De-Stress Before You Distress

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  • Connect with your community. Go to secular sources or
    businesses for funding help. Talk about your plans and needs.
    Someone not connected to a church may be looking for an opportunity
    to give back — whether through goods or monetary donations.
  • Stress-Free Staff
    Relations

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    Here’s hoping your staff relations are a source of joy — not
    distress. You can strengthen staff relations and sidetrack stress
    with these pointers.

    • Collaborate with your team. Even veteran children’s
      ministers learn something new every day. You’ve collected a team of
      intelligent, caring volunteers, so why not gather their insights
      into how to improve your ministry? Plan “potluck” meetings to
      discuss strategies for success, and invite each volunteer to bring
      an idea to the table.
    • Supply resources. Always being “on call” is tough. So
      take some of the pressure off by duplicating yourself and your
      expertise through supplies and resources that help your volunteers.
      Provide resources and training so your volunteers have access to
      new ideas-even if you’re not available for brainstorming
      sessions.
    • Foster community. Get together with volunteers and
      their families outside your ministry. Sharing food and time
      together strengthens bonds between people and encourages healthy
      work relationships.

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    TEACHING

    Our hats are off to teachers, who deal with stress from several
    different angles. So whether it’s quashing misbehavior or growing
    in assertiveness, here are the top tips from veteran children’s
    ministers.

         

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