Setting Goals

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If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.  This is also true in Kids Ministry.

Every year I take time with my team to evaluate and celebrate things that happened the previous year and think about what we need to focus on for the upcoming year.  I give my leaders a checklist of things to start the creative thinking process:

  1. Do you have enough volunteers?
  2. What does your room look like?  Is it tidy & organized? Counters cleaned off, cupboards organized?
  3. Signs – Posted in appropriate locations?
  4. Schedules – Are they posted in volunteer areas?
  5. Curriculum – Printed? photocopied? Bins ready to go?
  6. Sets & Props for Large Group Time?
  7. Music – CDs ready to go in the room? Worship Teams ready & on same page?
  8. Small Group Bins – Ready to go?  Do they need any basic supplies?
  9. Room Supplies – All stocked up?
  10. Toy Cleaning – Do you have times/dates scheduled for this?
  11. Meeting with your Volunteer Team – Large Group Teachers? Room Leaders?
  12. Welcome Letter/email from you to your volunteers.

Once they read through this list of questions, I ask them to write down 3 goals for each of the following categories:

  1. 3 months from now
  2. 6 months from now
  3. 12 months from now

Every year I am amazed at the goals that they come up with.  They set the bar high & go beyond what I had hoped for.  We take time in our meeting to give everyone a chance to share their goals.  This helps build the sense of team as they share their ideas with each other.  Each month at our meetings we review these goals & check-in to see how they are doing with them.  More times than not, they accomplish their goals well before their target date.  I am reminded every Leaders Meeting about the importance of setting goals, reviewing them & taking time to celebrate the things that God is doing!

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