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How to Become an Expert in Children and Family Ministry

Do you want to become an expert in children and family ministry?

Here are some steps you can take to become an expert.

Decide you are going to be in children and family ministry for the long haul.

If you are using your role in children and family ministry as simply a stepping stone to "something bigger and better," you will probably not become an expert.

Committing to being in it for the long haul plays a major factor in becoming or not becoming an expert. Stats show that people who make a long-term commitment do 400% better than short-termers.

Be patient. Becoming an expert overnight just isn't going to happen. You are going to have to put a lot of work and dedication into becoming an expert at anything. Malcolm Gladwell says that it takes about 10,000 hours of practice to achieve mastery in a particular field.

Find a mentor. Timothy had Paul. Elisha had Elijah. Joshua had Moses. The disciples had Jesus. Find someone who cares about you and wants to help you grow. Someone who will invest in you and encourage you to become the leader God wants you to be.

Schedule regular time with your mentor to talk and discuss pertinent topics. Ask questions. Watch how they interact with people. Make notes about how they lead a team.

You can grow and go farther together. Don't fly solo.