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Caring For the Golden Goose

 

Aesop tells of an old farmer with a very special goose. This goose looked like any other goose, but she laid eggs unlike any other eggs. The eggs were solid gold.  The farmer and he wife were thrilled, they had never owned much. Their lives had been filled with endless work in the hot blistering sun. Now they were blessed with this incredible goose that laid pure golden eggs. You can imagine their excitement as they waited each morning for the mother goose to lay yet another golden egg.  But the farmer and his faithful wife grew weary of waiting for the daily one egg to be deposited in the feather lined nest. They wanted more gold and they wanted it now. So they decided the goose must be made of gold inside. In order to get the gold, they decided to kill the goose and remove all the gold so they would be rich now instead of later. So they killed the goose but inside they only found goose organs and not a single ounce of gold.

The moral of this story is “Don’t love the gold more than the goose!” Take good care of the goose that lays the golden eggs. In ministry terms that means take care of the workers that God gives you.

Now if the old farmer was very wise like most farmers are, how do you think he would have cared for his goose? If that goose was mine I would protect it. I would watch over it carefully, feed it the best food money could buy, see that all of its needs were met. Are you getting the picture? These volunteers that God has trusted you with are the ones that are doing all the work. They are the ones that are teaching the kids, making the visits, on and on. They are making your vision of reaching children possible. You just can’t do it without them unless you have a very small ministry or plan to have a very small ministry soon.

  Do you value the workers and team that God has sent you? Then show them!

Need some ideas? This CD by Steve Greer is packed with great ideas to help you do it!

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 Do you value the workers and team that God has sent you like the farmer did the golden goose? Let me be very plain, are you only out for what you can get out of them or do you care for them with a shepherd’s heart?

 

A leader with a shepherd’s heart is diligent to care for their workers in the following ways:

1. Value them as an individual.

2. Praise them.

3. Love them, pray for them.

4. Don’t overwork them.

5. Watch over them spiritually.

6. Invest in them. Train them.

 Value them as an individual. Every person needs to feel like they have something to contribute. When people don’t feel valued for their investment in the program, they will burn out even when they believe in the vision. Discover their unique abilities and talents. Become a student of your workers. Praise them. Don’t assume that they know how much you love them. Tell them . Express your appreciation with sincere words of praise. Celebrate their victories and accomplishments in group settings.

Love them as a person. Be concerned about their personal lives. Learn to be observant. See what is not being said. Listen to them. Ask questions, without prying, about their families, their jobs and their personal interests. Pray for them. Write their names on your prayer list and consistently call their names in prayer.  

But don’t overwork them. It is easy in both small and large churches to find a sucker, excuse me a volunteer that will do anything you ask, but please don’t overwork these people. Watch over them spiritually. See that they are in a least one service a week.  

Invest in them. It would be ridiculous to expect a field to grow anything except weeds unless you plant seed in the field. If you want to grow corn, you must invest seed in that field. If you want the precious workers, God has given you to produce abundant crops, you must invest in them.  

Train them. Nothing is more frustrating than wanting to do something, and not having the skills to do it. Always set your workers up for success. Train them to tell stories. Train them to use visuals. Train them to handle discipline problems correctly. Pour yourself into these precious workers.  

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 Reproducible Training CDs  for your teachers to listen to at home.

Basic Skills

Use these CDs to help you:

                        

 

12 Tools to Build Your Teachers:

 Titles:

*    Great Ways to Use Great Visuals

*     You are a Gift to the Church

*     How to Use Puppets in your Class

*     How to Use Costume Characters

*     Make the Bible Come Alive

*     You Can Be a Godly Leader  

*     Getting Organized

*     Recruiting Ideas

*     Discipline that Works

*     Involving Kids in Ministry

*     How to Tell a Great Story

*     Growing Kids in the Word

Click here to read more information about Sunday School and children church Teacher training to equip and inspire children's ministry staff and leaders.

 

Appreciation Ideas Vol.1 $14.99

150 creative, inexpensive reproducible ways to say, "You are appreciated!"


FREE Bonuses!

  • Audio recording of Steve Greer’s workshop entitled "Fast, Easy, and Effective Appreciation Ideas."
  • "Promotion Announce-Mint" Poem (includes 17 candies) for promoting children into Youth Group.
  • "Candy Bag" Poem (includes 9 candies)—a great souvenir gift. It’s what to give when your child says, "I missed you. What did you bring me?" More than 150 fast, easy, and effective ideas for anyone involved in children's ministry!

    Over 50 ideas in FULL COLOR!

    A little Encouragement Goes a Long Way

    Everyone loves to receive a special gift of encouragement. It's not the expense or extravagance of the gift, but the thoughtfulness that means so much.

    Made for Children's Workers by Children's Workers

    Combining thoughtful words with a low-cost treat, these little "nuggets" are perfect for any children's ministry. Some are light and humorous, and others are deep and meaningful. All in all they are a great collection of ideas that can make someone's day and say. "You are loved."

    Great Value Use them as they are, or customize each gift for the situation at hand. Change a word here or there and the possibilities are endless! And with more than 150 appreciation ideas on each CD-ROM, you have a creativity bank ready for every occasion.

    Volume 1 (candy titles A-K)

    Airheads

    Almond Joy

    Announce-mints

    Bit-o-Honey

    Butterfingers

    Certs

    Cracker Jacks

    Crunch

    Easter Eggs

    Good & Plenty

    Hot Tamales

    Juicy Fruit Gum

    Kit Kats

    And many more.

     

    Holiday and Seasons

    Christmas

    Easter

    4th of July

    Halloween

    Promotion Day

    New Years

    Thanksgiving

    Valentine's Day

     

 

 

Appreciation CD vol 1 $14.99
Appreciation CD vol 2  $14.99
Both Appreciation CD Vol 1 and Vol 2 at discount price of  $24.99
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