I don’t have to do it this week. And neither do I have to organise it for next week. But sooner or later, I’ll have to prepare and present a family ministry or kidmin report. And… I would imagine that you will have to, too, some time or other.
It’s something that I dread, not because I’m not excited about everything that’s happening in our kidmin programs. Rather, it’s the difficulty of presenting so much information in a way that will grab the attention and communicate our passion for children’s ministry and the importance of the task to many who are not actively involved in ministry to children and families. And.. it usually takes me f-o-r-e-v-e-r to prepare such a report, along with the realisation that some will not read it anyway. ( This post includes an affiliate link.)
How about planning and presenting with a mood board
So….. rather than staring blankly at the computer screen (or your tablet or notebook) and wondering how to start, why not create a mood board?
What is it?
A mood board is a collection of images, textures, colours and text that relate to a something in particular. It might be a project, a holiday, a room renovation…. or a children’s ministry. It’s a type of collage and it can be physical or digital. You may decide to create a mood board in your office or work area as a daily reminder of the tasks you wish to accomplish for the month. But, if you’re planning to create a mood board as a report or review, you’ll probably be looking at a digital version.
A mood board helps you, and your audience, visually focus on the important events and highlights of the month/term.
I’ve included a sample below:
Each of the images on the mood board corresponds to an aspect of your children’s ministry that you may wish to highlight. It has real impact as an introduction and an overview and you can add more detail if you wish or simply finish by outlining your vision for the next few months along with some points for prayer that you would appreciate in relation to your ministry and your team.
So…. how do you go about creating a digital mood board?
Once you’ve created your mood board layout and image, add it to your working page, or to powerpoint, and add any text that you wish to include. (I create a huge amount of my designs and work pages using powerpoint. You can format your page size to suit your needs, it’s easy to work with and you can save it as pdf.)
Another helpful option for your mood board, is to use it as your computer or iPad wallpaper. It’s a great reminder of all you want to accomplish through the month or term. Use it, as well, as other means of communication with your team. Email them all a copy to highlight your plans and vision and as a note of inspiration.