A lesson in leadership

From a story I heard the other day:

A DEA officer stopped by our farm yesterday “I need to inspect your farm for illegally growing drugs.”

I said, “Okay, but don’t go in that field over there…”

The DEA officer verbally exploded saying, “Mister, I have the authority of the Federal Government with me!” Reaching into his rear pants pocket, the arrogant officer removed his badge and shoved it in my face. “See this badge?! This badge means I am allowed to go wherever I wish…On any land!! No questions asked or answers given!! Have I made myself clear?….do you understand?!!”

I nodded politely, apologized, and went about my chores. A short time later, I heard loud screams, looked up, and saw the DEA officer running for his life, being chased by my big old mean bull…With every step the bull was gaining ground on the officer, and it seemed likely that he’d get gored before reaching safety. The officer was terrified.

I threw down my tools, ran to the fence and yelled at the top of my lungs….

“The badge……Show him the badge!!!”

Lesson #1: Authority is not a weapon, but instead a tool to serve with.

Lesson #2: Listen to those under your authority, you might learn something.

Lesson #3: The character of a man can be seen in the way he leads.

Lesson #4: Instead of grabbing your badge turn up your hearing aid. It could save you some pain in the “end”.

Lesson #5: If you act like a farm animal you’re likely to be chased by one.

What are some leadership lessons you could add from this story?

How to know if you need a Check-In system

One of the concerns we come across often with our prospective customers is the question, “Are we big enough for a check-in system?”. An understandable issue considering a financial investment will be required regardless the system your organization chooses, and our desire to be good stewards of our resources. However, we have identified two questions to consider when determining if your organization needs a check-in system.

1. Does your church/organization have children that attend?

2. Are you hoping to grow the church by attracting young families?

If you answered no to both of these questions you can stop reading here, you do not need a check-in system. However, if you answered yes to either, I would encourage you to continue, your organization needs a check-in system.

Check-in systems offer a wide variety of reports and features allowing your church to operate its Children’s ministry more efficiently and effectively, but most importantly they offer an added level of security, a barrier to protect the church’s most vulnerable, and valuable, resource, your kids.

Today’s check-in systems not only limit who and how kids are picked-up after service, creating a safer environment, most also provide communication capabilities with parents/guardians, and the ability to identify allergies, or special needs, to prevent potentially life-threatening situations.

In regards to attracting families to your church, George Barna (Barna Research Group) states:

“…the safety and well-being of their children is one of the most important attractions to parents who visit a church. If the ministry does not impress the parents with its commitment to the security and care of their child, the parents are UNLIKELY TO RETURN.”
We recently spoke to a customer whose pastor was on staff at a church where a father, who did not have custody, “picked-up” the child…its been a year since the mom last saw her child. Check-in systems create a hedge of protection, and are a deterrent for individuals planning such actions. What we need to realize is churches are becoming a major target, especially smaller churches, due to relaxed security demands.
Children are our most valuable resource. Implementing a check-in system will help you establish additional security buffers and provide the families currently attending your church, and those who will visit in the future, an environment they feel safe in. If you answered “yes” to either of the two questions above I strongly urge you to investigate the various check-in systems available to find one that will fit your organization.

God’s “Dancing Rainbows”


Growing up, we often went to my grandparent’s house, and I can specifically remember being amazed by the rainbows that appeared and seemed to dance on their wall. At the time I didn’t know that when the sunlight hit the prisms on their lamp shade the light was refracted creating the “dancing rainbows” I thought were so cool.

Recently I was looking through some old notes and I came across one particular page referring to 1Cor. 13 and all the facets of what love is. As I was reviewing the notes, I realized that we, as Christians, were created to be God’s prisms.

We see in the Bible that Jesus (The Word) is the “light of the world”, and just as when the sunlight would enter the prisms on the lamp shade and refract creating the rainbows, when His light, His Word, and His love penetrate our lives the refraction creates a rainbow for the entire world to see. Except the world doesn’t see colors, instead it sees Patience; Kindness; Generosity; Humility; Selflessness; Sincerity; and a Peace that passes all understanding. In other words, the world sees Him.

The best part, we don’t even have to work ourselves to the bone for it to happen, we just have to let the light do what it does, and be willing to be God’s “dancing rainbows”.


Hello world!

Welcome to the Lambslist Blog. Here we will be discussing various aspects of children’s ministry, and life in general, including topics such as: security; check-in; room dynamics; leader training; volunteer appreciation; interacting with parents, and much more.

We also will be answering questions you have about our Lambslist Child Check-In System, so if you are interested in Lambslist, want to know about features Lambslist offers, or would like greater details on how other organizations are implementing options Lambslist provides, email your questions to support@lambslist.com

We appreciate the opportunity to serve you.