Packed full of practical ideas to organise and plan your ministry, recruit volunteers and avoid burnout and disappointment. A child or parent disillusioned with a Sunday school program could withdraw from the church, but a youngster who experiences a sustainable youth ministry might take the next big step of faith. I especially appreciated the information on safety and security. Do you find yourself working harder and harder to tame the chaos? Appendix D: Core Competencies SamplesAppendix E: Resources for Parents; Appendix F: Preventative Maintenance Calendar; Appendix G: Systems Checklist; Appendix H: For Reflection and Discussion; Notes; Praise for Sustainable Childrenâ x80; x99;s Ministry; About the Authors; More Titles from InterVarsity Press. This is a very easy read with succinct bite size chapters.
Ministry needs to be sustainable as well. The authors understand children and the leaders who minister to them. Sustainable Children's Ministry : From Last-Minute Scrambling to Long-Term Solutions. Plus, with the consistent lack of volunteers for this area of ministry, those working with children in churches may lose hope and energy fast. We would love to hear from you! The authors tackle this problem by providing tangible and practical solutions. From trial and error in their personal experiences, they not only give a berth of relevant examples but also offer resources for any youth ministry, including several appendices ranging from the creation of value statements to establishing clear communication plans with weekly and monthly volunteers.
Whether you're beginning in ministry or on the brink of quitting, this book is a great reminder that it's not about doing ministry alone, but about you and your church thriving as you develop the foundational structure for a fruitful and lasting ministry. This practical resource will help you build a ministry foundation that will still be standing long after you are gone. DeVries and Safstrom emphasize the importance of systems. The simple practicality of this book gives you the ability to apply it as you read. There is much to be learned from them. Sustainable Children's Ministry shows you how to recruit volunteers, partner with parents, navigate politics, and care for your own soul instead of frantically scrambling to do it all yourself.
Sarah is a rising senior at Virginia Theological Seminary. I was also encouraged by the sections that focussed on reaching the wider community and supporting parents and carers to form faith at home with children. It means that you can move away from the last-minute scramble for volunteers, curriculum, and supplies; and instead approach ministry with a detailed, long-term plan. This is an essential read for anyone in the ministry of raising up the next generation. Often, the best way to communicate is by saying the same thing in different ways. Are you a children's ministry leader on the edge of burnout? Interested in reviewing a book, movie, album, or other type of media for our website? And then we walk alongside you to make sure that you build the kind of infrastructure you will need to create the children's ministry you dream of having.
. She practically breaks down how to help you develop systems. Ministers, church leaders, volunteers, and parents work together. Our call is to produce fruit that remains. Reviewed by: Hope Bolinger, a professional writing major at Taylor University. Communication and a clear vision are also important for Safstrom, there are also good guidelines for the individual to guard their own heart before God and to safeguard their own family and down time. Sustainable Children's Ministry shows you how to recruit volunteers, partner with parents, navigate politics, and care for your own soul instead of frantically scrambling to do it all yourself.
Worse, ministers and volunteers will completely burn out. With youth leaders becoming worn out and flustered at the endless to-do list tasks—collaborating the lesson with faulty video technology, organizing attendance spreadsheets, working around the schedules of other workers at the church—it becomes easy for every week to feel like mayhem, during which not much gets accomplished. Flash and fizz can be effective at attracting young families, but without sustainable systems beneath the unforgettable moments, the impact is almost always short-lived. Author: Mark DeVries; Annette Safstrom Publisher: Westmont : InterVarsity Press, 2018. Planning is done collaboratively and strategically. We will help you create a blueprint of exactly how you can move from where you are to where you want to be. This is an excellent read for anyone who is newer into a leadership role and it was also a helpful reminder to someone who has been at this for a little while now.
I appreciate the honesty of Annette's story and experience. For example, sustainable agriculture grows crops year after year without soil depletion; a sustainable running pace allows you to run several miles and still be able to breathe! This practical resource will help you build a ministry foundation that will still be standing long after you are gone. The book deserves a five star rating for its hands-on practicality and playful, absorbing tone. Managing a database, creating an events calendar and a recruitment process are not the most glamorous aspects of ministry with children and probably not what anyone anticipated focussing on when signing up to such a role but these are the key essential functions that undergird a sustainable ministry. Sustainable ministry creates programs that continue year after year, with room for tweaks but not needing major structural changes. Abstract: Are you a children's ministry leader on the edge of burnout? This section includes a general idea that a church should measure its expectations against its input and they will help any leader to think through and implement an effective strategy.
The E-mail message field is required. Sustainable means to be able to do something at a consistent level for an extended period of time. Mark DeVries and Annette Safstrom know how you feel. A context is created in which God can touch lives, with children and youth coming closer to Christ. Both and offer a systemic approach to creating vibrant Christian formation ministries in a parish setting. The principles in this book helped us rework our communication strategy, which has resulted in increased adult volunteer participation.