Happy New Year! I know we all want to see our ministries
grow for God. If being better at ministry is on your resolution
list, we have five tips that may help you out!
1. Set Goals
As the great philosopher Yogi Berra once said, “If you don’t
know where you are going,
you’ll end up someplace else.” Of course setting goals for your
ministry is important. Pray about what God would want you to
accomplish in this new year, and then talk with your team and set a
game plan. Two quick tips here…one, keep your goals measurable and
achievable. Setting a goal of “doing better at getting the word
out” is nice, but setting a goal of “growing our attendance by 15
percent” is better. Even if you don’t make it, you can still chart
your progress and better plan for the future. Second, break
goals into manageable pieces. For example, a friend of mine is
making a goal for each moth of the year. Doing so will break
down larger goals, and give your team fresh focus each
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Support Social media can be a great outreach
tool, but it’s often overlooked as a way to connect and collaborate
with other leaders in children’s ministry. I’ve personally started
following more people on Twitter and I’ve been amazed at some of
the great content other children’s ministry leaders are putting out
online. From amazing blogs to short, inspirational messages…make
the most of the social networking available to us.
Improvement During Christmas break, I was
able to go back to the church where I served as a children’s
minister for six years. My older kids are now in the youth
department. My younger kids had grown what seemed like two feet
taller. But they all ran to get a hug, just like old times. It was
a blessing for sure. But being back there made me think of all the
things I would’ve done differently. Interacting with so many great
children’s ministry leaders around the world has transformed my
thinking of ministering to children. Take time this year to expand
your view. Pick up a leadership book (like Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church
Anymore by Thom and Joani Schultz) or go to
a conference. Interact with
other ministers and then take a look at your ministry with fresh
Postmortem What worked? Do more of that. What
didn’t work? Do less of that. Simple, I know, but it’s effective.
Get the team together, review the year that has been. You’re
volunteers will be grateful for the opportunity to provide input
and you’ll find new and better ways of doing things. This meeting
will help cut back on the times you hear, “But that’s the way we’ve
always done it!”
5. Avoid Burnout
If we don’t watch out, it’s easy to end up running on fumes.
Here’s some advice from the experts:
Greg Baird helps you discover how to burn-out proof your
Ellen Larson talks about what to do when burnout takes you by
Judi Bailey gives you five ways to get started
recouping, and Bernadette
O’Shea gives her personal testimony of how she overcame
What are your resolutions for your
ministry? Let us know using the comment section below!