Stepping into a new ministry? Remember these five things from Amanda Fillebrown in Children’s Ministry Magazine.
1. Let yourself grow into the role. Few of us step into a new position with everything we need to be successful.
2. Give yourself time—and grace. Learn from those already there. Include people you’ll be working for and with. Find out what’s important to this new group, and gather their insights on the culture of the church.
3. Don’t make changes right away (unless you were specifically brought in to make the changes). Take time to assess the situation (at least three months), find out what’s been working and what hasn’t, and discover what God’s been doing. Once you have that understanding and background, work from there.
4. Trust God for direction. He led you here. He’ll help you figure out where to go next.
5. Don’t play the comparison game. Allow your new ministry to have its own identity. Learn from other churches (including your past churches), but don’t try to become or re-create them.
Read Amanda’s article to learn more: “Bloom Where You’re Planted.”