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The Gift of Being Prepared

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”

-Colin Powell

That’s right! There are no secrets to success, just plain hardwork that gets us from one goal to the next. This truth is just as applicable to Children’s Ministry as anything else. Preparation is critical if we are to have successful Children’s Ministries. In other words, when we fail to plan, we plan to fail. One of the greatest misperceptions about Children’s Ministry is that it only requires a good heart and a love of God to be successful. Unfortunately, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Even possessing certain giftings will not save the leader who fails to prepare.

Just because preparation is necessary does not mean that it is easy. Nevertheless, it is the level and extent of preparation that separates truly excellent Children’s Ministries from mediocre ones. Those leaders that are willing to do their homework, gather the necessary resources, and rehearse their messages ahead of time are the same ones who most effectively inspire the next generation. With Christmas just around the corner, one of the best gifts you can give yourself as a Kidmin leader is the gift of preparation. Don't go into 2019 scrambling. Here are a 4 tips to help you get started.

  • Do you have a real team? Don’t be the “Kidmin lone Ranger” thriving Children’s Ministries are dedicated to building strong teams. One of the most critical preparatory steps anyone can take is cultivating a strong team that can come along side you to fulfill the ministry vision. And remember...

Strong teams composed of diverse people with different strengths are at the heart of any thriving Children’s Ministry.

  • Make sure you have a vision that is written out for your Children’s Ministry department and shared with others. If you don’t have one, get busy and write one today!

  • With every decision we make, it is vital that we count the cost and prepare accordingly. There is a cost to everything that we do. If we fail to use wisdom and thoughtful contemplation, then our decision-making will be dictated by the cacophony of others’ opinions instead of the original vision.

  • Resist the temptation to wing it; review lessons, accumulate resources, and delegate appropriately ahead of time.

There is still time left in this year to finish strong! Refuse to go into 2019 scrambling. Handle neccessary business today so you can experience peace tomorrow!

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