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But…why?

I think many times we owe it to those following our leadership why something has to happen a certain way.  Perhaps you’re new to a position… or, quite frankly, are just plain struggling where you are.  You need “buy in” from those following you.  Giving more “whys” could be a huge win for you.

First, it’s about respect.
Giving a reason why lets people know that you value and respect them as human beings.  It also shows that you appreciate them for following your leadership.  People always come first in leadership.  Since your bit of information is most likely not more important than the people who follow you, show them respect by sharing with them information that could help to keep them bought in to your leadership.

Second, it’s about keeping morale high.
When you give people a reason, and they sense that you respect them for allowing them in on that info, team morale is less likely to plummet.  They may not be thrilled with your decision, but if you have the relationship and respect, they’ll keep following you despite the circumstances.  Also, model the attitude you want those following you to mirror.  If you model high morale – under not so great circumstances – and give them a reason why, they’re more likely to mirror your attitude.  It starts at the top.

Third, it’s about deflecting negativity.
As a camp director, whenever I have to give news that could potentially “rustle some feathers,” I always first set the expectation that our attitudes about the situation (mine included!) should honor the Lord.  As a leader, deflect negativity by setting high expectations of how your team should respond to difficult situations.

Even when you give reasons, show respect and set high expectations, you’ll inevitably have people who still push back against you.  I’m convinced, however, that the more genuine your leadership is, the less common this will be.

Lastly, I get that there are times when reasons just can’t be shared.  I think this is most often the case when someone’s well-being is in jeopardy.  If that is the case, you must respect that first and foremost.  However, if you’re a leader who often gives the “whys” and you lead out of relationships, you’ll have less of a problem when those types of situations arise.

In my experience, people are very cooperative once they understand why you are taking a particular action—even if it will mean inconvenience or hardship for them. – Michael Hyatt



Nov

26

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2011 Day After Thanksgiving Specials!

There are shopping deals across the country today, and CentriKid has great offers too!

#1 – If you are registered for camp, you will get 5 of your spots converted to FREE spots (over $1200 value) for every *new* group of 20 or more that you get to register for camp.  You need to email CentriKid to let us know who they are & they need to register between now and Dec 31, 2010.

#2 You can get a FREE “early-bird” workshop at the LifeWay Kids Ministry Conference.  All you have to do is register between now and December 1st and email CentriKid to let us know that you took us up on it.  You don’t wanna miss the Kids Ministry Conference this October in Nashville!

 

  • *new* means they haven’t registered for camp yet in 2011 and they either haven’t ever been before, or haven’t been in a while.
  • The early-bird options were a big hit last year in Birmingham.  They haven’t been released yet for this year in Nashville, but you’ll get your choice (for FREE!) when they are announced!
  • “What if I already signed up for the Kids Conference?”  Well, you got an awesome reduced rate…registration is now $225 and we are trying to help get new folks plugged in to the conference.

There are more offers online today at the other LifeWay Kids blogs too, and you’ll definitely wanna watch the CentriKid Facebook page on CyberMonday for drawings every hour on the hour.

 

Jeremy Echols

JE leads the camp team, finds new camp locations, plans training, and lots of other projects. He loves spending family time with his wife Emily and their daughter Madison.

Nov

24

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Give Thanks!

Thanksgiving has always been one of my very favorite holidays. What’s not to love? Food. Family. A parade with HUGE balloons in which it takes 20+ people to hold down (sidenote: I once had a dream where I was one of those balloons. That’s a different blog post altogether.)

After trying to decide what I could tell you to help convey just how thankful I am, I landed on one personal story. Here it goes:

For as long as I can remember, we have had Thanksgiving dinner at my grandparent’s house. One year, after a strange turn of events, my mom was in charge of cooking the turkey. It looked really good from the outside, but we quickly learned during the time of carving the turkey that my mother had forgotten to take out the little bag from the inside containing things that no person should eat. Isn’t that how a lot of us are? I know that sometimes I can put on a happy face and still be a mess on the inside.

Today, I am the most thankful that the Lord knows this trait of mine and He is able to take my heart and mold it from the inside.

“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” –Psalm 51:10

I am also thankful that my mom isn’t allowed to cook the turkey anymore.

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving memory?

 

Jen Hall

Jen graduated from Morehead State University, and has worked at CentriKid Camps since 2007.

Nov

23

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Day after what?!?!

THANKSGIVING is happening in just a few short days.  If you’ve been online much recently, you’ve seen a flurry of activity related to Pre-Thanksgiving sales, Black Friday sales, Cyber Monday, etc. etc. etc.  Well, get excited because CentriKid Camps has some FUN DEALS headed your way THIS FRIDAY and NEXT MONDAY!  Come back soon to see what’s happening!

Meredith Teasley

Meredith studied at Samford University and Beeson Divinity School. She worked camp for 8 years, then served in full-time children's ministry in Virginia before joining our team in January 2009.

Nov

22

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Be the Neighborhood Leader

The last few years I have a new found passion for grooming my yard.  I think it’s because I can see  immediate results.  With my work at LifeWay, it sometimes takes months or years to see progress.  However, when I cut my grass I get immediate gratification.  After work on Friday as I enter my driveway I began to ask myself “do I need to cut the grass today?”  Silly question since there has not been a week I have not cut it.  But I go through this process of looking at my yard and saying, “It’s not that bad. No one will even notice…” and then I begin to compare my yard to my neighbors.  “My grass looks as good as theirs and they aren’t cutting their grass.” In the end I always cut it.

