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30 Day Ministry Challenge Posts

30 day ministry challenge logoLast year, I challenged everyone to a 30 day ministry challenge to start the year. For anyone wanting to repeat the challenge, here are the links to the posts.

 

30 Day Ministry Challenge Introduction

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30 Day Ministry Challenge Day 30

30 day ministry challenge logoCongratulations. You did it. Today is the last day of your 30 Day Ministry Challenge. The Ministry Challenge posts will remain for another month to make sure you are able to complete it if you behind. In August, it will be available at the Revival Fire 4 Kids store as a PDF e-book.

Your challenge for today is to take a deep breath and evaluate where you are. What challenges need more work? What do you need to do to follow through on continuing these challenges throughout the year?

Here is a complete list of the ministry challenges for you to review:

praise handsWeek 1: Our Relationship with God:

Resolve to be a Student of the Bible

Intentional Prayer

Get a Word from the Lord

Vision and Mission Statement

Praise the Lord

Improving Ourselves:

Leadership Styles

Don’t Let Work Kill You

Evaluate Your Ministry

Enjoy the Day

Increase Your Leadership Skills

Dream Big

Hone Your Skills

Two businessmen holding text sign. Teamwork conceptMinistry Relationships:

Show Your Students You Care

Connect with Your Senior Pastor

Lead Your Children to Christ

Spend Time with Family and Friends

Connect with the Parents of Your Students

Build a Ministry Team

Disciple and Mentor

Organize Puzzle Shows Arranging Or OrganizingOrganizing Our Ministries:

Plan What You Will Do This Year

Project Management

Prepare for Sundays

Organize Your Workspace

Schedule Your Work Time

Create a Policy Manual

Make a Ministry Budget

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30 Day Ministry Challenge Day 29

30 day ministry challenge logoMake a Ministry Budget

One important aspect of planning for the ministry year is making a budget. If your church provides a monthly amount for your ministry that is adequate, you are one of the fortunate ones. But either way, knowing what the cost of doing ministry is will help you.

Pray Computer Keys Showing Worship And ReligionStep One: Pray. God knows how much you need. He owns the cattle on a thousands hills, and it is His responsibility to provide what you need to do the ministry He has called you to do.

Step Two: Go through everything you have planned this year and decide the minimum you’ll need to accomplish it.

Step Three: Add up everything you need.

Step Four: If you have enough in your church budget to cover the expenses plus more, decide where to allocate the rest of the money. You might want to hold a little back for emergencies.

Step Five: If you don’t have enough, decide where the money will come from. You could have special offerings and fundraisers or apply for grants from companies. There are ways to make it happen, but you might have to get creative.

Step Six: Ask parents and other churches for resources you need that are not in the budget.

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30 Day Ministry Challenge Day 28

30 day ministry challenge logoCreate a Policy Manual

A policy manual is important for ministry in these days when people take ministries to court for frivolous reasons, but it is even more important for student ministries. Today’s challenge is to create a policy manual.

A policy manual is something every church should have, but few follow through on this. Here are some good reasons to have a policy manual.

Worker Qualifications:

If you settle for any warm body to work in your children’s ministry, it will cause you more problems than lack of workers. Set the bar higher for those who will minister to the children in your church, and you’ll attract quality people. This goes against the grain, but it works. If you don’t believe me, try it for one year. Let the congregation know only those who meet the qualifications need apply. Mention that you’re doing this because you want only the best working with the children, and see what happens.

One qualification should be that only those who are fully devoted Christ followers can work in children’s ministry. No matter what, don’t compromise on this. Someone who is a carnal Christian or who plays games with Christianity is not someone you want your students looking up to as role models.

Other qualifications can include church membership, water baptism, devotional life, baptism of the Holy Spirit, screening, and mandatory teacher training.

Health:

It’s so much easier to tell a parent whose bringing a child with a 103° fever into your class that you can’t accept the child if you have a written church policy in place. Parents can handle you saying you have to follow the church policy rather than you don’t want their child there.

