Protecting the Present or Preparing for the Future?

We've talked before about not letting your children's ministry get stuck in the past and becoming irrelevant.  You can read more about that here.

But with today's rapid changes accelerating, it's not enough to avoid protecting the past.  You must avoid protecting the present.

Here's some signs you're protecting the present...
  • You're not taking a hard look at your processes, programs and events. 
  • You're not asking for feedback.
  • You're ignoring trends and shifts in the culture. 
  • You say, "If it's not broken...don't fix it."
  • You're growing content and complacent. 
  • Your hesitant to try something new.
  • You aren't taking any steps that will take your ministry to the next level.
If this is the case, then it's time to shift and start preparing for the future. 
  • Regularly evaluate everything you're doing.  
  • Ask for feedback from volunteers, parents and kids. 
  • Stay in tune with notable trends and shifts in the culture.
  • Be willing to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. 
  • Plan for growth not just maintenance.
  • Write down where you want the ministry to be in 1 year.  From this, create a strategy to take it there.
What got you where you are now won't take you where you need to go in the future.  Be thankful for what God is doing now but be like Paul when He said, "I press on for the high calling of Christ Jesus."