Want a great way to communicate with leaders you lead or your ministry workers? Consider using an email newsletter.
Below is an example of one I just launched today. I call it Monday Motivation for KidMin Leaders, and as you can see it’s designed to keep ministry leaders in the loop about ministry activities, encourage collaboration and problem solution, and motivate the hard work of your ministry staff. It will be sent out every Monday morning.
Another good way it can be used to build trust and camaraderie is if you from time to time you mention birthdays, anniversaries and other special moments in your team’s life.
The round-up of what’s happening in the ministries is a good way to show interest in and promote what different leaders are doing in the various churches (if you oversee a region as I do).
Your first attempt may not be perfect. In fact, I would not encourage you to make long newsletters all the time, although I have done so here. One screen length is short enough.
And always give people the option to unsubscribe if they are not interested in receiving your newsletter.
I’m sharing this just to give you an idea of how to put together one.
Should you use regular email or purchase a subscription emailing system like Mail Chimp or Aweber? That will depend on the size of your email list. If you have a large group of recipients like 25 and over, then you can invest in one of those systems for a more efficient way of managing your emailing.
I didn’t need that as I have only seven recipients on my email list who submitted their emails on the attendance register at a recent meeting.
Notice the links I included to my blog. I placed these intentionally. I want to include the ministries in my blog and this is my way of introducting them to the resources they can find here, and gaining some followers hopefully too.
What communication method do you use to keep your team in the loop? Share in the Comments section below.
MONDAY MOTIVATION FOR CHILDREN MINISTRY LEADERS — FEBRUARY 9, 2015
Just wishing everyone a Happy Monday (albeit a lot late in the day, right?)
Welcome to Monday Motivation for Children Ministries leaders. I want to also use this newsletter as a weekly communication tool to give you some encouragement to your ministry. To do this, I will share a brief inspirational message, as well as resources and ministry ideas you can explore and expand on to help you run an effective children ministry department.
But I certainly don’t have all the ideas of how to do this stored up somewhere.
Most if not all of you are doing some fine things in your ministries at your churches. So how about sharing them with me so I can include them in this email newsletter? For example, what are the challenges and pressing problems you are experiencing in running your ministry?
Share it with us, and let’s see what solutions can be found. Or if you have found a solution, then share it with the rest of us. Maybe another ministry leader here has encountered the same problem, and has found a fix for it. Maybe Sis Bailey can use her influence and position at the Conference to point you in the direction to find the resources or answers you need.
Another thing I want to introduce in this newsletter is a weekly roundup of all the events that will be happening or that happened in your ministry on the weekend. What’s your next project? Fundraising for your Children’s Department building as Sharon Coombs is doing now up at Hellshire?
Did you snag some publicity for your ministry on NCU FM’s Children’s Time this weekend as Devon Small over at Waterford did on the weekend? Share with me and the rest of the team what you have up your sleeve, so we can support you and probably visit you and be a part of your programmes.
My dream is to see our ministries and our children networking and socialising more. When kids form friendships in the church, they stay in the church, wouldn’t you agree?
So that’s it. Oh, before I forget, I’d love to introduce you to my blog. When I mentioned it to you at the last meeting, many of you were clueless as to what I am talking about. Here’s a link to a post I wrote last September with some resources that you can connect to get lots of ideas and free worksheets, music etc for your ministry. It’s meant to inspire your Sabbath School teachers, so feel free to share with them. Here it is. http://wp.me/p4UV2V-3Z
Just click on it and it will take you to the page. Click on Home at the top of the page and it will take you to my archives with lots of other posts I’ve written. You can also find my home page here: https://karentaylorministries.wordpress.com/ or you can google the name of my blog, Kids Who Love the Lord.
Scroll through and read as much as you like. If you’d like to receive an email every time I post, look for the button top right of the page marked Follow blog by email and click Follow.
I’d like to share sharing your news from your ministries as well, so send me photos of your Sabbath School. Here are some other ways I’d like you to share your ministry stories: http://wp.me/P4UV2V-ei
Today’s Meditation comes from 2 Corinthians 12: 8-10
…8Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. 9And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. 10Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
Enjoy the rest of your week, and stay motivated with this song: His Strength is perfect :
Karen Taylor Bennett
Children Ministries Zone Leader – Portmore