To many children’s pastors are guilty of Saturday night marathons to prepare for their Sunday children’s church lessons. It’s easy to let the time slip away. After all, preparing for children’s church isn’t the only thing on a children’s pastor’s plate. Not to mention, many children’s pastors work second jobs and have families to take care of.
As hard as it might be, Saturday preparation for the following Sunday should consist of only two things: reviewing the material and getting your resources ready. You should spread your lesson preparation out throughout the week into bite size pieces. If Saturday really is the only time you have, try planning for two Sundays this week. Then you’ll be prepared a week in advance from this point forward.
Here are five reasons it is important to advance plan for Sundays:
Preparation: You can’t get the whole gist of what God has prepared for the students in one day.
A Word from the Lord: You need time to seek God so you can have a word from the Lord every time you minister.
Creative Ideas: You may have a creative idea at the last minute. Then you won’t have time to get everything together, and you’ll be frustrated you couldn’t use that awesome idea.
Emergencies: Emergencies do sometimes happen. Then you’ll be spending all night getting ready or you’ll resort to ministry on the fly.
Workers: You won’t be able to recruit other workers to be a part of what you are doing if they have to wait until Saturday night to get their assignments.
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