We've ALL been there with you...that place where you're burnt out, broken, or completely frazzled. Urghhhhhhh! It happens. Take a deep breath and read these TEN THINGS that will help you have a better day starting right now.
1. Can We Pray For You?
We want to pray specifically for you. Enter your prayer request here so we can pray for you and your situation.
2. Laugh With Us!
God gave us the gift of laughter for a reason. Watch one of our favorite funny videos from John Crist. Try not to laugh!
3. I Need Volunteers!
We all know that the #1 struggle for anyone serving in Children's Ministry is volunteers. We asked our 15,000+ member Facebook group what the 10 Best Ways to Get Children's Ministry Volunteers were. This is really helpful for coming up with a proven strategy to get and keep Children's Ministry volunteers.
4. I Still Need Volunteers!
We even made FREE Children's Ministry volunteer recruitment bulletin inserts to help you get more Children's Ministry volunteers. Even if these don't cause an immediate stampede of people wanting to volunteer, it is an easy way to start planting seeds right now. Bulletin inserts were #8 on the top ten list of ways people are successfully recruiting volunteering right now in 2017.
5. You've Got 15,000+ Friends!
Seriously, you're not alone. There are 15,000+ other Children's Ministry leaders in our Children's Pastors Only Facebook group that are here to encourage you, give you ideas, and help you through whatever situation you're going through. If you're not already a member, you should totally join us. We ARE better together. You won't find a more helpful group of people on the planet!
Sometimes the difference between hope and despair is a good night's rest, a hot shower, and a clean t-shirt. I remember reading that in Life's Little Instruction Book when I was a kid. As simple as that is, I have found it to be true almost all the time.
7. Watch This Video from the 80's (takes an hour but totally worth it!)
This is one of those videos you really NEED to watch. If you're feeling overwhelmed and like you have a never ending to-do list, watch this video for some super helpful time management techniques. You'll make up the hour you spend watching the video just by implementing a few of these ideas. Seriously, we have watched this video several times and it continues to help us get better every single time.
8. I Have No Budget!
We LOVE making new FREE Children's Ministry resources. Check out our 100 Most Popular FREE Children’s Ministry Resources!
We have the BEST bundle deals on Children's Ministry curriculum. You can get over a year's worth of curriculum for less than $2 a lesson. People tell us all the time that these bundles are a HUGE blessing for their church. We are all about helping Children's Ministers with limited budgets.
9. Christmas, Easter or VBS is Coming! Help!!!
Don't stress out. Here's some links that will help solve all your problems:
10. Start With Why?
We know what we do. We know how we do it. But, a lot of us forget WHY we do what we do. We think this might be a super helpful time to re-examine THE WHY. Here's a great video from author Simon Sinek.
One of our WHY'S when we got started in Children's Ministry was highlighted in George Barna's book "Transforming Children Into Spiritual Champions." Here's what it said:
The probability of someone embracing Jesus as their savior between the ages of 5 and 12 is 32%.
The probability of someone embracing Jesus as their savior between ages 13 and 18 is 4%.
The probability of someone embracing Jesus as their savior who is 19 and older is 6%.
If someone doesn’t accept Jesus when they are a child, the chances of them doing so later in life are slim.
Statistically, the greatest mission field in our church is the Children’s Ministry.
What is YOUR why?