I only carry three credit cards. One for KidzMatter, one for the church and one for my personal use. (Sorry, I am not publishing the numbers.) Credit cards and convenient and fun – especially the miles and the points! Here’s what I don’t like: The credit card companies always seem to red flag fraudulent use at the worst times in the world. It’s normally when I am out of town. By learning the my normal spending habits, they can spot when the card is being used inappropriately. I always get frustrated when they freeze a card for potential fraud but at the same time I am thankful for the security it provides.
What if you could get early warning signs about big problems in your children’s ministry?
I read an article recently in Fast Company about Van Halen and brown M&Ms. (This is the first and probably last time you will see Van Halen’s name on this blog.) The article was written by Dan Heath and Chip Heath. Back in Van Halen’s hayday (the 80’s) the band put a short clause in it’s touring contract demanding a bowl of M&Ms backstage, but with all the brown ones removed. Keep in mind, this was a very thick contract and the M&M clause was buried in the middle. When the band would show up for a concert, their lead singer would walk backstage and glance at the M&M bowl. If the brown ones were gone, he knew they read the contract and had all the details ready. If the brown ones were still there, there was a nice penalty to pay. One word: genius.
You are too busy on Sundays to walk around to every class, talk to every teacher and spend time with every parent and child. What if you created a system that announced problems before they got there? Is it possible to send red flags like credit card companies watch for the scammers out there? Is there brown M&M system that would work in your children’s ministry? The corporate world is doing it, why can’t we?