I know that was a mouthful of a title. If you’re still reading this I thank you. If I lost you at creeper, I totally understand. I promise tomorrow’s title will be shorter.
Connecting with kids on the weekend is easy. Kids show up and together we play games, sing worship songs, teach the Word, there’s some kind of small group time, and they leave. That in a nutshell is what a typical Children’s Ministry weekend looks like.
But how do we take things to the next level? How can we as leaders help our volunteers have a presence in kids lives outside the weekend? We think our volunteers wouldn’t be interested in that because they’re too busy, when in fact most actually are. Here’s 1 super easy tip to help do this:
Do one thing, for one kid, once a week.
Let me explain.
If you’re anything like me, sometimes you have an all or nothing mentality. You either feel you have to do everything in one sitting or not do it at all. That’s an extremist attitude, which is not great in every situation (I’d start a support group but I’m too busy with other things). We have to start cutting ourselves some slack. We have to start living a little more with this motto:
Something is better than nothing.
Instead of telling our volunteers to do something for all of their kids every single week (which is impossible, unless they are a self-made millionaire who gets to do whatever they want ,whenever they want, and even some of those guys STILL can’t do that because they’re out safeguarding the city at night as a superhero) challenge them to do just one thing, for one kid, once a week.
What does that look like exactly?
It can be as simple as writing one kid a “Thinking of You” card during their lunch break. It can be singing “Happy Birthday” to them while driving home (just make sure it’s actually their birthday). It can be going to one kid’s game on a Saturday morning. There’s lots of things you can do that don’t take a lot of time (I’ve listed 40 of them here, here, here, and here).
This week don’t try to do something for everyone. Focus on doing one thing, for one kid, once a week. It may not seem like much but the relational capital you’ll build will astound you.
What’s one thing you will encourage your volunteers to do for their kids outside the weekend this week?