Greg Baird wrote an article about a small church strategy with the acronym S.M.A.L.L. It stands for:
S – Start with a Plan
M – Move to plan B
A – Always Focus on Relationships
L – Let Kids Engage
L – Laugh!
Janice hurried through the building checking each of the three classrooms. She’d invested several hours already that week ensuring everything would be ready for the kids. Janice loved the kids of First Church of the Valley; she’d overseen the children’s ministry there for almost two years now and thoroughly enjoyed her part-time position. She had to admit, though, that sometimes she was frustrated, not knowing how many kids might show up or if they’d be preschoolers or preteens. She was often preoccupied by questions about her small children’s ministry: How do I prepare for the unknown? How do I make ministry relevant for just a few kids with such varied ages? And even more important: Is our ministry really effective with this unique group of kids?
Ministry in small churches is more like a large extended family than medium or large churches where they have to work to be small again. However, most conversations about children’s ministry tend to be started and answered by large church ministry leaders without an eye or understanding of the unique challenges that small churches face–chief of which is the unknown factor each week.
Baird’s article does a phenomenal job of introducing a simple strategy to cope and deal with the unknown.