I am still pretty new to the KidMin world. However, what I hear often from leaders, volunteers, and parents is that they do not always get the why or the vision of the ministry. Parents struggle to understand what the volunteers are doing, volunteers struggle with understanding the decision of leadership, and the leader struggles with trying to answer everyone’s questions while making time to take care of the ministry. If you are KidMin leadership you know what I am talking about. KidMin staff around the globe jump from one thing to another with the hopes of trying to stay on top of everything. In fact there is even a t-shirt out there for KidMin staff that reads “Children’s Pastor only because full time multitasking ninja is not an actual job title“. Stop trying to accomplish your ministry alone and cast a vision that allows others to serve with you. To fix this problem I think it’s time for all of us in KidMin do a vision checkup. To do this I want to look at three elements: what a KidMin vision statement is, what it is not, and what it needs to be.
What A KidMin vision statement is:
- A solution to a problem. If you have kids that are not connecting then your vision should prioritize relationships. If you want scripture to be at the forefront of everything you do, then put that in the statement. At the end of the day, a vision statement is the thesis of an individual ministry.
- A filter that helps you accomplish your goals. Vision statements are short and sweet. They do not include the 5-step plan you are going to put in place to change your ministry. However, any 5-step plan you create needs to fit within the mold laid out by your vision.
- An aerial view of an intricate ministry. A vision statement establishes the baseline of the overall ministry. If your vision is to teach the Bible and have fun then that is all you say. When you start to include all the details and elements of your ministry the vision becomes watered down and lacks focus. Making other incapable of understanding how to fulfill the vision.
What A KidMin vision statement is not:
- You creating a ministry separate from the church. Every KidMin vision statement has to support the mission of the church. By creating a vision statement that does not support your church’s mission you are effectively undermining the church through it’s youngest members.
- Permanent. The mission never changes, but culture does. A vision statement should not be changed often, but it cannot be set in stone. God calls each of us in different ways. There may come a time when you need to shift or change the vision of your KidMin. In doing so make sure that this shift still matches the DNA of your church.
- Made by one person. Any decision of this level should never be made alone. If you think it is time to change your vision take it to church leadership and get their thoughts. If they agree on the shift create a team from within your volunteers. With this team begin praying and discussing what this new vision could be. By including volunteers from the start you avoid having to communicate they need for this change later.
What A KidMin vision statement needs to be:
- Memorable- Keep it simple and easy to remember. This is not a hard concept, but one that is lost often. If you want people to remember it make it memorable, after all it is a statement, not a book.
- Doable- Create a vision that allows for growth, but do not create an unreachable goal. Within a vision, there are levels and steps that you must go through to get to the end goal. There is nothing wrong with setting a high vision as long as the steps to accomplish it are clear.
- Flexible. A good vision statement needs to set firm standards for the ministry. However, within these standards needs to be flexibility for the different parts of the ministry to operate. If you create a vision that does not allow for some flexibility as you grow you put an expiration date on that vision from the start.
Now I know this list is not an all-inclusive list for establishing a vision. Yet, at the same time, I hope it is a starting point to begin or revisit a conversation about the vision of your KidMin. It may seem like a lot to go through, but by casting a clear vision for your ministry you allow others to join you in your mission. So set aside all the multitasking every once and a while and make sure that the vision is clear and you are not alone in accomplishing it. Because at the end of the day no matter how much you can accomplish alone is never as much as you can accomplish with a team.