kingdom.

Pastor Todd McKeever is the Family Life Pastor at First Church of the Open Bible, Des Moines, IA. You can find out more about him at http://www.toddmckeever.com or follow him on twitter @tmckeever. Or you can request him as your ministry coach from Kidology.org coaches page at http://www.kidology.org/page.asp?i=242

Kidology–Thankful Thursday

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What’s Kidology? Kidology is a nonprofit ministry started by Karl Bastian, aka “The Kidologist” encouraging and equipping those who serve in children’s ministry, whether paid or on a volunteer basis. Their site is filled with resources and ideas for lessons, games, crafts, holiday ideas, power points, gospel magic, puppetry, devotionals and more. There are online forums where people just like you can ask and answer ministry questions to help more effectively reach the kids in your own backyard. Ideas used by everyday people in everyday churches like yours.

About two years ago, I deepened my relationship with Kidology at Children’s Pastor’s Conference I attended. That meeting led to my entering into the world of Kidology coaching with my now friend and coach, Todd McKeever. Kidology coaching has helped me sharpen not just my ministry skills, but my leadership skills as well. Todd and I tackle everything from nursery wall colors to goal setting and task management to volunteer training to blog writing.

It is refreshing to see an organization so dedicated not just to children’s ministry, but to those who minister to children in the church, school or home setting. Many of their resources are free, yet even for those which require a fee, their costs are consistently low, and they do their best to see that any leader with a real need, yet a real lack of resources will never do without.

You can find Kidology at http://www.kidology.org and Karl at http://www.kidologist.com He has even taken ministry to the next level by joining Pinterest! My coach Todd McKeever keeps me up to date on the latest Kidmin leadership and tech tools at his blog http://www.toddmckeever.com Todd’s latest post on creating object lessons could be just the thing you’ll be thankful for as you prepare your next lesson!

So thanks, Kidology, for all you are doing to help the Kingdom grow. This Thursday, and every Thursday, for that matter–I’m thankful for you!

1st and Goal

It was just a few years ago that I wouldn’t have been able to tell you what the term “1st and goal” even meant.  However, as our youngest son began his peewee football, then his jr high football, and finally his high school football career, I began to figure it out. Yeah, it took me that long. (I seriously think it took me four years to understand the concept of a first down).   Through the years we saw some great coaching and some not so great coaching and truly began to understand how much good coaching can mean to successful teams.

At the California CPC (Children’s Pastor’s Conference) last year, I met some of the wonderful people of Kidology. We hit if off immediately and next thing I knew the Lord had drawn me to the wonderful world of children’s ministry coaching.  Not as a coach, but as a “player”!!!  After twelve years in Kidmin, I am beginning to take my game to a whole new level.  And although at times I hate to admit it, I love it–really, really love it.  For you see, I’m being stretched, held accountable, and being called to set goals.  Ugggghhhhhh!! I mean Yeeeeeeeaaaaaa!!!!!

No doubt, my coach, a great guy name Todd McKeever (check him out at www.toddmckeever.com) has encouraged me, yes even forced me, (okay, well, only because I signed on for it) to set and keep goals. Ministry goals, spiritual goals, family goals, financial goals, fitness goals and now, praytell, one year  and life goals. Lord knows, (and so does Todd) that this is not something that I have enjoyed or that I was especially receptive to . .at first.  BUT, and this is a big but, goals are changing my life, and as a result, the lives of those around me. The focus, purpose and accomplishment of these goals makes me stronger, makes those on my team stronger, and makes my witness for Christ stronger.  I’m having opportunities to share the process with others, and together through the directed approach of goal setting we are “moving those chains” down the field towards the goal–surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses cheering us on from the heavenly realms. At least that’s how I see it in my head.

I’ve finally learned that goals really can be SMART– Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely not just Suffering, Migrain Inducing, Annoying, Reminders of Time Wasted. I’ve learned that in accepting their worth, I’m changing outwardly and inwardly at the same time, and I’ve learned that this unschooled, ordinary woman can shine a little more brightly because she has spent time with Jesus allowing Him to be the ultimate coach and goal setter of her life.

I think Paul said it best when he said in Philippians 3:10-14″I want to know Christ, yes to know the power of His resurrection and the participation in his suffering and becoming like Him in His death, and somehow, attaining to the resurrection of the dead.  Not that I have already attained all this or have arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. . . .I don’t consider myself to have yet taken ahold of it, but one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

And that’s my ultimate 1st and Goal until He returns to take me across the line into the neverENDing ZONE.