Here are some New Years Resolutions for Children’s Pastors to consider making.
1 I will make my relationship with God a greater priority than the ministry God has given me. I do this knowing I can’t introduce children to God when I don’t spend any time with Him.
2 I will be filled with joy this year knowing that the Joy of the Lord is my strength.
3 I will ask God to help me love children who irritate me and cause behavior problem with the same love He has for them.
4 I will first ask for a revelation from God before I deliver any lesson or message to my students.
5 I will pray and seek God’s guidance in what direction to go in my ministry instead of just jumping on board the latest fad I learned at a conference. I will seek God for a word and make sure I focus on that word throughout the year.
6 I will review policies and procedures to make sure students in my ministry are in a safe environment.
7 I will disciple my workers and develop a children’s ministry team instead of being a Lone Ranger in ministry.
8 I will provide opportunities for children to experience God by giving them opportunities to minister, emphasizing worship and discipleship, and providing altar ministry at the end of every message.
9 I will not teach children to be good. I will teach them to know God. There’s a difference.
10 I will evaluate every area of my ministry to see if it follows the other nine resolutions. This may mean we play less games or get rid of snack time. It might mean replacing a teacher who “doesn’t get it.” I might need different curriculum. I might need to nix some “sacred cow” programs. Whatever I need to do, I will make the difficult choices.