August is characterized by transition.
In the CentriKid Camps world, I have just returned from directing a summer of camp, and am jumping back into working in the office. The pace doesn’t really change much, but the work certainly does. At camp there are 28 other staff to guide, campers asking questions about what faith in Christ really means, and adults who are excited about what God is doing in their lives and in the lives of campers during the week…and back in the office there are grids to analyze, plans to make, and a great summer of missions to celebrate. Transition is good, but it also can be a difficult adjustment.
In your children’s ministry, kids are moving into the children’s ministry, up to a new class, or graduating out of it. Parents are experiencing the transition from summer to school time. Maybe staff positions at your church are in a time of transition. Transition can be difficult, stretching, and rewarding.
During times of transition, I challenge you to do these three things:
1. Don’t rest on the change, press for growth that can be a result of the change.
2. Don’t just persevere through it, seek growth, see the Lord’s face in it, and seek what He is trying to teach you.
3. Rethink your strategies. Make other changes that you see necessary. Use this transitional time to begin new things and to set out to do things differently.
4. Set new goals for yourself. I tend to set goals like zero out inbox everyday, schedule time to work on “x” each week instead of waiting until it is approaching, etc.