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If you are down on millennial leaders you are reading the wrong person. We have hired a number of talented twenty-something leaders in our organization. They are smart, hard-working, and some of the most quality human beings you will ever meet. And it is my job to make them even better.
My wife and I are scratching and clawing to get out of debt. These are some really useful suggestions.
I’m tempted to say, “Some of my best ideas for ministry came from other people.” Which is true, of course. Ask any pastor or staffer. And, just as equally true, some of my best ideas bombed and I wouldn’t want to tell you about them. Smiley-face here.
One of the facts of leading a growing ministry is that you are going to have to get really good at hiring a great team. In fact, as the church grows, often the core leadership team will spend a large portion of its time in simply acquiring a fantastic team to push the mission forward. Ministries that scale their impact end up requiring a team of people to get the work of the church done, and therefore, you need leaders who think carefully around the hiring process.
Every year about now, the conference season kicks into gear and I hear — and coach — speeches and speakers under conditions of high stress and adrenaline. Inevitably, I hear speech beginnings that don’t do either their speakers or their audiences any favors. Some are small mistakes and some are more fundamental, but they’re all unnecessary.
When I was in middle school I published my own newspaper. It was a riveting journal of all things sports. It was in the mid-90’s and I used the Microsoft Works program which came on my trusty AST computer. It was a bit difficult downloading the photos with my 14.4kbps dial-up internet, but I just used the download time to write more articles. It was also a tad disappointing having to print them in black & white, but we couldn’t afford a color printer.
I have seen, and probably been accused of, dumping responsibilities on people inappropriately and calling it delegation. Also from experience, this form of delegation actually appears to do more harm than good for an organization. It leaves projects undone or completed mediocre at best. It kills employee morale and motivation and it keeps the mission of the organization from reaching its full potential.
My desire is to help you create and capture moving and memorable moments. Today I want to give you 10 steps to build a photo team at your church. Now you might not work in the church or non-profit world but don’t worry, if you lead or work with volunteer and professional photographers, these steps will apply to you. The reason we want to build a photo team is because the church has the most important message to communicate – that everyone is unfathomably loved by God. So the church needs the best communication tools to convey that message. And great photos are one of those communication tools.
While I served at one of my churches campuses, we quickly grew from 3 services to 6 services with about 1700 people a weekend. Two of those services were off-site venues in other cities. With an incredibly small staff, the potential for the ministry to fall over and “kill” its occupants seemed high. But it didn’t. It was constructed properly.
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