When you're working with children, it's easy to become caught up in the weekly momentum of lesson preparation and rosters and finding resources, knowing that the next week's deadline is always on the horizon. There's a danger that you could suddenly realise that it has been months since you and your team have thought about, or wrestled with, the details and the big picture of where you're going in children's ministry. Next Sunday is, at most, seven days away, and so our urgency can get the better of us.
As Scott McClelland (Collide magazine) puts it: 'Whatever routine you find yourself in, you must be intentional about rising above it. Block off time to re-imagine, to pull things apart and mix up the pieces. This seems like the best way to discover something new about your work, while also making sure that the things you carry over from week to week to week, project to project, are actually worth keeping. Carry over that which is best, not that which is convenient. In order to know the difference, you're going to have to rise above your routine.' Take time with your ministry team at the start of this year, and at regular intervals, to meet together and pray together while you re-examine, re-imagine and dream a little.