It’s calendar time!
Click here for my new and improved, free 2019-2020 Ministry Lesson Planning calendar – now in google sheets format for collaboration! If you like to see what all age levels are doing each week in for a season at a time, this is for you. New this year are links to relevant posts on my blog by season. To use it you will need to:
- Open the link which takes you to the view only document.
- Under the “file” tab, click “make a copy” to create your own editable google sheet. Or, “download as” if you want a different format.
- If you like it, please leave a comment and share with a friend. Thank you!
Calendaring should be done 12-18 months in advance…
If you know me, you know I frequently recommend the Sustainable Youth Ministry and Sustainable Children’s Ministry books to new and seasoned Christian educators. So, it will be no surprise that I plan our ministry calendar twelve to eighteen months in advance as they recommend in their books, on their blog, and on their podcast.
Calendar for success…
While Ministry Architects does a fantastic job explaining why you need to be thinking so far ahead, the best resource I have seen for how to do this is from Peer Ministry. Their book walks you through a layered calendaring approach that includes major holidays, church events, publicity and more. Using this method you will be sure that your events will be planned at the optimum time for success – avoid those prom weekend/confirmation Sunday conflicts! Purchase your how-to booklet here, gather your ministry leaders and colored pencils and get busy. Your September self will thank you!
Note: I receive no compensation of any kind from the recommendations above. I use them and I think you will like them, too.