What sets a team of average players apart from a championship team? The Coach! A good coach helps his players perform at a higher level than they realize possible.
A coach helps maximize performance. A good coach will stretch, push, encourage and develop their team. Jim Wideman does that and much more with his ministry coaching INFUSE.
In February 2015, I started six months of coaching with Jim Wideman. Several years latter, I’m still amazed by how much I grew in such a short amount of time. My ability to see the big picture, my capacity to lead and my desire to stretch and grow are just a few of the results of my time in Infuse.
If you want to take your leadership and ministry to the next level, if you want to get more done in less time, if you want to lead more effectively than you need to sign up for INFUSE.
I want to share from my experience in the program some tips on how you can get the most out of your time with Brother Jim.
Jim always says, “Everyone does better with a coach.” It doesn’t matter the size of your ministry, how old you are, or if you feel like you are already doing great, you will benefit from Infuse.
If you want to achieve more, have extraordinary results; you will not find one way that will help you do that more, than participating in Infuse.
Some churches will pay for their staff member to go through the program. Personally, the best thing for me was to pay for a portion of Infuse. Because my family had skin in the game, I approached Infuse differently.
I had to get the most out of the program because my family made a sacrifice to participate.
Schedule time every day for Infuse. Schedule time to:
I watched as people started strong and lost focus and disappeared. They stopped engaging in the program. My advice: If you apply what you are learning as you learn it, it will give you the capacity to do everything required in ministry and stay engaged in Infuse.
The best part of Infuse is that you get to hear from Jim, his coaches, and all of the others in the program. You are going to walk away with more ideas, best practices, and suggestions than you know what to do with. Pace yourself. As Jim says, “It’s not a pill, it’s a process.”
Your team is going to be overwhelmed if you start applying everything you are learning all at once. Pace yourself, prioritize and move at a pace that your team can keep up with the changes.
For me, this meant when Jim posted a question or an assignment, I attacked it with the same tenacity that I would have if my Senior Pastor had given me a direct assignment.
In my ministry, I schedule time to be interrupted by my boss. I make any request from him the most important thing I have to do. Jim says it this way; “I have no other problems than my Pastors problems.” I did the same thing with Infuse. I built margin into my schedule so that I could work on assignments from Jim in a timely manner.
The Kidmincoach.me site is the heart of Infuse. (If you’re not a member use the promo code “Get10” to save 10%.) Before the program ever starts, learn the site. If you wait to learn the tools until the coaching is underway, you are going to fall behind.
Learn how to interact with zoom.us. This is where the live calls take place.
The quality of your questions are an indication of what you are learning and applying.
You’re about to drink from a fire hydrant. You can’t do everything, so you need a way to capture what is most important to you. Have a system and schedule, and refer to it often. For me, I used Evernote.com. I still refer back to my notes years later.
This will give you a jumpstart into how Jim thinks. It will also generate more questions. You can ask how to apply something in a book to your specific situation. You can ask WHY Jim chose to do something the way that he did.
Your church is making a sacrifice for you to participate in INFUSE. Even if you’re paying for 100% of everything by allowing you to attend the retreats and carve time for the calls there is a sacrifice being made. Help your church and leadership above you see the value.
Infuse is an opportunity to hear from a father of children’s ministry. As one of Jim’s Infusers, you get a chance to learn from his wins and losses. You get a peak at his championship playbook; you get to walk out what you learn through the context of relationship with him and the team that he has surrounded himself with.
Final thought: You are going to be a better leader, Pastor, parent, employee as a result of this time with Jim. Look for opportunities to give back to Brother Jim and Infuse. Remember to pray for him, look for opportunities to use your new found capacity to do more to serve Jim and this process so that in continues to bless and help future leaders in need of a coach.
QUESTION: If you have gone through Infuse, in what area did you grow the most? Leave a comment so others can see the impact Infuse can have.
Past Infusers, what else would you add to this list of tips on how to get the most out of INFUSE?
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