Lean In: Leverage Your Influence for Ministry Impact

By KidMin Nation (Editor: Tina Houser)

My rating: 5/5 stars – It was amazing!  


Read: December 2018

This book is for you if… you are a leader, you want to grow as a leader, you don’t feel like a leader but want to

My thoughts: Third time’s a charm! I’m so excited to have had another chance to be included for publication in a KidMin Nation book. While the first book was all about connecting with parents (see more details here) and the second book was all about connecting with kids (see more details here), this one is all about YOU, kidmin leader! Lean In: Leverage Your Influence For Ministry Impact is all about growing and developing as a leader. 

The book includes chapters on setting and pursuing goals for your ministry (my chapter – which even includes part of the Goal Setting Guide), developing vision, servant leadership, finding times of rest in leadership, letting go of control (this one’s a toughie for me), leading a team, engaging kids in leadership, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. 

Pat Conner, a 35-year ministry veteran turned writer and church consultant, wrote one of my favorite chapters about cave dwellers, car sellers, and truth-tellers: important relationships for kidmin leaders. This chapter talked about the ministry relationships, community relationships, and personal relationships we as leaders have to establish. As an introvert, this chapter was encouraging and challenging at the same time, and it was a great reminder that we can’t do ministry alone. I liked how Pat taught us to take Philippians 2:3-4, which we usually apply to individuals, and apply it to other ministries in our church too. She also challenged us with the question: Are you intentionally developing the relationships that will keep your ministry thriving? What a great chapter! 

Since I can never pick just one chapter, my other favorite was Tammy Jones’ chapter on being addicted to learning. I love to read and to learn, so this was a fun chapter, but I appreciated how Tammy focused on more than just book learning. For those of you who hated school, Tammy talks about the importance of learning about the children we serve too. We have to understand the different cultures in which the children we teach currently live because “being knowledgeable about your kids’ world shows them that you care” (page 26). As leaders, we have to continually learn new things spiritually, organizationally, and culturally. 

Also shout out to Julia Ball over at Ministry Mom for her chapter on leading a generation older than you. Since I’m still a young’un in ministry, I appreciated this chapter and hearing about her experiences leading veterans as a rookie!

Order your own copy of the book here.

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Congrats to Kristina for winning a free copy of the book!

Congrats to Kristina in Washington State for winning a free copy of Lean In! One of her goals for the year focuses on volunteer management. I shared more details about that and highlighted some of the other top goals here.


  1. Hi Brittany! Thanks for the shout out. I love reading your blog! Thanks for the helpful printables and great information and encouragement. Keep up the great work!

  2. I am in the first season of Kids ministry and I am so excited and having a hard time keeping the first things first. I would like to double the children we presently have within six months and I plan on doing that by making a connection with the parents. I realize that no matter how much the children want to come its the parents who bring them. I developing relationships with the families and building my team of volunteers. I am enjoying Deeper Kidmin and using these resources to help me.

  3. One of my goals for this year is to be more intentional in building/training up young leaders. I will accomplish this by partnering young leaders with adult leaders/mentors and creating specific opportunities for them to lead. The first opportunity is with our children’s church where one student leader and one adult will lead a month of lessons/worship. The student leader will have the opportunity to lead music, a lesson, and/or activity while under adult supervision and guidance.

  4. I’m rather new at my current church (one whole month!) but I’ve been in ministry for about 10 years. I’ve set many goals for myself this year, but the one I’m focusing on is getting to know the existing programs & leaders then evaluate them. Are they working, is this the best place for this person, etc.

  5. One of my goals for ministry this year is to delegate the things that I shouldn’t be doing so I can do the things I need to be doing. I will accomplish this by asking for help from my current volunteers as well as talking to others in our church who are looking for a way to serve.

  6. My ministry goal is to re-evaluate, recharge and renew. I’ll accomplish it by going on a 12-week Sabbatical starting in May.

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