Here’s the thing I love about the way Kenny Conley teaches – he remembers what it’s like to be in your chair. He balances tangible take-aways with big picture ideas. He also writes about this stuff on his blog… so I know I can take a look at it later – which is awesome!
(in fact you can check stuff from today out over at www.childrensministryonline.com/calendar)
I’m not going to totally steal his whole talk and write it up here… instead, I’m going to write about the moments that stood out to me. So, these are notes for me that I’ll be chewing on as I fly back to Los Angeles this weekend… feel free to listen in.
Before your first Date
Before you calendar, you need to name your vision, mission and values.
There are days when I’m afraid to ask my team what our vision, mission and values are… because I’m not sure they’re always aligned (though, right now, we’re moving in great directions). And, when we can’t name that, there’s no way our calendar will allign. Duh.
2 Brilliant Ideas
Aside from calendar “theory” – Kenny talked through a couple HUGE tips and tricks to calendar stuff that I’m using from here on out. Have you ever thought about color coding your calendar? Me too! However, I never thought of using color coded post-it notes during our team’s rough draft phase of our calendar. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to cross out or erase things on a calendar as we draft our year… post-its will change my life once again!
One more brilliant idea Kenny shared struck me a little more personally. When Kenny suggested that we let our spouses and family see our ministry calendar while it’s still in the draft phase… my heart broke a little bit. I’m not sure why I’ve never thought of this… but, five years into being married in ministry, I’ve never shown my wife our ministry calendar until it’s set. I’m a jerk. And, if I’ve been one, I’m willing to bet someone else out there could have done the same thing. So, let’s make a deal… let’s get our family in the loop when it comes to planning our ministry calendar, ok? If you’re married, your spouse is a big deal – you should treat them like their year matters.
Thanks, Kenny. This was an awesome breakout.