We had a Reilly family tradition which called everyone (kids and adults) to decide by Memorial Day what we’d commit to for the next school year as a family. Negotiations took place to be sure we were best able to balance our calendars, our finances, and our heads. This resulted in a gift of regularly reminding everyone in the family of our mutual commitment to our discipleship and relationship with Jesus and the local church as our priority. This was long before I became a local church staff member. This was far from a formal meeting and more like multiple mini-conversations in the car, around the dinner table, and while doing laundry. There was plenty of time for PTA, marching band, drama plays, school, soccer, and vacation time, but only as it worked around our priority of discipleship.
Wouldn’t I want to provide the same healthy habit for the families I serve in the local church?
This last Sunday, we passed out an ‘Intention Postcard’ to our current team and to our families. I’ll begin passing them out as other regular programming takes place in the next two weeks, as well.
Thank you for serving on the McEachern Kids Dream Team this school year with your presence, your preparation, your faithfulness, your smile, your joy and so much more. It is with great appreciation that we wish for you to take a jubilee…a time of rest and refreshment…this summer for June and July.
You were an answer to prayer when you said, “Yes!” to serve this year and I can’t thank you enough.
As we begin to pray and prepare for the next school year, we humbly ask you to prayerfully consider how and where you wish to continue serving on the McEachern Kids Dream Team come August.
Please return this card to me by Mother’s Day.
o I want to stay with this grade level in Sunday school.
o I want to stay in my role in Sunday school, but with another grade level. __________
o I want to loop-up with my current class to the next grade level.
o I want to begin to lead a Sunday school class (one month on, one month off)
o I want to stay in my role on Tuesday Bible Study
o I want to learn more about Tuesday night Bible Study 6-7:30pm
o I want to stay in my role in monthly CLUB345
o I want to learn more about monthly CLUB345
o I want to begin serving in the new, monthly K2 Club
o I want to learn more about the new, monthly K2 Club
o I want to serve on Special Projects
o I want to serve on summer Sundays
o I want to serve on summer Thursdays (VBS drive-ins)
o I want to serve on the tech team
o I want to serve on the Sunday Hospitality team
o I want to serve on the Hospitality team (other than Sundays)
o I want to serve on the McEachern Kids missions team
o I want to serve on the McEachern Kids Apologetics team
o I want to serve __________________________
o I want to take a year off
o I want to serve and I’ve got an idea!
How will you invite your team to return, invite your team to take a time of rest, invite your team to share their ideas and needs, AND trust our great God to provide for the harvest? This is HIS holy work. We are invited to play in His sandbox and have the faith He will show up and show off among His people. This I know: The laborers will always seem few. The harvest will always be great. Our great God can multiply fire and enthusiasm among His own to draw people close to know His love and His Son.
It’s been my experience that ‘staffing’ for the giftedness and passions of our leaders is better than placing people in places/positions I need. Knowing who has offered their best YES this far in advance, and where, will give me the margin to prayerfully consider what the fall and next season could look like. Recruiting never stops. It only looks different in different seasons. I prefer not doing things the way they’ve always been done, so this is a best practice for me and the families we serve to innovatively consider ‘what’s in my hand?’ for the next school year in 60-90 day blocks.
Anyone else have the prayer prompt “Lord, who?” written in sharpie on the car windshield? What is your process?
“Your ministry will always be better if you have volunteers/servant leaders who are recruited early, who are well trained, and who give you their best YES.” The Sustainable Ministry Show podcast, episode 084