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30 Day Ministry Challenge Day 26

30 day ministry challenge logoOrganize Your Workspace

Your challenge today is to organize your workspace. This will make things easier to find and will cut down on your frustration. You especially need to do this if you look for longer than a half hour for something you need or if people are hesitant to meet with you in your office because of the mess.

Organize Puzzle Shows Arranging Or OrganizingDeclutter. Go through everything. Get rid of what you don’t need. Organize what you do need and put it away. If you need something once a year or less (like supplies for a Christmas musical or an old VBS), pack it in a well labeled box. Store these boxes in one place, so you don’t go looking for them when you need them.

Establish Work Zones. You will have your main work area (your desk and computer), your data area (filing cabinet), your supply area (extra paper, pens, curriculum, books, etc.), and your storage area (well labeled boxes with supplies you don’t need often).

Revise Your File System. If you keep paper files, think about color coding them according to category. Also include a file drawer in your desk for current projects you are working on. You also might want to include a meeting file and an urgent file. For computer and digital files, create folders in your directory to make looking for things easier. You also might want to create file folders for you emails. MS OneNote and Evernote are two great programs to help you organize things. They are set up like a filing system.

Take advantage of the digital age. Link your computer calendar, to do lists, and email accounts between your computer, I-phone, and other digital devices.

Gather tools. Make sure you have all the tools you need close at hand such as a stapler, scotch tape, printer, rubber bands, etc.

Order Or Chaos Keys Showing Either Organized Or UnorganizedOrganize your desktop. Use trays and containers for things you need on top of your desk.

Save your back and neck. Get the right chair at the right height. If you can’t touch the floor, use a box or small stool to place your feet. You monitor should be eye level, and your keyboard should be elbow level. Also sit up straight. These small fixes will keep your back and neck from hurting.

30 DAY LIFE CHALLENGE (2)30 Day Life Challenge Day 26

 

 

 

 

30 Day Ministry Challenge Day 25

30 day ministry challenge logoPrepare for Sundays

Today is the final Sunday in your 30 Day Ministry Challenge. Were you prepared? When did you prepare your ministry for this Sunday? Was it last night? Are you guilty of the Saturday night special?

Saturday preparation for the following Sunday should consist of only two things: reviewing the material and getting your resources ready.

Your challenge this week is to prepare for Sunday long before each Sunday. Even if you only have Saturdays to prepare, plan for two Sundays this week, so you’ll be prepared a week in advance from this point on. Here are some important reasons to prepare in advance.

Order Or Chaos Keys Showing Either Organized Or UnorganizedPreparation: 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.

hand drawing light bulbCreative 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.

30 DAY LIFE CHALLENGE (2)30 Day Life Challenge Day 25

30 Day Ministry Challenge Day 24

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Project Management

Now that you’ve planned what you’re going to do for the year, your challenge is to manage how you’re going to do it. Here are some steps you need for each project.

Step 1: Place events on the church calendar. Don’t just find an empty date on the calendar. Check what’s going on with other ministries in the church.

If you use teens for your event and the teens are going on a youth retreat, you might not want to schedule your event for the same week-end. If you do, you’ll find yourself scrambling for workers.

Also if your church has a busy season, your workers and parents may be overloaded by one more event on the calendar. A little pre-planning will save you headaches.

Once you have a date scheduled, communicate to the church and ministry leaders so they won’t plan anything to conflict with your project. Also let your workers know early so they can plan to work at the event.

Step 2: Determine how many workers you’ll need and write down a short job description of what you’ll need them to do. For larger projects, you may want to compartmentalize the jobs for a project team. For instance, one of your team members will be in charge of refreshments. Another will be in charge of games.

Step 3: List steps needed to complete each project.

Step 4: Create a timeline for when each of these steps should be completed. A wall calendar will work well for this.

After the timeline is complete, move each date back two weeks. No matter how great our planning, life interrupts our schedule. Unforseen events can wreck havoc on deadlines if we don’t allow enough time for interruptions.

Step 5: Compile a list of resources and money needed for each project.

Two businessmen holding text sign. Teamwork conceptStep 6: Schedule meetings to meet with your team.

Step 7: Schedule a follow-up meeting with your team after each project so you can evaluate its effectiveness, what you would do differently, and what worked.

30 DAY LIFE CHALLENGE (2)30 Day Life Challenge Day 24

30 Day Ministry Challenge Day 22

30 day ministry challenge logoCongratulations!

You have made it through three whole weeks of ministry challenges, and you’re still here. The most challenging week, goals and organization, starts tomorrow and runs a little over a week, so today is a good day to review and catch up on what we’ve already done.

Week 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

Tomorrow, you will need your Dream Big list.

