Wonder how to make ministry last beyond Sunday mornings? The answer lies in the relationships you build outside of the Sunday morning setting.
1) Get out of the office. Get into the schools and have lunch. Establish a relationship with school administrators. Obtain parental permission and make sure that you follow all school visitor guidelines. Kids will be so proud to show you off and introduce you to their friends. This is a great way to be able to talk about your upcoming ministry events.
2) Consult the school calendar. Plan a trip for the 5th grade boys to Pizza Hut for lunch during Fall Break. Take the 4th graders to McDonald's for breakfast during Spring Break. These don't have to be all day events but, rather, just an hour or so. Kids love the opportunity to have something to do on these days. Why not get out there and let them see you in a setting other than the "church world" view they normally get?
3) Discover what makes your kids tick. Are they involved in sports or drama? Schedule a time when you can go and observe them in action. Go to a game, attend a play. Send them a note afterwards telling them how proud of them you are.
4) Send a birthday card with a coupon for ice cream with their pastor. Make coupons that kids can redeem for a pop or an ice cream with the pastor. A great outing that says "you matter to me".
Long term ministry involves relationship. Relationships are enhanced outside of church. Set aside one hour per week to intentionally develop these relationships. You'll be glad you did.
What do you do to intentionally develop relationships outside of church with kids?