Jan 1, 2013

10 Ways to Improve Your Children's Ministry in 2013

#1
Cut some items from your ministry calendar and refocus the time, effort, and resources into a few things that work well.

#2
Go through your facilities and make a list of things that need to be painted, repaired, remodeled, or even thrown out.  Then knock out the list one item at a time.

#3
Ask someone from the outside to come in and be a "mystery shopper."  A new set of eyes will see things that need to be improved that you cannot see.

#4
Confront the few who are not on board with the vision and direction of the ministry.  If they can't get on board, lovingly ask them to step down.  It will breathe new life into your ministry.

#5
Go visit another church that is at the next level you want to be at.  Take notes and implement what will work in your context.

#6
Create a parent focus group and meet with them at least twice a year.  You can get more information about how to do this at this post.

#7
Create a child focus group and meet with them at least twice a year.  You can get more information about how to do this at this post.

#8
Invest heavily in your first-time guest experience.  You can get more information about how to do this at this post.

#9
Enlist, equip, and empower more volunteers.  New volunteers serving in their sweet spot = an improved Children's Ministry.

#10
Improve yourself as a leader.  Read.  Get a mentor.  Stretch yourself.  When you improve...the ministry you lead improves. 

What are some other ways to improve our Children's Ministries in 2013?  Share your ideas and thoughts with us in the comment section below.