30 DAY LIFE CHALLENGE (2)30 Day Life Challenge Day 22

30 Day Ministry Challenge Day 21

 

30 day ministry challenge logoDisciple and Mentor

One of the most important relationships a Christian leader can have is the role of a mentor. Your challenge today is to determine to become a mentor and disciple others. Because this blog is mostly for children’s pastors, I’m going to repost a post calling Children’s Ministry: Discipling or Entertaining. I believe that many of the principles in this article can be used to mentor students of any age, but this is especially lacking in children and youth ministries.

Children’s Ministry: Discipling or Entertaining

by Tamera Kraft

Paul is prepared for children’s church every week. The children are excited and can’t wait to see what he has planned. They have fun playing the elaborate games. They ooh and ahh over the gospel illusions and creative object lessons. They love the motions to the activity songs. It’s even fun listening to the illustrated Bible stories.

However, Paul is frustrated because the children in his children’s ministry don’t really grow spiritually. Week after week they come and enjoy themselves. Paul doesn’t seem to be making a lasting impact upon their lives, and he doesn’t know what to do about it.

Jim also uses games, gospel illusions, and creative teaching techniques, but the children in his ministry are growing spiritually. Brittany’s mom came to him last week to thank him. Brittany went to her mom after being convicted in children’s church for being disrespectful and asked her mother’s forgiveness.

Tommy led four of his classmates to the Lord and brings visitors almost every week. Kyle asked Jim last week if there was anything he could pray with him about. He told Jim that he felt led by God to be a prayer support for him. When an altar call is given, children swarm to the altar to pray for other children who go to the altar.

What makes the difference between Paul’s and Jim’s ministries? They both do pretty much the same thing in children’s church. They spend the same amount of time preparing and praying. But there’s a major difference in the children. The reason is that Paul entertains the children; Jim disciples the children.

You might wonder how Jim manages to do this. It’s not difficult if you understand that we are called to be a part of the body of Christ, not only as adults but also as children.

Ephesians 4:11-12 (NIV) says “It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.”

A pastor’s primary job is, not to preach, but to prepare God’s people for works of service. In other words, a pastor’s primary responsibility is to disciple his congregation to do ministry. If that’s true, then a children’s pastor’s primary responsibility is to disciple or prepare children to do ministry.

Here are some of the steps you can take to disciple the children in your ministry:

 Disciple children in prayer. Teach your children to pray. Then let them have opportunities to pray. Too often we let children pray, and we comment on how cute their prayers are. When we do that, we reduce their prayers to entertainment. We should be teaching are children how to reach heaven with their prayers. We should be encouraging them to pray every day, and we should give them something to pray about.

When I need healing, I ask children to lay hands on me and pray for my body. I teach them scriptures to pray over me. When I need encouragement, I ask children to pray for me. When I need wisdom, you guessed it, I ask children to pray for me. I teach them how to pray, what scriptures to use, and then I ask them to pray. I don’t ask them to pray because it’s cute. I ask them to reach heaven for me.

Disciple children in evangelism. Teach your children to witness. Teach them to share the message. Teach them the scriptures to use. Give them illustrations to use when they witness. Then take them places where they can have the opportunity to share their faith.

One easy tool to help children learn to witness is the witness bracelet. You can purchase these or have the children make them. Just like the wordless book, they use colors convey salvation. Yellow represents heaven where God lives and wants us to someday live. Black represents the sin that stops us from living with God in heaven. Red is the blood of Jesus that was shed for our sins. White means that, if we ask Jesus to forgive us, He will cleanse us as white as snow. Green means we need to grow in our faith.

There are many places you can go to give children an opportunity to share their faith. You can have them help with a benevolence ministry, or take them to a nursing home, or you can take them to the park for a day, instructing them to look for opportunities to witness.

Disciple children in service. Many in the church have the habit of telling children over and over to sit and be quiet until they’re eighteen years old. Then when they reach adulthood, the same people will complain that all they do is sit in the pews and listen. If we are to disciple a generation to serve God, we need to start when they are young.

Think about the things that need to be done in your children’s ministry. Do you need someone to run the sound? Train a group of children to do it. Do you need people who are gifted in helps to take attendance, check children in, set up chairs, and tear down after church? Again, train children to do it.

The opportunities for children to serve in the church are only limited by your understanding of how much a child is capable of doing. I have used children for sound, Power Point, registration, praise and worship leaders, altar workers, skits, object lessons, puppets, monitors, and many other things. I’ve even had eleven and twelve year olds preach for me in children’s church. You heard me right. They preached. Those children are now adults who are in full time ministry.

There are other areas that children can be discipled in also. The only limitations are the ones we choose to place on our children. When they are discipled in ministry, something amazing happens. Children grow closer to God. They learn to listen for His voice. They learn that God can use them. He has a plan for their lives. So which are you doing? Are you entertaining children or are you discipling them?

Here are some other posts that might help you in your commitment to mentor:

A Children’s Pastor is a Mentor

Heart Knowledge

Disciple Children

5 Ways to Get Children to Leave the Church when they are Older

30 DAY LIFE CHALLENGE (2)30 Day Life Challenge Day 21