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5 Points to Ponder when Your Soul is Overwhelmed

Ministry can be challenging work. There is always a lot to manage.  Despite our best intentions, we can find ourselves tired, depleted, and overwhelmed. If you’re in this spot, we want this article to be an encouragement to you. When we don’t find the right rhythms, keep boundaries, or have people to go with us, ministry can knock us down or, unfortunately, take us out.

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What to Do When You’re New to Children’s Ministry

If you’re new to children’s ministry you might be wondering: What do I do first? You’ve either received training or been handed a ministry handbook and are now left to put on a ministry to kids, whether you have done it before or not.  And if you’re brand new, you might feel a little overwhelmed.

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Ministry Collaboration for Greater Impact

If you’re like me, you’ve worked in environments where your ministry is in a silo. Each one is working for the mission but has little to do with the other’s plans, goals, or dreams. However, the best churches, the communities that value every person – kids from birth to 101, do their best to find connections from one ministry age group to the next. Collaboration between ministries is the best way to achieve a greater long-term impact in the lives of the kids and families you serve.

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Finding and Maintaining Life-Leadership Balance

There is something about ministry that can leave us feeling like there are fewer hours from one week to the next: events, midweeks, meetings, discipleship, programs, curriculum, and Sundays. And just when you think you’ve got a rhythm figured out, you find your week upended and wonder how you’re chasing the clock again. Time management in ministry can be tricky, to say the least. And setting boundaries can lead us to feel some discomfort, self-doubt, and worry about whether things will get done between Sundays (or done to your liking, but that’s a different article about different boundaries). It can also leave us uncertain about where to draw the line between working and serving, or if there is a line at all. That’s why we need to learn to set boundaries, maintain balance, use discernment, and create habits that last.

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Creating a Solid Relationship Foundation with Parents

Relationships, connection, and community are some of the biggest needs with our families today. Creating a solid relationship foundation with the parents in our ministries is key in setting families up for success when it comes to Spiritual Formation. How do you plan on building a relationship with them? Here are some practices to try.

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Cycles of Growth: The Key to Stability in Ministry

Every leader wants two things for their ministry: growth and stability. They want the ministries they lead to increase their impact and remain stable amid adversity. Understanding what brings these goals about is both easy and elusive. It’s easy because we know that the stability of any ministry is founded on the solid rock of God’s unfailing word and is grown through the Spirit’s life-changing work. It’s also elusive because it doesn’t come by sitting idly and doing nothing.

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A Reminder to Rest for Leaders

You’re only a week away from Christmas Eve and Day services, with events in between.

And the last thing you need is to feel overwhelmed. But, let’s face it, you probably are.

You’re might be stress-eating cookies in the break room and downing your 4th cup of coffee of the day to stay on top of the events that will welcome old and new kids to church for maybe the first time ever or in a long time.
Christmas services feel like the stakes are high! And they are. This could be an opportunity for a kid to meet Jesus for the very first time.

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