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The Secret to a Stress-Free School Year

Another school year has begun, and we are so excited to see what this year has in store for you and your ministry! Any seasoned KidMin pastor knows that the key to a successful school year with your kids is staying organized. To help take the guessing game out of organization, we’ve come up with a list of helpful tips to keep you on top of your game this year.

EVERYTHING Should Have a Place – Whether you have an entire building dedicated to student ministry or if you have a single, multi-purpose room, everything you use should have a place. It will not only help you be able to find things quickly but, if you’re ever unable to teach, your substitute KidMin leader will know exactly where to find everything. Small and large containers for all your supplies can actually be found at your local dollar store! Also, be sure to label your containers for quick access. It will take some time to get everything sorted out, but this will save you so much time in the long run.

Schedule Your Time and Stick to It – As we’re sure you’re well aware, ministry is a full-time job! It’s not just about the couple of hours we get to spend with the kids on Sundays, but everything that is involved during the week to prepare for service, follow up with visiting families, and the list goes on and on. Scheduling your time is an absolute MUST. Try to do lesson planning on certain nights, follow up calls on another night, etc. This will allow you to always know what needs to be done on what day and keep your schedule organized.

Communicate, Communicate, Communicate – Communication is key to any successful ministry, but especially when dealing with little ones! Be sure to always communicate any events, volunteer opportunities, or areas of need to your KidMin staff. You should also be over-communicating with parents to be sure everyone is on the same page. The truth is, things are going to happen, and changes will come up, but communication will take the headache out of a last-minute switch up.

Take some time before the school year gets too crazy and set yourself up for success with your KidMin. You will thank yourself a few months from now. As always, WorshipHouse Kids is here to help you make your KidMin media a breeze. Keep an eye out for new products to help you make Kids’ Church fun!

Communication

Helping Your KidMin Navigate the Bible

All great KidMin pastors know that simple memory verses play such an important role in helping kids understand God’s Word. It’s often hard for kids to understand the way the Bible is written (let’s be honest…it’s hard for adults too). Breaking the Bible down into “bite-size” pieces make it easier to process and retain. We’ve put together a list of our Top 10 favorite memory verses that will be easy for your KidMin to memorize and hide in their hearts:

“We love because He first loved us.”
1 John 4:19

“You are the light of the world. A town build on a hill cannot be hidden.”
Matthew 5:14

“Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
Psalm 37:4

“Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path.”
Psalm 119:105

“Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
Luke 6:31

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in You.”
Psalm 56:3

“I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.”
Philippians 4:13

“Do everything without grumbling or arguing.”
Philippians 2:14

“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”
Romans 12:12

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”
Proverbs 3:5

Leadership

VBS IS COMING! Are You Ready!?

Vacation Bible School is one of the biggest church-wide and community-wide events of the year for KidMin. Are you ready? If you’ve ever been involved in a VBS, you know just how much work goes into preparing. We’ve put together a few ideas to help you get the ball rolling.

Promote, Promote, Promote! – The key to a successful Vacation Bible School is to make sure you get the word out. Post signs at local restaurants, daycares, and grocery stores. You may also consider posting an article in your local newspaper. Don’t forget that a church Facebook or website is an excellent way to spread the word. It really doesn’t matter how you advertise; it just matters that you reach as many kids as you can.

Gather a Team – Having a supportive team around you is going to be so important to making this Vacation Bible School successful. They don’t all have to be adults! Ask your youth pastor if you can borrow a few teenagers for the week. They are typically good sports about acting crazy for kids. Come up with a list of what jobs need to be done and then delegate those jobs to your team. If everyone has a job and knows exactly what to do, it will make VBS a breeze! Need help getting volunteers? Check out this hilarious new video from Skit Guys Studios.

Pick Your Media – It’s no secret that WorshipHouse Kids has some pretty great media for your KidMin. Our Vacation Bible School Store is up and running to help you find exactly what you’re looking for to pump up your services! Check out the Super Summer Pre-Service Show 5 Pack by Digital Felt Productions. It includes five interactive game videos that work well as service openers and will get all the kids involved. You also don’t want to miss the new Safari Adventure Collection by Playback Media. It includes a fun countdown full of games, 11 motions and 11 stills to get your kids ministry engaged and active.

No matter what theme you choose, or what media you use, it’s important to remember the goal of Vacation Bible School. If even one child accepts the Lord into their heart, it was all worth it. We are excited that you’ve chosen us to help you prepare. We are sure that this will be a great event for your KidMin, your church, and your community.

Leadership

3 Tips for Effective Church Leadership

Church leadership is not for the weak of heart. Whether you are a senior pastor, worship leader or a small group leader, a lot of blood, sweat, and tears goes into what you do. Every so often–after weeks, months or even years of leading your ministry– you must take a step back and ask yourself, “Is this still working?” Are you still leading effectively? Is your ministry running like a well-oiled machine, or could your leadership use a tune up? Here are some tips to get back up and running:

Learn to Delegate

Don’t try to be a hero. No one expects one person to carry the entire load alone. Enter: volunteers. Spend time getting together a team of volunteers/other staff members to help you. Maybe you already have volunteers waiting for an opportunity to get involved. If so, great! The key is to come up with a list of goals, or things that need to be accomplished, and delegate the tasks that can be done by someone else. Sharing responsibility with others helps to not only get tasks done quicker and more effectively, but also helps others feel connected.

Think Long-Term

Where do you see your ministry/church five, ten, or even fifteen years from now? There’s nothing wrong with working on goals for the “right now,” but you should constantly be striving to achieve your long-term goals. If you want to add a campus location in three years, start planning what that will look like. If you’d like to add a full band or choir to your small music ministry, treat the few people you have as if they are the 50 or 100 people you’d like to have. Matthew 25:23 says, “Thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things.”

Trust God Always

Serving in God and actively participating in ministry is rewarding, but there will be definitely be hard days. There will be mountains and valleys. At the peak of the mountains, you will be so thankful to God for allowing your ministry to grow. In the valleys, you will wonder if God is still present. Trust. God. Always. Remember that God has placed a calling on your life, no matter how big or how small. It is not your job to know how to make everything work, but it is your duty to allow God to be in control. He is faithful to do what He promised us in His word that He would do.

This may have found you ten years deep into ministry, or you may have just gotten your first pastoring position. No matter where you are in your journey of ministry, I want to encourage you to keep pressing into the calling He has for you. When you begin to doubt, lean into God. He sees what tomorrow holds, so trust Him today.