Go to a conference. How long has it been since you and some of your staff and/or key volunteers went to a conference? You need it in 2018. There are lots of great options to choose from. Make your plans now and make this investment in yourself and your children’s ministry. You’ll come back with fresh ideas, insight and encouragement. It’s also a great way to network with other children’s ministry leaders.
Honor your volunteers. Your volunteers are the most important part of your children’s ministry. There is no children’s ministry without them. Make sure you value them. Say “thank you” often. Write them notes. Text them. Give them a gift. Host a cookout in their honor. Set them up for success with good communication, training and resources.
Bring in an outside voice and eyes. It makes a big impact when someone from the outside comes in and reinforces what you are trying to accomplish with your children’s ministry.
It helps you identify things you are missing. There are some things you and the ministry have become blind to…simply because you see the ministry all the time. It happens to every ministry. That’s why you need fresh eyes to see the things you have overlooked or missed. Here are some ways you can do this.
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It’s also important for your volunteers, team members and church to hear about the importance of children’s ministry from someone outside the ministry. It strengthens and helps solidify what you’ve been sharing with them. Here’s how you can do this.
And it also helps you train, equip and inspire your team. It’s important to have key times during the year when you invest in your team. Some of those times should be from you as the leader. Other times it should be someone from the outside who can bring fresh insight, training and encouragement. And the good news, with technology, any church can now afford to bring training to your team. Here are some ways you can do this.
Add more volunteers. Just like every other church in America, you are going to need new volunteers in 2018. Make bringing new volunteers on your team one of your top priorities for next year. The success of your children’s ministry will rise and fall on the strength of your volunteer team in 2018!
Visit another church. Find another church that has a great children’s ministry. Preferably a church that is at a level you want to be at. Contact them and ask if you can come visit during their weekend services. Bring a few key leaders with you. Go and observe their ministry. Make notes. Ask lots of questions. Look for ideas. Bring back what you’ve learned and implement what will work in your ministry and culture.
Refocus on the vision. Yes, you cast vision this year. But it has leaked. It’s just what happens. People have become dull to the vision you cast this year. They are more focused on what they are doing than on why they are doing it. You must refocus them on the vision this coming year. You must remind them in a fresh way why they are doing what they are doing.
Vision cast yesterday that is not revisited today will be forgotten tomorrow. Keep your team focused on the vision in 2018. Remind them of the vision each time you meet together. Keep praying with them for the vision to be fulfilled. Put it in writing in some new places. Place it in every email you send out next year.
Weave it into every job description. Mention it in every devotion you share. Share stories of the impact the vision is making. Re-visit it and re-visit it and re-visit it and re-visit it.
I’m believing with you that 2018 is going to be the best year ever for you and your ministry. I’m your fan and I’m cheering for you! Can’t wait to see what God does in you and through your ministry in 2018!
This article originally appeared here.