 

Almost always when I cut my grass, regardless of the condition of my neighbors’ grass, I am glad I did.  I feel better about my yard and about me.  Accomplishing something I can be proud of makes me feel good.  The moral of the story is this: don’t judge yourself or your ministry by your neighbors.

 

In ministry it can be easy to say, “What we are doing is as good as that church.” Or, “I work as hard as that person.”   “I treat my wife/husband as well as…”  You get the idea.  In reality, who wants to be like everybody else?  I want to be a leader not a follower!  Andy Stanley says, “to reach people no one else is reaching you have to do something no one else is doing.” So cut your grass first and everyone else will follow.  I know my neighbors do.

 



CentriKidBlog Answers – OMC setup question

We’ve got a quick reply to Cristina’s question from “Adding chaos to your Christmas with OMC!

Meredith Teasley

Meredith studied at Samford University and Beeson Divinity School. She worked camp for 8 years, then served in full-time children's ministry in Virginia before joining our team in January 2009.

Nov

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Behind the Scenes with Kitchen Bink

Whenever I buy a DVD, I always love to watch the “Special Features.”  I really get into the behind-the-scenes details so I asked for an interview with Seth Worley (the writer/director/editor) of “The Kitchen Bink” series for CentriKid Camps this summer.  Seth graciously agreed and we had a wonderful chat for over an hour …  here are some of the great stories from the creation and filming of Kitchen Bink.

For those who haven’t seen Kitchen Bink, see all 4 episodes here:

Episode 1:

Episode 2:

Episode 3:

Episode 4:

Jeremy Echols

JE leads the camp team, finds new camp locations, plans training, and lots of other projects. He loves spending family time with his wife Emily and their daughter Madison.

Nov

17

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Thoughts from the Road

This past week, I interviewed lots of college students who are interested in serving with CentriKid Camps.  I learned a lot and had many thoughts along the way…

God is at work in many different ways.  I love hearing stories about how much God is doing in the lives of students.  Don’t doubt that He is using this next generation of leaders to make a difference in the Kingdom!

Be a mentor. Find a mentor.  College students need mentors!  I saw such a difference in those students who have a Paul to challenge them, or a Barnabas to walk alongside and hold them accountable, and even a Timothy to pour into themselves!  If you’re a Christ-follower who’s been on the journey for a while… be a mentor!  You have lots of knowledge and experience to share, whether you realize it or not.

Disciple kids. I heard many stories of why people want to work camp or how they might approach sharing their faith with a kid at camp.  In story after story, I heard through applicants’ journeys that discipleship among elementary-aged kids is lacking in some of our ministries. Too many students had serious doubts about a decision for Christ made as a child.  Many didn’t truly start following Christ until high school.  Let’s change that trend!  Let’s help make it real for kids today.

Camp is making an impact for the kingdom! I love that I got to hear from numerous applicants who want to work camp because of the impact CentriKid had on their own life.  Having been around just 10 summers, it’s exciting to know that we are approaching a season when scores of applicants have actually been campers.  It makes me feel old, since I was working at CentriKid in those early years, but it’s definitely worth it!

Face-to-face interviews do not increase your chances of getting hired!  After interviewing several students who drove 3, 4, or even 5+ hours to get to an in-person interview, I realized this is a very common misconception.  There is no clear advantage to interviewing in person.  In fact, our stats would show that we hire just as many folks from Skype interviews!  There are always pluses and minuses for both… but both are great options.  Don’t drive too far – save the time, gas money, and missed classes!

Staffers are our most valuable asset.  They are the ones making camp happen.  They have a true love for kids.  I’m so humled to be a part of the process of finding these great folks, but thankful that God has a clear plan for who will serve at camp!  Excited to see who those folks will be in 2011!

If you know someone who you think would be great at camp, encourage them to visit our BECOME A STAFFER page for more info on serving at CentriKid Camps.

Meredith Teasley

Meredith studied at Samford University and Beeson Divinity School. She worked camp for 8 years, then served in full-time children's ministry in Virginia before joining our team in January 2009.

Nov

16

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New Location! Southern Arkansas University

BRAND NEW to CentriKid this year is our Southern Arkansas University camp location!  SAU is located in the southwest corner of the state in Magnolia, Ark.  It’s about an hour east of Texarkana, Texas and 2.5 hours southwest of Little Rock.


View CentriKid at Southern Arkansas in a larger map

SAU offers…

  • Dorm-style housing
  • An olympic-size swimming pool
  • A game room complete with ping pong tables, foosball, air hockey…

Harton Theatre will be used for I Can’t Wait, Worship and all parties.  SAU just made recent updates to this theatre.

Since the campus is a little smaller, everything at camp will be in closer proximity!

We have two weeks to choose from at Southern Arkansas:
June 6-10, 2011 // $275
June 13-17, 2011 // $275

To reserve spots for camp, click here or call us at 1.877.CAMP.123!



Nov

15

2010

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Why Twitter? | Recap

If you missed out on our recent series on Twitter, here’s a quick recap for you:

Why Twitter | Part 1 … gives info on what Twitter is all about and why people are using it.

Why Twitter | Part 2 … walks you through how to set up your own Twitter account.

Why Twitter | Part 3 … shows you how we’re using Twitter with our ministry, CentriKid!

Remember, Twitter is just another platform you can use to connect with others or get the message out about your ministry, business, or organization.   You don’t have to use it in place of another platform (i.e. Facebook).  It just gives you the opportunity to reach even more people!

Hope to see you on Twitter!