Read in 2 mins Leader Resources » Other Leader Resources » Self-Care » Professional Development Print / Download Article Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email 5 Children’s Ministry Resolutions Worth Making This Year Published: January 2, 2023 Overwhelmed by the thought of making resolutions? Here are 5 children’s ministry resolutions that are definitely worth making this new year! 5 Children’s Ministry Resolutions Worth Making With the new year upon us, now is a great time to reflect on the highs and lows of the past year with your ministry team. It’s a great idea to debrief the last year with your team to get a better idea of what to do and what not to do in this new year. 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 important ideas to get you started. 1. Develop a handbook. First and foremost, a ministry handbook needs to be at the top of your resolution list. If you already have one, 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 the new year. 2. Get organized. Making a resolution to organize your ministry means more than cleaning out the supply closet. Check out this list of 18 tips and tricks to help get your ministry geared up for years to come. Our favorite tip? “Write a mission statement. Hang it where you can see it. Periodically ask yourself whether the work you’re doing fits your mission statement.” 3. Start a day care. While this resolution may not be an option for all ministries, starting a day care 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 day care from your ministry. Check it out—this may be a great way to reach out to families in your area. 4. Connect with your pastor. Making a resolution to encourage your senior pastor to connect with your kids is a great way to build bonds in your church. We’ve come up with 16 suggestions to cultivate deeper connections with your pastor, like giving your his or her office a mini-makeover (simply filling a file drawer with balloons, candy, puzzles, etc.), or asking your pastor to write a short note to your kids. 5. Focus on your relationship with God. We’ve said it time and time again: The most important relationship you have is your relationship with God. Don’t neglect it this year. Use this personal retreat plan to spend quality time with God. Want more articles for children’s ministry leaders? Check these out. © Group Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved. No unauthorized use or duplication permitted. Get our FREE enewsletter! Join thousands of other children’s ministry leaders, getting fresh, helpful ideas delivered weekly to your inbox. Sign Up Please enter valid email address Sign Up Recieve offers and promos from Group? Got it! Would you also like offers and promos from Group? Yes! No Thanks, you're all set!