If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time. This is also true in Kids Ministry. Every year I take time with my team to evaluate and celebrate things that happened the previous year and think about what we need to focus on for the upcoming year. We take time to focus on setting goals. I give my leaders a checklist of things to start the creative thinking process:
- Do you have enough volunteers?
- What does your room look like? Is it tidy & organized? Counters cleaned off, cupboards organized?
- Signs – Posted in appropriate locations?
- Schedules – Are they posted in volunteer areas?
- Curriculum – Printed? photocopied? Bins ready to go?
- Sets & Props for Large Group Time?
- Music – CDs ready to go in the room? Worship Teams ready & on same page?
- Small Group Bins – Ready to go? Do they need any basic supplies?
- Room Supplies – All stocked up?
- Toy Cleaning – Do you have times/dates scheduled for this?
- Meeting with your Volunteer Team – Large Group Teachers? Room Leaders?
- Welcome Letter/email from you to your volunteers.
Once they read through this list of questions, I ask them to write down 3 goals for each of the following categories:
- 3 months from now
- 6 months from now
- 12 months from now
Every year I am amazed at the goals that they come up with. They set the bar high & go beyond what I had hoped for. We take time in our meeting to give everyone a chance to share their goals. This helps build the sense of team as they share their ideas with each other. Each month at our meetings we review these goals & check-in to see how they are doing with them. More times than not, they accomplish their goals well before their target date. I am reminded every Leaders Meeting about the importance of setting goals, reviewing them & taking time to celebrate the things that God is doing!
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