5 Ways To Get Yourself & Your Ministry Ready For Easter

5 Ways To Get Yourself & Your Ministry Ready For Easter

Easter is approaching…fast! I hope you’ve already begun planning for it in your ministry.

Easter weekend can be a wonderful time in the world of Children’s Ministry! ?But it can also be a nightmare for the Children’s Ministry leader. ?It’s typically one of the highest attended weekends of the year. ?Lots of visitors. ?High expectations.

So what’s a Children?s Ministry?Leader?to do to make it successful? ?Here’s a few things I’ve learned over the years:

Plan far in advance.

Hopefully, you’re already well in to your Easter planning. If not, get on it! Not only it there a lot to do, but it is one of the most important weekends of the year (think: visitors), so plan on doing what you do with excellence. Get all you bases covered. Be ready to invest in the visitors, manage the crises, and present the Gospel clearly.

Communicate & Delegate.

Children’s Ministry should never be a one-person show. In other words, don’t try and do Easter on your own, no matter what size ministry you are leading. Create a plan (with your team). Communicate the plan (you really can’t over-communicate) and delegate responsibilities. If you’ve equipped people to lead, trust them to lead. If not, this is a great opportunity to practice equipping.

Here’s an article to help you do that:

Put your best foot forward.

The old saying “You only get one chance to make a good first impression” is true. Easter is often the first (and many times the only) opportunity you will have at making a positive impression – maximize it! At the same time, be real. Be genuine. Don’t go so over the top that, when visitors return, it looks and feels like a completely different church.

Keep the main thing the main thing.

Amidst all of our creativity, we can sometimes lose the message of Easter. Make sure that the Gospel message is clear and concise, and that there is opportunity for response. The Gospel is for kids, too, and this may be the first time they’ve heard it. Here are two articles to help with this:

Worship.

Easter is for you, too. I encourage leaders that one of the reasons to do things right the rest of the week is so you can take the opportunity to worship on Sunday. Easter, of all weekends, should afford you the opportunity. Take it…and celebrate the meaning of Easter. At the same time, be sure to facilitate time for your leaders and volunteers to worship, as well.

What would you share about getting ready for Easter?

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Founder of Children's Ministry Leader at Children's Ministry Leader
My passion is seeing the lives of children transformed. I believe the best way to do that is to equip leaders in the local church to serve children, volunteers and parents to invest in the lives of children at church and in the home. That?s what we do here at Children?s Ministry Leader ? equip leaders to create healthy Children?s & Family Ministry.
I serve as the Vice President of Global Resources in the Global Mission department at David C. Cook.

I love what I do as it is the outflow of 25 years of ministry experience as Children?s, Family & Administrative Pastor, consultant, trainer, speaker and short-term missions leader.

2 Responses to 5 Ways To Get Yourself & Your Ministry Ready For Easter

  1. Thank you for the reminder of things we need to keep in mind all the time but especially at Easter when we have many new opportunities!

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Instead, understand the grand vision we are pursuing by investing in children’s lives for eternity!

Practice articulating that vision and start sharing it in every conversation. It’s a privilege and honor to be part of such important service, so INVITE people into that opportunity.

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Or does the conversation continue at home throughout the week?

Hopefully the answer is the latter. If it’s not, it’s probably because we aren’t engaging and equipping parents to continue the conversation.

And that’s a problem.

Parents are the primary spiritual investors in a child’s life. Good or bad, this is almost always true.

As Children’s Ministry Leaders, our primary role ought to be to “equip God’s people” (Ephesians 4:12). In our case, I believe that means equip our team to invest in the children of our ministry, and to equip the parents of those children to continue the conversations at home.

If you aren’t engaging & equipping parents to continue the conversations that begin at church, then your ministry is incomplete.

If you are engaging and equipping parents, share an example in the comments of how you do that so the rest of us can learn from you.





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We always hear that children and youth are the church of tomorrow.

Yes, they are.

But they are also part of the church of today.

They are the group most receptive to the Gospel. They are the group most responsive to discipleship.

They also typically represent the largest group in the church, and the one with the most peripheral impact (volunteers, parents, etc).

They are the most vulnerable, physically, spiritually, emotionally and mentally.

Why on earth would we ever think we could “babysit” this group while “real ministry” happens with adults?

The truth is, many (most?) churches are not as healthy or strong as they could be because they lack a thriving focus on perhaps the very group that should receive the greatest focus.

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