Posted on December 28, 2012 by Ron Brooks
I was checking though some stats, and realized something. Several months ago I posted (what I thought would be) my last post here as I moved all of my posts to my new site. The funny thing is, because of the way different search engines work, this site often gets more traffic than my new site. I put links here to my new site, but it seems not everyone followed the links, so I lost some of you in the process. Please consider following/subscribing on my new site, since I update that much more than I do here.
Since you may have missed some of my recent posts, I thought I would take a few minutes to share a few of the top posts from this year, many of them coming after I moved.
By far. my most popular post was “how to talk to your kids when tragedy strikes”
I posted this recently in response to the Connecticut elementary school shooting. I shared a few of my own thoughts, as well as links to many other resources to help you talk to your kids after a tragedy. I was also privileged to interview Wayne Stocks and Linda Ranson Jacobs on a special podcast. They are both very experienced when it comes to helping kids through tragic events. You can listen here.
Some other popular posts:
Questions to ask when in Leadership
If Christians were birds
5 classroom and behavior management tips and tricks
Laying a spiritual foundation in our kids
What is Family Ministry
I am considering posting more here as well as my new self hosted blog, but I ask you to consider subscribing over there to make sure you dont miss anything.
As always, thanks for reading, and feel free share your thoughts with a comment!
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Posted on September 20, 2012 by Ron Brooks
Listening to all the different aspects of leadership over the two days of CMLeaders was great. Reading through some notes, I did find some pieces that fit well together: pieces from multiple speakers. One of the bigger pictures that I found could be called ‘Characteristics of a Good Leader’.
#1 A good leader pays attention to patterns
This works on tow different levels. First, you need to be aware of the fact people are looking at you, and often imitating you. I have a lot of experience working with kids, and this is so true. The behavior pattern you model is the behavior pattern you will encourage. If you are a high-strung, disorganized, paranoid person, the kids around you will tend to pick up on that and imitate your behavior. On the other hand, if you model organization, thoughtfulness, kindness and any number of positive qualities, you will automatically enforce those qualities in the kids around you.
This is not only important when you are leading kids, but it holds true when leading adults as well. If you complain, are disorganized, unhappy, that will trickle down through those under you, and it will be increasingly more difficult to keep them motivated. If you remain positive, encouraging, uplifting, guess what. That will permeate your team as well and it will become easier to lead your team. Continue reading
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Posted on September 19, 2012 by Ron Brooks
So I’ve had a little time to start processing everything from the CMLeaders conference. If you weren’t there, I would highly recommend you attend next year. I searched through my twitter account to find some of the quotes I posted during the conference. I understand that sometimes a quote out of context may not mean much to you, but this list is just as much for my sake as it is yours. At least this way I have all of my ‘top quotes’ in a single place.
Your devotional time determines your emotional time @craigjohnson5
Kids don’t need to love me, they need to know someone loves them @samluce
Help those u lead succeed and shine brighter than u do. @samluce
We need to get back to “Jesus is everything” @samluce
The value of a volunteer in the United States is $27.79 per hour. – Sheila Robinson Continue reading
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Posted on September 17, 2012 by Ron Brooks
If Christians were birds—-
Yesterday this was our pastor’s message at church. There are some very good points, and lots of similarities between our characteristics and those of various birds. The notes may not be complete, but they are complete enough for you to get the point. We all share some of these characteristics with birds. Which are you?
What kind of ‘christian’ bird would you be?
- Never reach full potential
- They live and wait to die
- The do a lot of flapping, but never go anywhere
- Live within confinement someone else built…a box or pen
- When there is a storm they run together inside
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Posted on September 17, 2012 by Ron Brooks
I just got back from the very first CMLeaders conference, put on by INCM (International Network of Children’s Ministry). It was a GREAT experience. As expected, the quality of speakers was top-notch. I walk away challenged to not only be a better leader, but a better follower as well. I have just started to review and begin to process my 25 pages of notes.
The structure of the conference was great. There were no breakout sessions, only large group ‘TEDTalk’ style sessions. This was nice because I did not have to worry about choosing the wrong session or wondering what I would miss out on in the break out group I didn’t go to. Continue reading
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Posted on September 14, 2012 by Ron Brooks
I’ve been waiting for this conference for months. As you know, children’s ministry is very important in my life, to the point that at times in my life it has been my full time job.
A guy like me loves a conference like this. The speakers range from a normal children’s pastor to children’s pastors from some of the largest churches in America. There are also some international ministry leaders. The whole point? To help us evaluate and equip us to to be better leaders. It is not about me, it is about my team.
Over the course of two days we are hearing about how we can
Develop as a leader
How to lead as a leader
How to disciple as a leader
I’ll follow up with some more details in following days. There is so much to process. So much great stuff.
My favorite part? The people. I have had a chance to sit and talk with some awesome kids ministry leaders from all over the country. Everyone is so likeminded and willing to talk and share and help. I have learned as much or more from these conversations at dinner or over coffee as I have asked questions and listened.
If you heard any of the speakers, what was your favorite part? If you didn’t what are some questions you have about leadership? (style, how, why, etc)
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Posted on August 27, 2012 by Ron Brooks
The dictionary says a consultation is a time of seeking advice, guidance or information. To consult means to consider or deliberate or to take counsel. We often consult with a doctor before special treatment. We consult with a lawyer before signing legal documents. A time of consulting is a time of informing yourself of the state of your current condition, or before a major decision.
So, what is the state of your current ministry or classroom? Are you getting ready to make a major decision? Who have you consulted with concerning either of these two situations? It is wise to gather information, ask opinions, and seek counsel and advice no matter what stage you are at or how good you think things are going.
Often those that we ‘consult’ with are close to the situation. Those close to you
have similar views and opinions as you. It is nice to have the advice or opinion of
those outside of your circle to help you asses your situation. A fresh set of eyes
can help you see things you may take for granted, or things you may not even see at
all. Continue reading
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