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5 Ways to Be Better at Ministry in 2014

5waysHappy New Year! I hope 2013 was a great year for your ministry and here's to 2014 being even better! 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 month.

2. Social 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.

3. Self 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 eyes.

4. 2013 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 ministry, Ellen Larson talks about what to do when burnout takes you by surprise, Judi Bailey gives you five ways to get started recouping, and Bernadette O'Shea gives her personal testimony of how she overcame burnout.


What are your resolutions for your ministry? Let us know using the comment section below!

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