Insight from a Children's Pastor & Awana Commander

Planning and Preparation

This may only be November, but I have been thinking about and planning our closing awards program (held in May) for a couple of months now. This week I am confirming some aspects of it and it is 5 months away! Some people may think I’m crazy for planning so far in advance, but really, I’m not. There are several reasons why I want this closing program to be first class and have a big “WOW” factor.

1) It is the first closing program that will not be a short presentation during a morning service, or at the end of a club night.

2) This year we partnered with another church and it has been very successful and I want to celebrate that.

As a commander and children’s pastor, it is not uncommon to begin planning for things several months ahead of time. We need to be prepared.

But in the midst of the long-range planning, I can’t lose sight of the immediate future. What is happening each club night and the next club night and in the lives of the kids and leaders.

So am I crazy for planning the closing program already?

How do you go about planning for activities and events? Is it always “last minute”, or well planned out in advance?

The Author


  1. No,it’s not too early! I agree with your comments about not losing site with the present. I have found myself doing this at times. I am looking ahead & need to remind myself about this weeks club night & challenges.

  2. Bill,
    It’s never too early to begin planning! Planning early makes room for creativity and helps to lower stress.
    Looking Up,

  3. Keith & Carolyn,

    Thank you for your comments and agreeing that I’m not crazy 🙂

    I agree that by planning in advance it allows for a lot more creativity.

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