Last week many churches across the country hosted huge events for Halloween. Many of you out in the Kidmin world are tired, but thoughts of your big day bring a smile to your face. It was a good day! But whether you serve in a small, medium or large church, it was HUGE for you!
I’ve learned that after a big event it’s good to be intentional about three things:
1. Thank the people who served with me. As leaders in Children’s Ministry, none of us can do this alone. I always remind myself that I & my staff get paid to do this, but my volunteers have all put in long weeks elsewhere and serve on their own time. I need to have a grateful spirit and be sure to express it.
- Send a mass email to volunteers sharing some great stories and saying thanks.
- Make a few calls to core leaders to say thanks and have a laugh about that “situation” that didn’t go exactly right but worked out anyway.
- Write a few notes to those who don’t serve regularly but helped out for the big event.
- Submit a slide for the “big house” announcement loop or note in the bulletin for next weekend.
2. Think about what went right and what went…not so right. Though you are tired, now is the time when everything is fresh in your mind, so capture the thoughts in order to do better next time.
- Carry a small note pad with you and just jot down notes as you think about them. (I used to always carry a Moleskine to capture ideas, thoughts, etc. Now I just use Evernote on my Iphone).
- Send a quick email to your core leaders asking them for feedback.
- Schedule a specific time with your staff (and/or core leaders) to evaluate the event (I like to do this as Starbucks, or over lunch – it’s another way to say thanks).
3. Thaw You are tired! Some of you are looking like this gal on the right! So it’s time to just chillout and relax! Be intentional about rest. Jesus was…why in the world wouldn’t we be???
- I always have avoided taking Mondays off because I don’t want my “family time” to be when I most tired. However, after a big event you might think about taking the next day off just to rest, if at all possible.
- Another line of thought is to work the day after the event – cleanup, evaluate and get things in order for the following week so it’s not on your mind when you are resting – and then take the following day to rest.
- The point is to find a time to rest that works for you. And during this time, do whatever it is that energizes you. Sleep, go to a movie, read a book, exercise, or whatever. But be as intentional about your downtime as you are about your worktime.
I hope and pray that you all had great events at your church. Now, be sure to Thank, Think & Thaw! And share with us some other tips for that “after the big event” week.