Why don’t they get it? Are they not serving again this week??
Don’t they understand what we’re trying to accomplish here???
Those are just a few questions that echoed in my head Sunday after Sunday during my first year of leading kid ministry.
It was so easy to get frustrated, and if I’m honest, maybe even a little angry as I thought of all the leaders who just couldn’t seem to grasp the importance of what we were trying to accomplish every single week.
And although it’s true that sometimes people just don’t get it, or sometimes they just can’t grasp the vision of where we’re going, the bottom line was that even though I was casting vision, few were following me.
So, I kept asking . . .
Why don’t they know how important this is???
It was clear all my volunteers didn’t know how important this was.
And I finally realized that was my problem.
We can cast the most compelling vision talk at the beginning of every single year, but without an effective way to continue casting vision, that vision will drain out over time— leaving our teams struggling to remember what matters most.
If we aren’t careful, the vision has the potential to become a distant memory when our teams are faced with ministry challenges.
In order for every volunteer to follow our vision, we have to find a better way to communicate not just effectively, but also consistently.
Over the years, I’ve learned there are three key ways to cast vision in your kids’ ministry in order to keep your volunteers focused on what matters most.
1. Cast vision annually (or even quarterly)
Finding time to meet in person (or maybe digitally now), with all the volunteers in your ministry on an annual, or even quarterly basis, is key for casting a big picture of what really matters most in your ministry.
It’s your opportunity to share all at once with every single leader where you’re going and how you plan to get there.
These bigger meetings with all volunteers are the perfect way not only to share the 30,000-foot vision, but even more importantly, to build a strong connected team that shares a common goal of investing in the faith of kids every single week.
These annual, or quarterly, meetings should clearly define your vision and the path toward it. The tone we set at these bigger meetings can likely translate to the tone of the ministry’s vision, so they should definitely also include a huge dose of fun.
2. Cast vision weekly
We can’t depend on the vision we share annually, or even quarterly, to stick with our volunteers over time. As the challenges of ministry rise, it’s easy for our teams to forget what we said months ago.
The obstacles before them become louder than the mission ahead of them. The good news is that we can become strategic about casting vision weekly so that our leaders don’t forget why they’re serving.
One of the most effective ways to cast vision on a consistent, and even weekly basis, is with a volunteer huddle. A volunteer huddle is simply a quick meeting with your team before they serve. It’s a meeting to cast vision, inform your leaders, and pray.
Creating an intentional time and space to remind them in person (or now digitally) of what matters most, and to celebrate how they’re bringing that vision to life, ensures that the vision drips from week to week.
3. Cast vision one-on-one
It’s important that we’re also strategic about casting vision one-on-one with our kidmin volunteers. Whether you’re having coffee with a leader, sending a note of encouragement, or even calling a small group leader, every conversation you have with a leader should leak more of your vision.
When we have an opportunity to connect with volunteers one-on-one, we can remind them of the vision, encourage them to play a bigger part in the vision, and most importantly celebrate when they’re truly moving the vision forward!
These strategic one-on-one conversations also strengthen the relationships within our ministry—allowing us to leverage these connections to clarify any vision confusion and personally help every volunteer focus on what matters most.
When we become strategic about casting vision both effectively and consistently, we have the potential to align our leaders and help them focus on what matters most every single week.