How do you anchor values in Scripture, tie them to behavior, and make them inspiring? That's not a skill everyone possesses, but it is a skill everyone can learn. All ministry leaders-paid and unpaid-must reinforce their values to their team on a weekly basis. There are many creative ways to do this, but the simplest way is explaining it to people each week.
For example our children's director will be rotating, on a weekly basis, through her mission, questions, and values.
Mission: A safe, fun place for kids to learn about the gospel.
2 questions: Did you have fun? What did you learn?
Values: Safety, Creative Bible Teaching, Age-appropriate, Relationships, Fun.
Here are 5 simple steps to accomplishing this on a weekly basis.
1. State and Explain the value
2. Share a Scripture that illustrates or highlights this value and explain it
3. Tell a story from the ministry where you saw this done well or poorly
4. Tell what will happen if we all embrace this value
5. Remind people what to do this week to make it happen
1.) You know our five values spell SCARF. It just works out that way :) And the last value is Fun! It's also one of the two questions parents are asking their kids every week, Did you have fun? We want the answer to be a resounding YES! We want this to be a fun place for kids.
2.) In Proverbs 17:22 it says, "A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones." You never know what kind of week a child has had and sometimes the smile and joy that come from having fun are exactly the medicine they need. Ecclesiastes also reminds us that "there is a time to laugh" if it's not children's ministry, then I don't know when that time would ever be!! God made us to have fun, and when we have fun we are speaking the love language of children.
3.) I saw this just last week when Katherine led the game where all the kids were laughing and smiling. That is exactly the kind of environment we want to create. The more of that we have the better!
4.) Imagine if we do this so well that kids are literally dragging their parents back to church. It should be so much fun that kids are bringing their whole family to hear the gospel every single week! 20 years from now I want kids remembering how great church was when they were a kid.
5.) So remember to get down on to their level and when the time is right it's ok to be a little silly.
Of course, there are hundreds of ways to do this creatively, but when it comes to a new skill you need to nail it before you scale it. If you are brand new to this consider writing out what you want to say ahead of time for each of your values. I hope this is helpful. I just wanted to put the cookies on the bottom shelf.