Ministry leaders: a healthy family AND a strong commitment to the local church IS possible. Don’t give up, there’s too much at stake.
In this episode, we had the privilege of hanging out with Frank Bealer. Frank was recently placed as the founding CEO of Phase Family Centers a new and innovative concept being launched by Orange ReThink. During this recording, Frank served as the Family Pastor at Elevation Church with Pastor Steven Furtick in Charlotte, North Carolina for over 5 years overseeing more than a dozen locations along with his wife Jessica who served as a Children’s Ministry Director.
This episode is so practical for any person in student ministry, family ministry, kid’s ministry or even someone who oversees those positions in executive leadership. We talk about the best ways to scale curriculum amongst church sizes, multi sites, and ministries. We talk about whether there is ever a good time to write your own curriculum and the benefits of a large group/small group model.
Frank gives amazing encouragement to leaders to keep the importance of curriculum in check, always elevating volunteers and relationships since that is where life change occurs.
If you are looking for a new curriculum, dreaming about the future or you just want to know the best practices for NextGen, this episode is for you.
The natural tendency over time is to drift from a strategic job description to a familiar to-do list, which is OK, if the items on your to-do list are still strategic.
We must, from time to time, re-evaluate our to-do list in the light of a strategic job description.
As we work through these roles for the NextGen Leader / Family Pastor, remember these two principles.Maximize your strengths and minimize your weaknesses. Click To Tweet
But don’t try to maximize your weaknesses. You need to lead through your strengths and make sure you strengthen your weakness so they don’t distract your strengths.Lack of skill doesn’t eliminate your responsibility. Click To Tweet
Just because you are not good at something doesn’t mean you are not responsible to make it happen. If a parent isn’t a doctor, he or she is still responsible for the health of their child. Make sure you understand your bent and skills so you can find others to fill the gaps
ALIGN Key Leaders
Key Questions: How does the team play together?
What are the common terms and values that drive staff / core volunteer behavior?
What plan do you have in place to ensure alignment when problems occur?
CHAMPION Every Age Group
Key Questions: How does the church value kids, teenagers, and families?
What are the physical and digital platforms that promote and cast vision?
GAUGE Effectiveness and Success
Key Questions: How do leaders measure success?
What are the characteristics and specific wins that clarify success?
5 Critical Gauges: Leader, Message, Family, Group, & Service
(found in the Orange Leaders Handbook)
ASSIST Ministry Systems
Key Question: How are ministries supported and resourced?
What are the support systems and budget that create efficiency?
Key Question: How are your leaders growing and developing?
What responsibilities are we assigning team members outside of their regular tasks to help them expand their knowledge base?
What resources are most effective at training your staff?
PARTNER with Parents
Key Question: How are your ministries helping parents win?
What are the core resources you use to equip and engage parents?
Comfort may be calling you, but comfort is not your calling. We’re not talking about managing the work-life balance, or ministry integration into daily life. This is about growth, both individually and as a ministry. As a leader, the sooner you embrace the discomfort of growing and stretching yourself, the farther your leadership will grow.Here are three questions you can ask to better prioritize a perspective of calling-over-comfort.