Recently we have been activating a new philosophy in ministry and it’s working… at least for us. We started looking through the eyes of the average churchgoer to see what they see when they look at our ministries – how do they view it and why? We saw that we looked desperate: Our recruitment method was to start calling people on the phone and saying “Hey, If you could help us out – that would be really great… any chance?” we would get reluctant “yeses” but only because they felt sorry for us. I decided to take it up a notch. Our current team began to draft job descriptions of the positions that we needed to fill. We put together sharp sign-up materials with – get this – requirements to be met. We started giving the perception that this ministry is valuable and you should be a part of it.
I thought about investors. If some guy showed up and handed me a sheet of paper and said, “Hey, I’m trying to get people to invest with my firm – here’s a little photo-copy of our information… what do ya say? Can you help me out here?” You or I would laugh out loud and tell the guy to get lost! But if some guy showed up with a portfolio of information that was top notch and said “I would love it if you would look through this packet – you’ll see that we are the top firm in this area. Check the list of requirements and see if you qualify…” the first thing we would do is open it up… find the list of requirements and see if we qualify.
What are you doing to add value to your ministry?
I have just finished reading a great book by children’s entertainer and author, Samuel Patrick Smith or Sammy Smith, as he has become known. Here is the title and the description form his website:
Have you read this one yet? You can read it in one evening at home, but the benefits to your performing may last a lifetime… Learn from tips and advice gathered from some of the greatest magicians of the last 25 years.
The book covers a bunch of stuff that those of us in large group presentation situations find ourselves in. Everything from timing to making an entrance to getting the audience to react.
You may be thinking – I don’t perorm, I minister! Yep, so do I. But I want to make the most of every moment and if a kid will pay closer attention to me becasue I timed the words that I was saying to get him to sit on the edge of his seat… or I get the entire room to excitedly say the verse with me because I used an audience management technique – then, I’m making a great impact.
You can get the bood from Sammy’s Website
I am so pumped about some new developments in our church. Just today I bought a lazer-tape gadget that uses a lazer beam to measure distance. It can then add the linear distances together and figure out square footage of a room. (Or cubic footage if you care).
Why did I buy this gadget for $19.95 us at Menard’s? Because we are expanding the children’s ministry into some newly acquired warehouse space (We own a warehouse as a church). It will give us the ability to have a secure children’s ministry wing and TRIPLE the size of our square footage. So, I have been measuring every room that we have currently to figure out what we need, what we want and what we can do. If you could triple the size of your children’s area, what would you do?