Kids Ministry Collective

Kids Ministry Collective #48 Trends, Leadership Development and Ministry Boost w/Kevin Monahan & Nick Blevins

September 23, 2018

Dr. Kevin Monahan is the Next Gen Pastor at 12Stone Church in Metro Atlanta, GA.  With over 25 years of ministry experience, he has ministry expertise in working with kids, middle school, high school as well as college student and young adults. Kevin has been married to his wife, Meghan, for over 18 years and has three children:  Jacob, Aidan and Olivia. He has a Master of Divinity in Counseling, as well as a Doctorate in Adolescent Development. He enjoys playing guitar, remodeling homes, playing soccer and equipping this generation to impact the world for Christ.

Nick and his wife Jennifer have been married for over a decade and are blessed with their 2 kids, Isaac & Mackenzie. Nick serves on the leadership team at Community Christian Church and leads the NextGen Ministry staff team. Nick loves to help church leaders work on their ministry (not just in it) and he is a certified Church StratOp facilitator, helping churches walk through the proven strategic planning process of StratOp. You can find his writing, free resources, and weekly interviews with family ministry leaders at

Show Notes:

What trends do you see in Kidmin and Family Ministry?

Greater sense of unity in the church and outside the church (churches working together more)

Uses of technology- the greater need for leaders understanding how to use social media and the best ways to leverage it to connect with the community and parents. 

More Tribe conversation and more tribes having conversations with each other. 

Using FB ads, email marketing

What are leaders doing well to develop leaders and their ministry?

More intentional about relational discipleship. 

Small groups are better at building those relationships and are taking kids and students deeper.

Better networking is being done now than before.

As far as developing leaders:

*Define what leadership looks like- coaching structures and leveraging part-time staff.

*Better alignment among ministries.

*Better training for volunteers.

*More intentional with creating healthier volunteer cultures.

What can leaders in smaller ministries do to develop leaders (principles still apply to larger churches as well.)

*Be clear with your roles- You must use job descriptions, put it on paper!

*Be Patient- it takes time to develop leaders and you must figure out a stepping up  process to help them take next steps in responsibility and ownership. 

*Be Encouraging- You need to be their champion and let them know it. Be intentional about your encouragement with cards, texts, and phone calls. Let them know how you see them growing and developing as a leader.

**Leadership creates space for others to lead** (Tweet This!) 

*You should ask, who can step into my role now and how can I help them become a better leader? start a process now to move them forward.

Invest time and resources into them. - conferences, books, podcasts. 

Create a team and teach them leadership principles. is set up to help leaders no matter what size church grow their influence and leadership level. They offer many types of training and are also parting with You-Lead Coaching from Re-Think Group 


The episode on Control Freaks mentioned 

The episode on Nick Blevins Podcast here   Tom talks with Nick about delegating and giving up control as a leader.