Today’s topic is replace yourself. When talking with staff, we choose to say “replace yourself.” As we discussed the “Replace Yourself” statement when we toyed with different phraseology, which can totally change the dynamic. We wanted to convey the importance of raising up the next generation to pass the baton of our mission to them. We considered “replicate yourself”, but it strikes the wrong chord. Replication means you are making a carbon copy of yourself. From experience I know I cannot be a great someone else, or even a good someone else. However, I can be the best Collin maximizing my strengths and working on my weaknesses.
Replace yourself means you will work to invest in others, because you have the realization you cannot do everything by yourself and you are not always going to be where you are currently. Here a few techniques we use to make sure we are replacing ourselves at camp.
- Walk and Talk – When you are headed somewhere with one or two people look to invest in them. Take advantage of your uninterrupted time and make everything a teachable moment.
- Pursue your People – A huge mistake a leader can make is inaccessibility. Maybe you have told your team “my door is always open.” Truthfully, that is not enough. You need to go to your people or you need to invite them into your environment. To create opportunities to replace yourself in others you need to pursue your people.
- Delegate – First decide what only you can do. There are things you should not delegate. However, often times you can empower others by delegating tasks to them and supporting them through it.
Ultimately, replacing yourself is a spiritual mandate we should all follow based on the Great Commission. If you are not first replacing your faith in others, you are missing the mission in our walk as believers. Today consider in whom you should be replacing yourself and how you can accomplish it.
As a CentriKid staffer, we have the amazing opportunity to create relationships with people from all over the country; whether it is the people on your team, the kids at camp, or the adult leaders, we believe that ministry is best done in the context of relationships. At CentriKid, we want every kid to have an encounter with the gospel and we believe that it is best done through relationships. By creating that relationship, we are able to do more than just preach to them, we are able to invest in a child’s life by listening to their stories, caring about their needs, and by showing them the amazing love that God has for them.
Here at CentriKid, life changing relationships are something that we strive to create with everyone involved with camp. These relationships also translate to the group leaders and adults who are at camp. We know that you work hard all year to minister to these children and we want camp to be a time where you can grow in your relationship with Christ. Sitting with adult leaders and hearing how God has been faithful in their ministry or listening and praying with leaders who are struggling is
Building personal relationships is vital to creating a team that is unified in sharing the gospel. I have been blessed to have people on my camp teams who have created relationships with me and spiritually invested in me. Even though I was at camp to minister to kids, my relationship with Christ grew more in that time than it had ever before.
Life changing relationships is not something that is simply preached but it is a cultural element that transcends throughout every part of camp. The first time that I ever saw members of the Nashville CentriKid office interact was at a conference and I immediately noticed the intentional relationships that helped them succeed as a team. Life changing relationships are a major part of the CentriKid culture and it is through these relationships that ministry occurs.
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CentriKid Camps has an amazing group of young leaders with a ton of leadership potential. They have studied and prepared to be in a leadership role at camp.
Every year I have the privilege of interviewing and working with our summer camp directors. These guys and girls each serve with one of our camp teams and will lead the staff, work with the venue, and prepare to host our churches at camp this summer.
Here are 5 tips from young leaders who are early in their leadership journey, but have great insights already on leading well and serving in ministry.
- There are only so many hours before you hit deadlines. I’ve learned that its important to set aside time to spend 15 minutes having an intentional conversation, grab coffee, and ask somebody how they are doing. You have to be intentional because those things don’t happen on their own.
- Its important to strive for excellence in everything that we do. We are at camp for the reason of sharing the gospel and showing God’s love. Everything is rooted in scripture, so filling up every day is essential so you can pour out.
- Over the last year I’ve learned the importance of communicating early and effectively. Some things need to be communicated at different times, so I’m working to get the right things in front of the team at the right time.
- People take more initiative when they know they are appreciated. I want to lead through positive reinforcement, catch people doing things right, and make sure to thank them for that.
- Both results and relationships are important, but sometimes one becomes more valuable than the other in a given situation. Accomplishing results is a focus, but there are times to pause and invest in relationships with who is with you right now so you can help develop them for the future.
From the moment church groups get off the bus until they drive away at the end of the week, there are promises that every CentriKid team looks to uphold. They have become a part of our culture, but they are not just for camp. They can play a major role in presenting the gospel in your children’s ministry every week.
Root EVERYTHING in scripture
We believe that the Word of God should be at the forefront of every program, activity, and game at CentriKid camp. We love to have fun and go crazy, but it is all to get children excited for the gospel. As children’s ministers, creating an atmosphere that is centered around the study of the Bible and teaching it to children should be the most important part of any programming. Kids love playing games, making crafts, and singing songs. Let’s be honest, I love all of that too! However, when we are able to connect these fun events to the scripture they take so much more away from Sunday morning than just a good time. They will see that the Bible is God’s truth in their lives.
Ministry through relationships
At camp, CentriKid staffers see meal times and Hang Time as another opportunity to build relationships with kids. The conversations that happen during these times are sometimes more powerful than the conversations that happen during worship response time. Building these relationships create many avenues of conversation that can lead to presenting the gospel and learning how best to pray for and love on these kids. Working in a kid’s ministry, you have an amazing opportunity to create these relationships all year. Knowing the kids who are in your Sunday School class or in children’s church will create an environment that stimulates discussion. By loving these kids through a meaningful relationship, we are able to show them a small glimpse of the amazing love that God has for us.
Kid friendly programming
CentriKid would not be CentriKid if it were not for the high energy I Can’t Waits, crazy recreation games, and the amazing times of worship that kids and adults can experience at camp. We know that Biblical truths such as the Holy Spirit, the Tabernacle, and God’s redemption are not always the easiest things for kid’s to understand, but at camp it is our promise that all of the programming and Bible studies will be created with kids in mind. Kids from 3rd to 6th grade will enjoy the games and songs and they will also be taught the Bible at a level that is understandable to them and is applicable to their lives. Every week, you have an amazing opportunity to share the Word of God with kids so that they can apply it to their lives now and grow in their relationship with God.
Through a culture based in scripture, relationships, and fun, staffers are able to minister and love kids throughout the summer. How have you used the CentriKid culture in your church’s ministry?