Napkin Ideas Session 3: Ryan Frank

Ryan Frank of Kidzmatter was the third speaker at Napkin. He hit it out of the park with a session on pursuing excellence in ministry. Here are some of the insights he shared.

1. Stay humble. Reject influence from proud people. Seek out people that you want to be like. If you don’t stay humble, then God will humble you.

2. Do what it takes to move from good to great. Ask yourself what you can be passionate about? What can you be best in the world at?

3. Lead with your strengths. If you spend your life trying to be good at everything, you will be the best at nothing. Focus on your strengths and manager your weaknesses.

4. Plan your time effectively. Don’t let other people spend your time for you. Saying no does always not mean you are saying never. It simply means not right now. Ask yourself if you need to delegate better.

5. Organize your tasks

6. Don’t procrastinate. He offers the following acrostic: PITTOT- Procrastination is the thief of time. Make the most of every minute. Use the two minute rule: If it takes less than two minutes, do it now.

7. Plan for growth spiritually, organizationally, numerically. You need to run your ministry as though it is twice the size it is now. (My question: how does this look for churches in decline, or that have suffered splits?)

8. Don’t lead on empty. Your greatest asset is energy, not time, according to Ryan. You must choose to refill your tank and renew your passion. His point speaks to the level of focus and passion we apply to get tasks done in an efficient way.


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