With the year coming to a close, now is a great time to reflect on the highs and lows of the past year with your ministry team. I encourage you to debrief the year that was 2012 with your team to get a better idea of what to do and what not to do in the new year. And while you have your team gathered, consider making a list of resolutions for your ministry-a wish list of goals for the New Year. Here are five ideas to get you started.
- Develop a Handbook – First and foremost, a ministry hand book should be at the top of your list. If you already have one, you should take another look at it and see if it needs reworking. If you haven’t developed one, the New Year is a great time to start. Anita Weldon has a fantastic eight-step process to help you create a handbook that will help guide your ministry throughout the new year.
- Get Organized – Organizing your ministry means more than cleaning out the supply closet. Jolene L. Roehlkepartain has created a list of 18 tips and tricks to help get your ministry geared up for years to come. My favorite tip from Jolene? Write a mission statement. “Hang it where you can see it. Periodically ask yourself whether the work you’re doing fits your mission statement,” she says.
- Start a Daycare – While this may not be an option for all ministries, starting up a daycare may be an undertaking worth considering and just the thing your community is looking for. Carla Williams wrote a fantastic article about the pros and cons of creating a church daycare from your ministry. It may be a great way to reach out to families in your area.
- Connect with the Pastor – Encouraging your senior pastor to connect with your kids is a great way to build bonds in your church. We’ve come up with 17 suggestions to get you started, like giving your pastor’s office a mini-makeover (simply filling a file drawer with balloons, candy, puzzles, etc.), or asking him or her write a short note to your kids.
- De-stress Yourself – We’ve said it time and time again-you’ve got to take care of yourself so you can help others. We asked children’s ministry veterans how they stay stress free through the year, and their answers may surprise you (drink plenty of water!).
What does your ministry do to roll in the New Year? What goals have you set for the new year? What are some of your highlights from the last year? Share with us using the comment section below!