How to Skyrocket Your Ministry

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Narrow your focus, create momentum for your ministry and reach more children and families.  

We all want to grow our ministries, reach more kids and have a greater impact in the church and community.

Kids Pastors both paid and volunteer, are some of the busiest people I know.  That doesn’t always mean we are busy doing the right things.  I’m talking about the things that are going to have the greatest impact on our ministries.

Because of how diverse our ministries are it’s easy to focus on everything and feel like we are not getting anything done.

If you want to take your children’s ministry to the next level then you need to identify one or two things that will have the greatest impact. Do you know what those are for your ministry?

Below is a list of 7 things you can do to Skyrocket Your Ministry and take it to another level.

  1. Work on what is most important

Overcome the temptation to waste time on activities that will produce little to no results.  Invest your best time on the things that will make the biggest difference.

  1. Make your spiritual growth a priority


It’s easy to fall into the trap of only interacting with the Bible when we are preparing to teach others.  If you want to take your ministry to a new level then you must have a healthy, growing, vibrant relationship with God.

Don’t allow the time you spend working on your ministry replace the time you spend alone with God.  You can read my post, 5 Spiritual Growth Tips

  1. Have a ministry coach 

Everyone does better with a coach.  A coach will stretch you, push you, correct you and bring the best out of you.  Maybe you don’t see how you could afford to pay someone.  Find someone who is winning at ministry and ask him or her if they will mentor and coach you.  You will be amazed when they say yes.

My Coach is Jim Wideman.  Going through his coaching INFUSE took my leadership to a whole new stratosphere.   Check out my tips on how to get the most out of INFUSE.  Everyone does better with a coach. 

  1. Have a way to identify potential volunteers 

Every ministry needs a pipeline of new and potential volunteers.  Do you have a process or system in place? You can read about my process here in my post, Leaders Generate Leads.

  1. Have an onboarding plan for new volunteers 

By clearly defining what it takes to move a person from a potential volunteer to a fully committed team member, you will have a plan to incrementally work to build a team of equipped and trained volunteers.  I outline my plan in the post, 9 Steps to Adding Volunteers.  

  1. Appreciate your team


Your ministries success is directly tied to the teams that you build.  One of the most important things you can do for your ministry is invest in and retain your current volunteers.

You need to overcome the temptation to invest all your time adding new volunteers.  Be intentional about how you appreciate those on your team who are already trained, already serving.

Don’t fall into the trap of only focusing on growing your team.  Spend time appreciating those who are already committed to your vision and values.

Doing so just might save your ministry. I know it did mine.  You can read about it here.   The one thing that saved my ministry

  1. Stop doing it all and learn to delegate

Stop inviting people to join your team and then continue to do it all yourself.  Release your team to serve.  Don’t just give away the tasks you don’t like.  Allow your team to participate in stimulating, fulfilling, challenging work.

Even if your volunteers are not able to do things exactly how you would, you only have so much capacity.  Coach, mentor, follow up and support them by holding them accountable. You can read more about delegation in my post, Avoid boredom burnout with volunteers.

If you want to Skyrocket your Ministry and take it to another level, you need to narrow your focus and invest more time in areas that will generate momentum.

Ask yourself, which of the 7 examples listed above could have the greatest impact on your ministry? And then get after it.

Question: What steps can you take this week to take your ministry to a new level.  What would you add to this list?

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Andrew VanDerLinden

Andrew is the Executive Pastor at Community Church in Eastern PA.

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