Mitch Royer, staff at LifeAustin, joins the podcast to discuss ways to make your Event a “win” and using it to build momentum into your ministry and impact the community.
Events can be the life blood of a ministry. When it comes to events in your ministry, how would you describe what success looks like? What are the steps you’ve created to ensure your events are a “win”? On today’s episode, we chat with Mitch Royer, Children’s Pastor at Life Austin. Mitch helps us think about ways to make an event successful from the beginning of planning to the end result.
In the world of college basketball, an end-of-the-season NCAA tournament creates “March Madness” among fans each spring. Sixty-eight teams are split into brackets and play until they are each eliminated until it is down to the Final Four. (Please note: I really only know this information because (1) I Googled it and (2) one year, my beloved MSU Bulldogs went to the tournament!)
For kids ministry leaders, March represents its own madness as we begin planning for huge summer and fall events.
I recently put out a call on my Facebook page for kids ministry leaders to let me know what their major events were for the year. The answers weren’t surprising:
- Summer Camp
- Fall Festival
- Easter Eggstravaganza
Imagine the four events above in your own “ministry brackets.” Which event would end up being the winner? Which event would drop out the first? Why? Sometimes I wonder if God isn’t going to ask me why I spent so much time on things that didn’t really matter and why I didn’t spend enough time on things that did.
I think that all events work together to bring a holistic approach to your kids ministry. Sometimes, though, in the midst of planning an awesome event, we forget what the end goal is. Do you have a clear goal for what each event will accomplish? Do you know why you are doing the event or is it just something that has always been done? Please know, I’m not saying quit doing events, just don’t lose site of the goal!
Here is a process that I went through a few years ago when I recognized I had lost sight of my end goal for VBS. I was all set to teach preteens. I had spent hours decorating our room and making it themed out just right. On the first day of VBS, we had so many preteens come that we had to change rooms and left all of our decorations behind. And you know what, not one of the 40+ preteens asked where the decorations were. I had spent far too much time getting the walls ready and not nearly enough time getting my heart ready. Again, decorating for VBS isn’t bad, but is our goal just to have the most “tricked out” VBS or to have the most spiritually-changing week of a child’s life?
I wonder how it would change our perspective if we reversed our brackets and started with the goal and worked our way backwards.
Jeff Land loves Life! That’s pretty great, because his job here at Lifeway is the Team Leader for Bible Studies for Life: Kids. Jeff loves his life which is so blessed by his amazing wife, Abbey, and their four sons, Reed, Nash, Will, and Tuck. A natural encourager and fun-lover, look for Jeff’s posts about teacher appreciation and game ideas. When not serving at work, Jeff serves 2nd graders at his church, First Baptist Church, Joelton, TN.
Have you made your reservation for Lifeway’s Kids Ministry Conference 2012? Ifyou haven’t, let me encourage you to check it out and get registered ASAP. This year promises to be one of the best line-ups yet. I can hardly wait to hear from each of the keynote speakers. From the hilarious stories of Lisa Harper to the inspiring worship led by Travis Cotrell… you won’t want to miss one single session. I so enjoy the opportunity to be ministered to during KMC.
This morning I was looking through the listing of workshop options (which can be found on the website) and saw some new faces offering new breakouts and that’s exciting! There are over 50 different workshops scheduled. The hardest part of the whole conference will be choosing your favorite 10 workshops. I’m looking forward to not only leading a couple of these workshops but also sitting in and learning from some of these great leaders in kids ministry.
If that weren’t enough… add Ridgecrest Conference Center and the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in October and you might just have the perfect Kids Ministry Conference.
Early registration is going on now through August 15. After the 15th the fee goes up so don’t wait too much longer to get your name on the roll for KMC 2012! You’ll be glad you did!
For Information and Registration for KMC’12 click HERE!
Today on Lifeway’s VBS Blog, learn more about Backyard Bible Club resources!