In Cross Street (GCC’s K thru 5th Ministry), we are always thinking of ways to make “small changes” that are normally temporary . . . just to throw volunteers and kids off just a bit. The expression “keep’em on their toes” is what we are trying to do in order to maintain a freshness that permeates throughout all of Cross Street.
Small changes that were meant to be temporary can also lead to such a big WIN that we decided to make it a permanent fixture. This is another good reason to throw in small changes into the mixing bowl of planning.
Here are some examples of “Small Changes” we have made to keep things fresh:
1. Cross Street normally uses 252 Basics (Rethink Curriculum), which is awesome, but a few months out of the year we break away from 252 and write our own curriculum. VERY HARD, BUT VERY FUN!!!
2. We’ll randomly make our own videos for large group. This is cool because the kids get to see familiar faces on the big screen.
3. We’re in a High School, so sometimes during Set Up we’ll try something out that’s different from our normal layout . . . just to see how the flow works.
4. New Cross Street shirts for kids and volunteers.
These are just a few of our “Small Changes”. I know, they seem very insignificant, but they are not. Rare moments where BIG changes occur mixed with many small changes throughout the year can be the perfect recipe to help build momentum.