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Gina McClain

Created on Monday, 24 February 2014 / Youth
Tags: Gina McClain, student, volunteers, value, Seacoast Church, middle school students, high school students, orientation, ministry, lead, communication, mentoring, small group leaders
I recently wrote about the value of student volunteers and how we can create an environment that helps them stick. One post generated an excellent comment by Scott Kinney at Seacoast Church. This guy doesn’t ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 23 December 2013 / Vision
Tags: Gina McClain, value, response, intentions, personal goals, assistance, customer
I have to admit, one of my biggest leadership challenges is simply responding to people. I have great intentions of doing so. And if I’m totally honest, I do respond 100 percent of the time—in my head. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 17 December 2013 / Children
Tags: Gina McClain, children's ministry, volunteers, safety procedures, environment, kids, illness, leader, knowledge, resources
Safety procedures are some of the more important and more minute aspects of children’s ministry. These details of ministry are critical to creating a safe environment for kids. The challenge with safety ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 / Youth
Tags: Gina McClain, students, volunteers, high schoolers, middle schoolers, kids' ministry, student gaggles, parent, mentor, small group
Recently I posted about student volunteers and the consistencies I see in those that are highly engaged in serving. Sarah Dunn from Southpointe Church in Oklahoma City asked a few great questions:  ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 05 December 2013 / Youth
Tags: Gina McClain, youth, students, volunteers, middle school, worship service, fpKIDS, church, kids ministry, team, parents, service, love, encouragement
My daughter is allergic to mornings. Given the opportunity, she would easily sleep until 10 a.m. every day. But school requires that she rise a little earlier. So we push through the pain and crawl out ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 / Administration
Tags: Gina McClain, multi-site church, kids' ministry, strategy, volunteers, launch team, programming, philosophies, negotiables, curriculum, parameters, values, theology, intradependence
Your initial steps into the world of the multisite church can be intimidating. It isn’t a lack of willingness to make it happen; it’s simply knowing where to begin. Launching your first multisite location, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 02 October 2013 / Youth
Tags: Gina McClain, youth ministry, choices, wisdom, ramifications, lessons, preparation, conversation
It was another average weekday. Shortly after arriving home from work, I’m routinely rifling through the pile of papers pulled from my second-grader’s backpack. Amid the assortment of math worksheets, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 30 August 2013 / Youth
Tags: Gina McClain, copious, Joy Bowen, Orange Conference, worship, mobilization, youth, kids ministry, passions, gifts, intentionality
Two years ago, I sat in on a breakout session led by Joy Bowen at Orange Conference 2011. Within the first five minutes she used the word ‘copious.’ I was hooked. Joy’s topic focused on mobilizing kids ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 / Youth
Tags: Gina McClain, kids' ministry, worship leader, worship singer, prompting, storytelling, children, filling the gap
After the past few years of observing the worship element of our kids’ experiences, I’ve discovered three key skills that distinguish a worship leader from a worship singer. The former leads kids to engage ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 19 July 2013 / Vision
Tags: Gina McClain, perspective, friend, 1 Kings, Solomon, kingdom, Rehoboam, Israel, perception, advice, counsel, guidance, leader
Last night I was reading in 1 Kings 12 as part of my daily reading plan. This pivotal moment in a new king’s reign is interesting to investigate. I mean, we knew based upon a warning God gives to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 12 July 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Gina McClain, juggling, ministry, special events, team building, volunteer, personnel, encouragement, tough stuff, balls, ground
Juggling is an art.  And it’s fascinating to watch. My role in ministry is a constant juggle.  There are always projects, special events, team building, volunteer recruiting, personnel conversations, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 21 June 2013 / Vision
Tags: Gina McClain, inspiration, vision, kids' ministry, volunteers, parents, church services, communication, Vacation Bible School, direction
Read any leadership book today and within the first few pages you’ll hear about the critical function of vision in your organization. To lead effectively without a shared vision is simply not possible. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Gina McClain, volunteers, kids' ministry, time, commitment, relationships, programming, investment
I could write a book. But I won’t. If you’ve been in children's ministry for any amount of time, you’ve visited this topic. What level of commitment do we ask from our children's ministry volunteers? How ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 31 May 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Gina McClain, needed, known, church, pastors, members, Ecclesiastes, vision, culture, environment
I recently had a phone conversation with a woman from our congregation who said, “We’re thinking of leaving the church.” “Tell me why,” I replied. “Because we just haven’t been able to connect," she said. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 16 May 2013 / Counseling
Tags: Success, conflict, resolution, Gina McClain, rules, engagement, in person, text, face to face, listen, accountability
In my past few blogs, I’ve talked about conflict—why people avoid it and why it’s better to lean into it. One thing I’ve learned about working with teams of people: When two or more are gathered, there ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 07 May 2013 / Women in Leadership
Tags: Gina McClain, conflict, resolution, humility, honesty, empathy
Recently I had the opportunity to lead a breakout session at Lifeway’s Kids Ministry Conference 2012 titled "The Non-Confrontationalist’s Guide to Confrontation." There are three reasons why ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 30 April 2013 / Adversity
Tags: Confrontation, Gina McClain, lead, collaboration, conflict, purple elephants, obvious, objective
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to lead a breakout session at Lifeway’s Kids Ministry Conference 2012 titled, The Non-Confrontationalist’s Guide to Confrontation. Last week, we posted ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 24 April 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Gina McClain, conflict, kids ministry, confrontation, value, iron, Proverbs, Phillipians
A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to lead a breakout session at Lifeway’s Kids Ministry Conference 2012 titled "The Non-Confrontationalist’s Guide to Confrontation." I thoroughly enjoyed ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 18 April 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Gina McClain, words, sticks, stones, hurt, confession, offense, commitment
Many of us grew up with the chant, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” I used to believe the person that coined the phrase was an idiot. Words can hurt—sometimes worse ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 11 April 2013 / Administration
Tags: Gina McClain, leading, meeting, details, clear, concise, solutions
We all find ourselves in the position of “leading up” at some point in our lives. Whether it’s in the workplace or where we volunteer, we all have an opportunity to lead our leaders. There are times when ... [ +++ ]
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