Hello friends. My name is Kenny Conley and I’m the homeless blogger. What does that mean? Well, I have a blog over at childrensministryonline.com. My blog was very sick with a nasty virus, but things are better now. Since she’s recovering, I’m still not quite home yet or putting out a bunch of new posts yet. Like always, I’ve got something to say… I just didn’t have anyplace to say it. So, thanks to some good friends, they’re giving this homeless blogger a couch to sleep on and letting me finish off the carton of ice cream in the freezer.
The Homeless Blogger: More Things I’d Tell the Old Me
I recently wrote a homeless blogger post about things I’d tell myself if I could speak into the version of me 15 years ago. Obviously it’s too late to do that, but perhaps these posts might help someone who is where I was 15 years ago.
I’d lead a ministry of 400 kids the same way I’d lead a ministry of 40.
I’ve had the privilege of leading ministries of only 8 kids and ministries of 800 kids. In my first full time job, I went from leading a part time ministry of 40 kids to leading close to 300 fulltime. There were many days in the first year where I would close my office door, turn out the lights and have a good cry… convinced that I had skipped a very important step of leading 100 or 150 kids. The funny thing is that about four years later I transitioned to a church that operated under a different philosophy and I went from leading 300-400 kids back down to 150.
I’ll be honest, it was refreshing and really fun. I had more time on my hands than ever before. I was the interim middle school pastor, I helped write and teach the adult discipleship curriculum, I earned a masters degree and had more time for hobbies than at any other time in my life. Why was this the case? Well, I learned something at the church of 300-400 kids and I simply began leading this church of 150 kids the same way I led the larger church.
When I was at a church of 40 kids, I did just about everything on my own. I had volunteers, but I was still calling all the shots. I didn’t delegate well and it kept me really busy. With my own strength, I could carry a ministry of 40 kids… but it took a lot of my time. However, I’m convinced that if I had led that ministry of 40 kids the way I led a ministry of 400, I’d do it in a quarter of the time and I’d have ample time to focus on the things I always wanted to do, but never have time.
Jim Wideman really speaks to this principle in his new book Stretch. It’s worth the read, especially if you’d like to lead a larger ministry one day. It will teach you the things you better get right now that will prepare you for later.
Thanks Spencer for hosting my post. I got restless in the middle of the night and borrowed the car. Was there a scratch on the passenger door or did I do that? Stupid traffic cones! Look for my next post by following my tweets at www.twitter.com/kennyconley
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