This is one of my favorite questions to ask other kidmin leaders, particularly those who are serving in different or bigger environments than me. So what do your Sunday mornings look like? Here is what I primarily do on Sunday mornings:
1. Evaluate. Jim Wideman uses the term of using your “MBWA” – management by walking around. The main reason I don’t teach weekly anymore is because when I am in a room I can not see what is happening everywhere else. And if I can’t see what is happening everywhere else, I can’t know what is working and what isn’t. If I don’t know what is not working I can’t fix it. And that’s kinda my job.
2. Love volunteers. I try to at least wave to every volunteer in preschool and elementary on Sunday mornings. This is another area that is hard. Before last fall, I only had one area of responsibility on one campus. I could invest lots of time in one area of volunteers. But now I am spread a little more thin which means I get to speak to more people, but I just can’t get in-depth with all of them. I miss that. But I can with some, and even more importantly, I know that they have awesome leaders who do know more and get to have conversations weekly.
3. Greet families. I try to be in high traffic areas during transitions so I can speak to as many families as possible. Even small connections go a long way.
4. Visit other campuses. We started our second campus last fall and will launch our third at the end of this year. I try to go to our second campus at least twice a month. Sometimes I go and stay the whole service, serving wherever they need me. Sometimes I just go and say hello to volunteers and families as they are coming in. I haven’t quite figured out how that will look with a third campus, but my intent is to regularly encourage and support the staff there.
6. Go to big church. I’ll be real with you that I haven’t done a great job this summer, but it is super important to me that I go to church regularly with my husband. It is way too easy to get caught in the never-ending problem solving on the children’s hall and never make it in with the big people. Go to church! Worship God. Don’t neglect your own spiritual growth.
7. Meet with kids about baptism. Sundays are still pretty tough, but by not being in a classroom all the time I can counsel with kids about taking their next steps in trusting Christ.
8. Teach occasionally. One of the hardest things for me to hand over to volunteers was teaching in that elementary large group environment. I love it. But there were other people that God wanted to raise up to invest in those kids and I was more useful doing other things. However, I feel it is important to still teach every now and then to maintain that connection with kids and volunteers.
Is this what my Sundays have always looked like? Absolutely not. Is this how everyone’s Sundays should look? Not necessarily. You need to structure your world in the ways that you can be most effective in your culture and context. If your ministry consists of twenty kids who all meet in the same room at the same time, you are likely most effective smack dab in the middle of them.