Student and children’s ministry can be rewarding, exhausting, exciting, and more. Feel free to in your own adjective. And if you like me, you want to have a great ministry that is organized, relatable, life-changing, eventful, and relational to both students AND parents.
We love to find the newest and greatest materials that will help with our vision for our ministry. My e-mail is full of ads from para church organizations wanting me to purchase the latest sermon series, newsletters, skits, leadership training material, camps, conferences, and subscription opportunities. And yes, it actually bothers me that they try so hard to get the sale. I wonder if that alone compromises the mission, but that’s another post. There is nothing wrong with partnering with an organization/ministry to help you accomplish your vision.
But before you get hung up on all that’s out there, a few questions must be asked;
1) What is my vision for my ministry?
You can’t rely on someone else to provide you with that vision. The vision has to be for what you see in your ministry in your city. So how do you determine your vision? Some may argue that a vision is for 5 or 10 years of ministry. I would caution you not be be “locked in”. Check your vision every 2 years and make sure your demographic hasn’t changed.
2) What are my expectations?
What do you want to accomplish using the curriculum? Does it help you with your point of ministry or are yo sold because of the graphics. One thing I’ve learned is just because they can sell you with one great video or sermon, doesn’t mean it’s the best fit for the long haul.
3) Will this work for the long haul or is it a short fix?
Sometimes we can get in a stale spot and we search for something that will fire us and the ministry up. I don’t see anything wrong with something that will help you set the fire again. However, find something that will be able to partner with you for the long haul.
After being in the ministry for a long time I am dialed into a specific curriculum that I love.
For our Wednesday night ministry we use XP3 Orange. I love Orange because it’s not just a curriculum, it’s a strategy. Our vision for Ignite is to fuel passion among teens. We do this with partnering with parents AND through our small group discussions. Orange helps equip me so I can equip my leaders.
Our Sunday morning Middle School ministry using Simply Youth Ministry’s Live. It’s really a small group oriented material that we customize for a big group study AND small group time.
So, I use the following to help us in our ministry:
What questions would you add?