5 Resolutions for Your Children’s Ministries New Year

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With 2012 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 whatnotto do in 2013. 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.

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  1. 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 2013.
  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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. 

  5. 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!).

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What does your ministry do to roll in the New Year? What goals
have you set for 2013? What are some of your highlights from 2012?
Share with us using the comment section below!

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David Jennings

David has served kids around the world for the majority of his life. From Texas to Romania, he has followed where God has led him. Most recently, he served for six years as a children's director in the great state of Alabama before moving to Colorado to work for Group as an associate editor.

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