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The other day I was over on another KidMin Blog …which will remain nameless. Unless, of course,  you care to scour the internet trying to find the blog I’m talking about and post a comment about it here. I’ll give you a hint: can you say “wordpress”?  So, I’m cruising through some past posts and to my surprise, my name came up in regard to a post on my blog.  The person commenting was very complimentary – and that, of course, always makes one feel good. However, a few posts down, someone else wrote:

“I don’t like Jamie Doyle, nor his blog.  He tends to write as if he’s some kind of know-it-all.  He’s not!  He’s very biased and cannot seem to post but few times a year.”

I read that and thought - “WHY DIDN’T SOMEONE TWEET THIS!” I mean, people would’ve been intrigued… And come here to see what the criticism is all about.

The thing I found very interesting is that, this person knows enough about me and must follow my blog to know that I’m a sporadic blogger.  Obviously this person has more time on their hands then I do to spend their days monitoring blogs and bloggers that they don’t like.

I, on the other hand am very interested in spending my time breathing life into KidMin leaders who need to push forward regardless of their circumstances. So let me offer up some advice to my readers, whether they support what I do or criticize it: Find ways to build the kingdom – we really don’t have much time.

How’s that for a grabbing title?  If I’ve offended you… I don’t care (BTW, get the picture reference?)  But, here’s the real question: is it true?  Are you ugly?

OK, let me ask it the correct way: Are you U.G.L.Y.

It’s an acronym folks… meant to get you groaning and thinking at the same time.  Maybe this is the start of a movement of sorts.  Perhaps a conference could be birthed out of groaning and thinking at the same time.  I’ll either call it the “UGLY Gathering” or just “GROAN”. Either way – on with the explanation of the acronym.

  • U – United in Vision As a kidmin leader, you’ve got to be united in the vision of the house.  Read my earlier posts on vision problems.
  • G – Growing Leader When you stop learning, you stop growing.  When you’re not healthy, you stop growing.  When your focus is on someone else’s success, you’ll stop growing.
  • L – Life Giving Minister You have the greatest job of all time: to tell the greatest story of all time.  You need to be sharing that story with a passion that is contagious and will change the world of the people around you.
  • Y – Yielded to the Holy Spirit’s Leading You might be thinking that it’s my pentecostal roots coming through.  Nonsense!  It’s my initiative as a minister that’s coming through.  Apart from the leading and guiding voice of the Spirit, you’ll do yourself, your church and Jesus the greatest disservice: You will do a lot in you own strength poorly.

Now that I’ve inspired you today with my offensive acronym, get out there and UGLY-it-up!

Fine Tune Your Ability to Create the Experiences

Whether you choose to use Gospel Magic or not, there are some things you should be doing in any creative presentation method that will help you to create an experience with your class or audience:

Self Evaluation

As you tweak your routines or put the finishing touches on a prop; ask yourself:

  • How am I creating an experience for my audience?
  • What else can I do to add that little extra ‘whoa’ in the moments that I’m with them?
  • What will these kids talk about when they leave?
  • What am I doing to advance my skills as a performer/presenter and ‘experience creator’ so my program stands out?  And not just from others… but, from the last ‘experience’?

Be Willing To Face Evaluation From Others

These are vital questions – and they need to be answered if you plan on succeeding as a performer/presenter.  No question about it, you’re going to have to subject yourself to criticism and evaluation.  Find a coach or several coaches whom you will allow to freely comment on your presentation.  Record yourself on video and invite those who are already successful in the realm of children’s ministry presentation to view your presentation(s)… they can help you.  Invite also, those who are trained and seasoned in drama and theater to view your presentations and get their insight.

You Have The Potential To Be Amazing

If you love what you do… kids will love you, you will feel very fulfilled at what you’re doing.  Put that all together and you’ll be at your best as a presenter.  And when you’re at your best – it will show up in your presentations- therefore, it will help you to create a stronger experience.