What fuels you? It’s a question that everyone would probably benefit from asking on a regular basis. What are the things in your life that give you energy, that keep you motivated to accomplish all that is on your plate? Ministry is hard. (Can I get an “Amen!”??) It’s even harder when you feel like you are in a rut and doing the same ‘ole things over and over again, week after week. It’s important to find what fuels you so that you stay fresh and relevant. Fuel is going to look different for everyone, but here are a few ideas to get you thinking:
- Find community! This would include community inside AND outside of ministry world. Inside ministry world, it’s important to connect with other KidMin folks to share ideas with and learn from. Outside ministry world, find some folks who are life-giving, encouraging, and FUN. People with no agenda who you can hang out with. If you don’t know people like this, find them, pray and ask God to bring them into your life, and be that person for someone else!
- Don’t stop learning! Take a minute and think about all of the things you don’t know. It’s a lot, right? Your brain is stimulated by new information. Feed it! Read books. Listen to podcasts. Watch a documentary. Go to a museum. Find someone that is smarter than you and ask them questions. Learn about things that interest you. Learn about things that are relevant to your ministry and about things that have nothing to do with ministry. Learn how to be a better leader. Learn about child development and how a fifth grade boy’s brain works. After all, if you aren’t learning new things, then all you know is all you know.
- Keep the end in mind! Why do you do what you do? Carve out some time once a month (maybe even once a week!) to evaluate what you are doing in your ministry and how it fits into your strategy. Doing something just because it’s what you have always done is draining. Quit it. Do ministry that matters.
Talk to us. How do you make sure you don’t get stuck spinning your wheels in ministry? What fuels you?
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