Here’s a timeline of typical Kids Ministry programming:
2019: In person ministry
2020: Completely online ministry
2021: Hybrid ministry
If you are planning to regather, you’ll want a system that allows you to easily manage ministry online and in person. Above all, you’ll want the easiest experience for volunteers in the classroom. Due to COVID, recruiting volunteers for Kids Ministry is more complicated than it used to be and you need to make sure that technology is not a blocker for potential volunteers. Here are some tips from Playlister’s customer heroes for churches considering regathering.
Tip 1: Manage online and in-person ministry from the same place
“Playlister was easily the best ministry discovery of 2020”
Those are the words of Timothy Johnson at Word of Life Christian Church (WOLCC). WOLCC was able to use their Video Hub link to blog post for Playlister at-home to stay connected with families during COVID. As WOLCC reopened, they were able to replace ProPresenter with Playlister.
“Our volunteers found Playlister was so much easier to use [than ProPresenter] and that has really helped us. I love the fact that I can do all the online and in-person ministry prep in the same place.”
Erica from Local Church also is glad to manage all her ministry with Playlister: “Its great to make one playlist and send it everywhere.”
Tip 2: Leave old technology in the past
If thinking about regathering brings up bad memories of the technology you were using, now is the perfect time to try something new. The Church Technology Monster is what you get when you use a hodgepodge of different systems to do ministry. Running USBs around, burning DVDs, and messing with ProPresenter is too time consuming. You can leave these things back in 2019. When Grace Church looked at Reopening, their Kids Ministry director Amber paused to replace the old tools with Playlister.
“It’s been a game changer. COVID gave us the opportunity to re-evaluate all our systems and we are so glad we decided to reopen with Playlister”
Monette from Heartland Church agrees with Amber. “I love it. I used to run USBs to all my classrooms and now everything just shows up.” You can click here to read more about how Heartland Church reopened with Playlister.
Tip 3: Think about ROI when planning your budget
COVID-19 affected church budgets in various ways. Churches with a strong digital presence saw over 533% increase in offering, however churches that did not stay connected online have been hit with a substantial drop in giving. Saving is an important part of stewardship, but investing money wisely will give your ministry the biggest bang for your buck. Here’s what Amber from Grace Church had to say about investing in Playlister:
“When we saw the pricing we thought there was no way we could afford it, but we tried it for free and invested more.
I can never imagine living without it because the time we were spending [using DVDs and ProPresenter] cost so much more than Playlister.”