As a ministry leader, time seems to fly! It’s hard to believe another year is already wrapping up. They seem to go faster and faster, don’t they? I hope, as you look back on this past year, that you are satisfied with how you led your ministry. Of course, leadership can never be perfected, so I’m sure some of the mistakes and failures immediately come to mind as you think of this year. That’s OK, as long as you learned something for leading better in the future.
And the future is now! The beginning of a new year is always a great time to assess how you’re doing, what you’ve done well (or not so well), and how you’d like to do better in the future.
With that in mind, here are a few ideas—in no particular order—to help you lead better in the coming year.
18 Ways to Be a Better Children’s Ministry Leader in 2018
1. Grow deeper in your walk with God.
My all-time favorite quote is this:
“The impact God has planned for us does not occur when we are pursuing impact. It occurs when we pursue God.” Phil Vischer
It is foolish and arrogant of us to think that we can lead effectively in ministry if we are not first seeking a deeper relationship with the One we serve. Click here for more ideas on how you can grow deeper in your walk with God.
2. Lead your family well.
What happens—or doesn’t happen—at home will greatly impact how you lead your ministry. More importantly, those people at home are a higher priority than those people you lead in the church.
As I have led Children’s & Family Ministries for nearly 30 years, I have always said that if I fail in my home, then I have failed, regardless of what my ministry looks like.
Do not allow yourself to be in a position, 10 or 15 years from now, where you look back and realize you invested more in your ministry than you did in your family. You will regret it.
3. Disciple others.
Ultimately, our ministry is about discipleship. What I have found, however, is that Children’s Ministry Leaders tend to focus more on program than discipleship.
What about you? How is your ministry focused on discipleship of children? How are you helping parents be discipled? Are you providing your volunteers with any spiritual formation opportunities? And what about your own personal commitment to be a discipler—what does that look like?
4. Develop leaders.
The best way to grow your ministry is to develop leaders. Period. Developing leaders is different than equipping volunteers (check out this post to understand the difference).
Not sure how to develop leaders? Here are five ways you can do that in your ministry.