Last year, I taped a quote to my computer that inspires me:
Momentum has never been triggered by tweaking something old. That’s because in order to create momentum, there must be evidence of noticeable improvement over the old.
I read this quote after God prompted me to launch a preteen ministry for 4th and 5th graders at my church. This was a new initiative — out with the old and in with the new!
For the past seven months, my planning team (comprised of current leaders and a few parents) and I have met to pray and make plans for our launch this fall. We have written our vision, developed our core values, chosen our format (large group/small group), reviewed and selected our curriculum, planned our topics for the ministry year, set our calendar of events, repainted our space and recruited additional leaders.
As we make our final preparations, we have one more important task: creating momentum.
Here’s our plan:
- Promote, promote, promote! We will promote through our church website, social media, posters, and word of mouth.
- Personal invitations. Each of our 4th and 5th graders will receive a postcard, letting them know when we launch and what to expect.
- Leader training. It is important for our leaders to be hear the vision and their role in this new venture. We hope to impart a contagious excitement!
- New space. Our preteens will be moving into a newly decorated space, complete with foosball tables, basketball hoops other cool touches that will knock their socks off. We will have music blaring that will let them know, “This space is just for us!”
- New format. We are moving from a classroom-style format to large group/grade and gender-specific small groups. This will probably be one of the most recognizable changes the preteens will notice!