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In recent years, EVALUATION has become a buzzword in ministry. Growing up a preacher’s kid, I distinctly remember phrases like, “We’re not growing in number, but we’re growing in depth,” or “It doesn’t matter how many people show up if one person gives his or her life to Jesus, it’s worth it.” I also remember my dad shaking his head and saying, “No. If we can’t measure success, it’s time and money wasted.” I’m not speaking in absolutes. I’m sure there are actions you could take or ministries you could launch to further God’s kingdom that would be difficult to measure. However, I also know that defining victory increases your odds of success.
Family Ministry is one big puzzle made up of a thousand different pieces. It would be simple if we could look at our teams and say, “I trust you. Now go do a good job!” The problem is that success, if not defined, is subjective. Everyone will have a different take and those varying perspectives may not align with the purpose or vision of your ministry.
Policies, procedures, standards, and systems don’t handcuff your teams, they free them. They grant the authority necessary to meet expectations. They empower volunteers to identify solutions within the parameters you’ve set, and they clearly define boundaries. I call this the infrastructure of EVALUATION…the secret sauce, if you will. In a multisite model, a strong foundation is essential if you want excellence to translate from one location to another, but that requires a clear set of blueprints. Below you will find a list to help get you started.
Room Ratios / Small Group Ratios
Toy Replacement / Standards
Signage Requirements / Standards
Large Group Quality Control (Run-through / Actors)
Minimum Standards (By Area)
Policy and Procedures
First Time Guest Welcome Procedure
First Time Guest Follow-Up Plan
Special Needs Family Procedures
Child Bathroom Policy
Diaper Changing Policy
Infant Feeding Procedures
Snack Restrictions / Policy
Check-In / Check-Out Procedures
Room Opening / Closing Procedures
Tear-down / Set-up Procedures
Incident Reporting System
Safety / Security Standards
Active Shooter Policy
Curriculum Distribution Procedures
Transition(s) Plan (Small Group / Large Group)
Parent Paging System (During the Service)
Volunteer Communication / Feedback Plan
New Volunteer On-boarding Procedures
Volunteer Training / Coaching Plan
Volunteer Appreciation Plan
Volunteers’ Children Care Plan
Volunteer Dress Code
Supply Needs / Communication Procedures
Setting clear expectations for your teams allows for advancement and accountability. This list isn’t a catchall. As your ministry changes and expands, additional policies and procedures may be necessary. Your current systems and standards will most likely be null and void a year from now if you’re experiencing growth. If there’s a secret sauce to multisite ministry, it’s EVALUATION. Building the infrastructure in advance will ensure you’re ready for all God has planned for your ministry.
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At one point or another you’ve probably said, “I have the best job in the world!”—and in the moment you whole-heartedly meant it. You love what you do, or at least you’re in love with the idea of what you do. Investing in the next generation ensures the continuation of the gospel. That should be motivation enough, right? Unfortunately, it’s not. I’m not saying you shouldn’t have an emotional connection to your ministry. I am saying your calling is more than a vague and overarching purpose statement. Your “why” has to be specific to you. What keeps you up at night? What gets your heart racing? What singular topic occupies your thoughts and the majority of your conversations?
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Have you ever looked at your ministry and been completely stumped? Have you ever had an insane urgency to sing an ode to the Beatles and break out with, “Help! I Need Somebody!” You’re not alone. We’ve all found ourselves at that crucial crossroads.
For the past 17 years, I’ve had the privilege to minister to children and families. At the age of 19, I took my first children’s director position. I was wide-eyed and passionate with big dreams. I can honestly say God has guided my path and allowed me to pursue greater opportunities than I could have possibly imagined. The past six years saw me leading the children’s ministry of one of the largest and fastest growing churches in America. It was an incredible journey.
About six months ago, my husband and I made a major transition in our life. We went on staff with Orange and began helping churches all over the globe better minister to kids, students and families. I also began consulting and coaching with leaders and ministries from around the country.
Whether you need a one time comprehensive evaluation or are interested in establishing on ongoing coaching relationship, I believe I can HELP.
My areas of expertise extend to children’s ministry multisite and launching, volunteer recruitment, coaching and appreciation, preschool and elementary age programming, systems, standards, atmosphere, staff culture, and time management and personal health.
Despite the demand of writing, speaking and managing the craziness of a six-person household, I have elected to open three additional consulting slots as we head into fall.
