May 7, 2013

5 Ways to Stay Motivated in Children's Ministry

Children's Ministry is a marathon...not a sprint.  In a marathon, it's pretty easy to be motivated for the first mile or so.  But with each passing mile, you have to be more intentional about staying motivated.  It's in mile 18...20...23...24...25...26  that you need the most motivation.

So how do you stay motivated in Children's Ministry for the long haul?  How do you keep your passion and dedication fresh and new?

Prayer.  Nothing will keep you motivated like spending time with Jesus.  When you feel your motivation waning, (which we all do at times) get alone with Jesus.  His presence will fill your motivation tank up.

Pause.  Many times our motivation wanes due to physical or mental tiredness.  Take time to pause and rest.  Pulling away for rest will renew your motivation.  You'll come back ready to conquer the world.

Praise.  When you get discouraged, you'll find your motivation dipping.  When that happens, start praising God for His blessings.  Think about all the good things He has given you.  Dwell on the victories.  I have a folder where I keep cards, notes, letters, and stories from people God has helped through my ministry.  When I get discouraged, I pull out that folder, start reading, and begin praising God.  It doesn't take long before my motivation returns. 

Positive people.  If you want to stay motivated, surround yourself with people who are motivated.  Negative people will slowly drain your motivation.  Be kind to them, but don't spend much time with them.  Your motivation level is directly tied to the motivation level of the people you spend the most time with.

Purpose.  Your ultimate motivation must come from the purpose God has for your life.  His calling on your life is what will keep you motivated through the ups and downs...the good times and the bad times...the happy times and the sad times.  Always remember why you are doing what you are doing.  It's the call God has placed on your life.

What are some other ways you stay motivated?  Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.   

3 comments:

Continually connect with the people who serve, they are the ones who are walking the faith walk with the children. When I get to spend time with those that I helped empower, I feel empowered.

As a Children’s Ministry Leader, we wear multiple hats with a variety of ministries ranging from Hospitality, Security, Mentoring, Room Management & Safety, Teaching, Pastoring Children, Families, and Volunteers and many other responsibilities. Balancing ministry, family, and fun is key to staying passionate about your calling. If you find it difficult to take time away from ministry, find people who you can be accountable.

Stay fresh through reading the Word and praying daily. There is a reason the Lord told the children of Israel to not store up manna but to eat what they needed daily. We don’t want to be stale in our personal lives or ministry.

Read blogs regularly and when time and finances permit, attend workshops or conferences. Many cities have created monthly luncheons for Children’s Ministry Leaders to come together for an hour or so once a month for fresh ideas, discussions, lunch and fun. If you don’t have one in your area, consider starting one. Scheduled vacations on your calendar even if it’s staying in town to just have some rest and relaxation. Times of refreshing will refresh you!

Thanks for sharing Pam. Great advice.

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