18 Words of Encouragement for Your Team at the Start of the New Year

Every new year brings a fresh new start. It offers us an invaluable moment of reflection and re-evaluation, helping us to keep on track. Incorporating this positivity in your kids' ministry can have an incredible impact on morale, enthusiasm, and more! Plus, lifting each other up is a central part of what it means to be a Christian — spiritual words of encouragement can have a profound impact.

Grant Glas
February 10, 2022
Kids Ministry Leadership

Put a smile on the face of your church family by helping them to see how far they have come. To make it easier for you, we have compiled a list of sweet messages to send to your church volunteers and workers to set the new year off to a great start. So, as we step into the new year, why don’t you try sharing some of these encouraging words with your church team? Lift spirits and share kindness with these new year motivational quotes for employees.

Sunset with family and friends at the beach

1. I wish all of my team members and their families a joyous, wonderful, and memorable new year. I pray that you all enjoy the blessed and beautiful year ahead.

Team joining hands

2. Let’s join hands and work together to overcome the obstacles and challenges that may arise, and have an incredible year together. I'd like to wish you all a very happy new year.

Year 2022

3. With the new year comes new resolutions and goals. May you push your boundaries, step out of your comfort zone, and rediscover your true purpose.

Looking back

4. Ring out the old, but remember the lessons of the past that will help you be a more impactful volunteer in the future. With the spirit of this new year, you can do anything you aspire to.

Traveled far

5. As we continue to ring in the new year, don’t forget to take a moment to appreciate how far you have come. Be proud and celebrate all you have achieved last year — you deserve it all.

Strength for the new year

6. May God grant you the strength and direction you need to achieve all you have been working for, wishing for, and waiting for. I wish you a fruitful new year guided by His light.

Team members working and having fun

7. I want to thank you for everything you have brought to our ministry and community this past year. Without you and your work, we wouldn’t be where we are today.

Finding success

8. May you excel in whatever you do and enjoy all the personal and professional success that you have dreamed of this year. From all of us at [insert church name], we wish you the happiest new year.

Team is worth gold

9. Every single one of you is an incredibly valued asset to our team. You have had a tremendous impact throughout the year. As we say goodbye to another year, we pray that you continue to shine. Wishing you all a successful new year!

Bringing something to the table

10. A new year offers a time for thanks, appreciation, and reflection. I am grateful for how much you bring to the table every single day, and I wish you every success in this new year.

Carrying kid on shoulders

11. Though the calendar year has ended, your legacy lives on into the future. Every heart you touched and every child you helped has an effect that will last a lifetime. I wish you happiness, joy, and lightness of heart for the coming year.

Leading song service a church

12. Without your efforts, [insert church name] would have been unable to thrive as prosperously as it has so far. You guys bring so much worth – keep the energy up!

Dependable team coming together

13. I can always count on you like four, three, two – and for that, I am very grateful! Thank you for being there, for showing up, and for doing God’s work. I wish you a happy new year.

Praising god

14. At [insert church name], we all know your spirit to be pure and good. You are limitless! This year offers a chance to grow, and equip yourself with new skills to help others and thrive. Let's build a better world together!

Time with friends and family

15. If it weren’t for each and every one of you — volunteers, leaders, helpers — last year wouldn’t have been the same. Celebrate, spend valuable time with your families, and know that we at [insert church name] are your family too.

Happy girls laughing

16. This new year offers new opportunities in life, a resurrection of hope and faith. I pray this year brings you stellar opportunities, joy, and laughter. Wishing you a happy new year.

Going the extra mile

17. I could always rely on you to go the extra mile every single time, and I can't thank you enough for it. Now that the last year is behind us, you should feel proud and honored for all of God’s work you have done!

Girl praying

18. You chose to live a virtuous life of giving and sharing last year, and that has not gone unnoticed. Continue to stick by your church, family, and community this year, and may God keep showering you with blessings.

A rising tide lifts all boats quote

We hope that you find these words of encouragement for a friend, volunteer, or worker to boost the communal sense of joy at your church. New year motivation can be hard to find, so share it with others and uplift them too. Supplement these with words of encouragement from the Bible or a relevant sermon that you deem fit. You will see the knock-on effects of these thoughtful messages spill into every corner of your church, including the kids' ministry curriculum and more!

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