Until the release of the 2007 feature film The Bucket List, I didn’t know I was supposed to have such a list. In fact I was unfamiliar with the concept of checking off certain “to-do” items before I die, or “kick the bucket.” Bucket lists may include skydiving, bungee jumping, rock climbing, solo flying, bull riding, and so forth. My bucket list is short and fairly risk averse. One item is already checked off: Go to a major NASCAR race.
Maybe you have a long bucket list, or perhaps you have no desire to make such a list. As we begin a new year in a new decade, now may be a good time to think about the things you want to accomplish in kids ministry in the next 12 months, or 10 years.
Keep in mind that a bucket list is not the same as a litany of ministry goals. Goals tend to be challenging, yet attainable. A bucket list disregards barriers, such as budget constraints. As you compose your list, pretend there are no obstacles keeping you from checking off the items. Here are some questions to ask to get you started:
- What is the one kidmin event you want to host?
- What is the one physical item you wish your church would build?
- What is the one thing you want to do to influence kids ministry beyond your local church?
- Who is the one ministry leader you would like to take for coffee?
- What is the one place you would like to visit that could impact your ministry?
Still not convinced a kidmin bucket list is for you? I suggest you try making one that is non-binding. Keep it private, if you so desire. Go ahead, it will be fun!
Landry Holmes is the Manager of Lifeway Kids Ministry Publishing. A graduate of Howard Payne University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Landry served on church staffs before joining Lifeway Kids. He is a church leader, writer, workshop facilitator, and publisher. Landry also teaches children at his church in Middle Tennessee. He and his wife Janetta are the parents of two adult sons and two daughters-in-law, and the grandparents of four adorable grandchildren.