Over the course of a year, there are lots of events that the Children's Ministry plans at my church. But we are just one of many churches in our area. There are four other Nazarene Churches, as well as many Church of God (Anderson) Congregations, plus Baptist, Wesleyan, Methodist, Presbyterian, Assembly of God Churches and more. Most of these churches, if not all of them, have an active Children's Department. Some people would see all these other churches as competitors, but I think it is important that we see them as our Co-Workers in the Kingdom.
Have you talked to the Children's Ministers at the other churches in your area? If you haven't, I would suggest that you do and here are a few reasons why:
They can help you get to know the quirks of the area.
Every place is different and every area has it's own unique quirks. If you are new to an area, these other ministers can answer key questions like:
Is there a specific park that is especially good, or bad for having activities?
Are there community events (parades, fairs, etc) that you should be sure to plan around?
Is there a certain sport or school that seems to take precedence in the area?
Are the schools easy to work with for events. Do they not allow church involvement at all?
They are full of fun ideas
Check out the children's departments in the churches around you. You may not have time to see them all, but see if you can look at a few. You can glean new ideas for decorations, check-in, signs, and many other things. Sometimes, just viewing a new department will get your own creative juices flowing.
They are doing the same job you are...connect with them.
There is something very special about connecting with other Children's Workers and if you have the opportunity to do so, it will be a blessing to not only your ministry, but also to your own personal well being.
We are co-laborers in the Kingdom and we should be supporting one another and helping each other grow. If you haven't already, would challenge you to step out of your comfort zone and connect with another Children's Pastor from a nearby church. We're all on the team. Let's work together. And you might just make a new friend too.
Until next week!