As summer quickly comes to a close and your church begins preparing for a SGS (strategic growth season), it’s always nice to have a new set of eyes and fresh ideas. I would love to partner with you and your team as we set the stage for God to move in miraculous ways!
If you’re interested in learning more, leave a comment below.
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I married my high school sweetheart. Frank was the lead guitarist in a local band, two years older than I, a rebel with a cause, and he was hopelessly in love with me. The good news…I felt the same. I was smitten, and at the age of nineteen I stood before God, friends, and family and promised to love him forever. I always have and I always will, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t experienced bumps along the way. As I mentioned, we were practically kids when we recited our vows. We literally grew up together. In the sixteen years we’ve been married, we’ve traveled the world, changed jobs a half dozen times, lived in four states, flipped eight houses, had three children, adopted a fourth, fought off a debilitating disease, and clearly heard the call to fulltime ministry, which required a 70 percent pay decrease.
Of all that we’ve experienced, the call to ministry was by far the most challenging, and it wasn’t because of the reduction in our finances. Read more. Click HERE.
“The next generation needs someone who has gone before them to be for them.” – Gerald Fadayomi
“Do you want to see my face? Was it what you were expecting?” – Danielle Strickland
“Jesus liked parties because Jesus loved people.” – Reggie Joiner
“We’ve got to stop acting like discipleship is about information and realize discipleship is about relationship.” – Reggie Joiner
“Some of your neighbors feel like you don’t love them becaue you act like you don’t like them.” – Reggie Joiner
Main Session 2
“The hardest thing in ministry with children is you don’t always get to see the results.” – Jon Acuff
“Freedom is not just an outside job, it’s an inside job.” – Danielle Strickland
“God is really in love with people, and you can’t dismiss people and be right with God.” – Andy Stanley
“If we’re not careful – intentional – we’ll orient children and students toward obeying invisible God rather than loving visible people.” – Andy Stanley
“What does love require of me?” – Andy Stanley
“Horizontal morality is less complicated but more demanding.” – Andy Stanley
“My generosity is because of what God has already given to me.” – Andy Stanley
Main Session 3
It was SERIOUSLY night….so seriously, I don’t have anything constructive to post…except that, “As Christians we should laugh more!”
Main Session 4
“God wants to show us radical grace. When we get to be a part of that, it changes us.” – Mike Foster
“We’re going to celebrate the misfits and the marginalized.” – Mike Foster
“If I’m going to reach outsiders, I’m going to have to go outside.” – Ryan Leak
Main Session 5
“Social media posts from churches are 99% about the church. What if our social media highlighted the community?” – Jeff Henderson
“A Neighbor minded church allows people to BELONG before they BELIEVE!” – Jeff Henderson
“A Neighbor minded church creates common ground instead of dividing lines.
Main Session 6
“We need to love schools without an agenda.” – Nicole Fulgham
“Sometimes I’m reluctant to get out of my comfort zone to meet my neighbors.” – Kara Powell
“The Gospel champions cause, not comfort.” – Kara Powell
“Love everybody always.” – Bob Goff
“I’m not trying to be RIGHT anymore. I’m trying to be JESUS.” – Bob Goff
“Don’t JESUS at them, just love them.” – Bob Goff
“God doesn’t want your help. He wants your heart.” – Bob Goff
Main Session 7
“We cannot afford to be in the conversations and dialogues at the level the world is. We have to raise the standard.” – Bernice King
“We have to be willing to lead the community and connect with someone who doesn’t look like us.” – Bernice King
“We’ll never all agree, but at the end of the day, we can find win-win solutions.” – Bernice King
“What killed my father was indifference and apathy and the absense of the people of God and the spirit of God.” – Bernice King
“If you hold a grudge long enough, that grudge will start holding you.” – Jud Wilhite
“The devil wants to take your bitterness and hurt and make it a foothold that he can make a stronghold.” – Jud Wilhite
“You’re free, but you’ve got to walk in it.” – Jud Wilhite
Main Session 8
“If you’ll live for people’s acceptance, you’ll die from their rejection.” – Lecrae
“I may not condone everything you do, but I’m not there to condemn you.” – Lecrae
“When we are for our neighbors, we do more than just talk about it.” – Doug Fields
“There’s one Savior, and you’re not it.” – Doug Fields
“I’m suggesting a life that is less activity and more love.” – Doug Fields
“Busy is the enemy of neighborly.” – Doug Fields
“Go with confident expectation that God’s power is going to show up!” – Doug Fields