Safety:

Safety policies need to be in place. These include teacher/student ratios for each age group. If a teacher has too many student to handle, with a policy in place, she can alert an usher who knows what to do.

Another good policy that is needed is what to do with restroom breaks. No child should wander around the church hallways unsupervised. For nursery, you’ll want policies for how to change a diaper. Rubber gloves and a bleach spray bottle should be standard for every church nursery.

One of the most important policies to have in place is how we release children to adults. It used to be we could just let the children go when church was out. That’s no longer the case. With so many divorces and estranged parent, not to mention predators, we need to be careful how we do this.

3d2dc-1069991-clipart-female-teacher-and-a-line-of-diverse-stick-students-royalty-free-vector-illustrationParents:

Attracting parents is a great reason to have a policy manual. Parents want to know you’re taking care of their children properly. They’re more likely to attend a church they trust with their children.

Church Growth:

You may think you don’t need those policies in place because you’re a small church. It’s easier to put policies in place and get church members use to them while your small. Then you’ll be ready for church growth.

Revival-Fire-Logo-2Revival Fire 4 Kids Policy Manual

If you need help with writing a policy manual, Revival Fire 4 Kids offers a downloadable policy manual that can be changed to fit your church for only $1.00. Just click on  this link for this and other helpful products. Since you have made it this far in the 30 Day Ministry Challenge, this week only, I am offering it for free. Just click on the version you want below and download it.

Church handbook (pdf)

Using This Handbook (pdf)

Children’s Ministry Application (pdf)

Church handbook (doc)

Using This Handbook (doc)

Children’s Ministry Application (doc)

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30 Day Ministry Challenge Day 27

30 day ministry challenge logoScheduling Your Work Time

Today’s challenge is to develop a work schedule. Developing a schedule you can work with is one of the most important features of planning your children’s ministry.

Here’s a few things to remember when developing a work schedule:

new-years-resolutionFirst, create a calendar. Schedule important event dates, and smaller timeline goals of when things need to be completed. Also schedule what lesson plans you are doing for the next quarter. Combine your ministry calendar, church calendar, and personal calendar so you know when events are conflicting with your personal life.

Group like items together. Block out portions of time to do different tasks. For instance, you may want to make all your phone calls, emails, and texts first thing in the morning to get them out of the way. You might want to plan lessons on one day of the week and organize upcoming events on another day. However you decide to do it, grouping like items together will help you stay focused and get a lot more done.

Work with your natural rhythms. Some people are more energetic in the morning but lag in the afternoon. Others focus better on quiet activities in the morning but get a burst of energy after lunch. Whatever you natural inclination is, don’t work against it. Schedule keeping it in mind.

Schedule Dream Time. Plan times to dream up new idea and explore new possibilities. You’ll be amazed at how creative you can be when you schedule regular times for this.

Don’t Overload Your Schedule. Everything takes longer to do than you think it will. Plan cushions in your schedule to compensate for problems you may encounter.

Plan Catch-Up Days. Everyone gets behind at times and has things on their to do list they never get to. By planning days to catch up on those things, you’ll be amazed how much you get done.

Organize Puzzle Shows Arranging Or OrganizingUse Tickler Files. Office managers used to have files in their desks called tickler files. When something came up that didn’t need done right away, they would put it in their tickler files to check up on at a later date. While these are no longer used, it is a good idea to schedule things in your calendar for a later date that you don’t have time to deal with now.

Be Flexible. There are times when you’ll be too busy to follow your schedule. Other times, an emergency will come up to interrupt what you’re doing. Then there are people who will need you to minister to them at times when you planned to do something else. When those things happen, don’t worry about your schedule. Do what’s important. You can always get back on track later on. People are more important than schedules.

30 DAY LIFE CHALLENGE (2)30 Day Life Challenge Day 27