Previously, I debunked the myths about why you can’t start an FX. I believe in what an FX does for your church’s family culture so I’m going to give you the top-secret inside track to building one of your very own.
Okay, it’s not really that top-secret. And I’m no expert.
And it’s not the only way to go about it. But it’s the process I follow for pretty much every major ministry initiative so I’m praying that you’ll find this at least a good place to start for whatever great and amazing thing God has for your ministry next (I hope it’s an FX!)
The next couple of weeks will be focused all on the nitty-gritty, down-n-dirty, nuts-and-bolts of FX-making. Our church uses 252 Basics and they make me look awesome because they write our FX scripts for us, check them out here. While we deviate from the scripts (and cut stuff out, add stuff in) we mostly stick to the bones of the scripts and then edit them to fit our church’s time constraint, budget, and personal needs. SMC Kids uses First Look (preschool) and 252 Basics (elementary) for our small groups so our FX scripts are always in line with what we’re teaching on Sundays. If you are not using 252 Basics at your church, that’s okay! You can still do an FX that fits the needs of your families, it just might look a little bit different. Hopefully, this series will help get you thinking about what works for you and finding the right people to lead it with you.
Find Your Team:
Your FX team is the heartbeat that’s going to keep this thing going for the long haul. There’s really no way around it, you will never be able to do this on your own. You’ll be able to do it for a while, but then what?
You’re going to explode, that’s what. And you’re no good to anyone when you’re an exploded mess.
In the same way small group leaders have a certain set of skills and personalities that you’re looking for when interviewing them for small group leader positions, your FX team has to possess a certain set of skills (or be willing to learn them) as well. Who do you know in your church who:
- Can tell a great story to both kids and adults? They are usually the ones who can make standing in line at the DMV sound like the most amazing time they’ve ever had. Think of school teachers, community leaders, used car salesmen.
- Doesn’t worry about looking silly? Who do you know from your last kid or student ministry event that volunteered to become the ‘human sundae’ just to win a free ice cream cone? Protip: it wasn’t about the ice cream. Think of embarrassing dads (according to their kids), practical jokers, and professional mascots.
- Can keep a straight face even when it’s really, really funny? Remember all those times Jimmy Fallon cracked up during an SNL Skit? You want the opposite of that guy. Think of lawyers, DMV workers, and moms of toddlers.
- Can get a crowd excited? Does anyone in your church make the announcements entertaining? What about on the soccer field, who ‘s the one always starting the cheers and getting the kids wound up? You need that person. Coaches, Cheer Moms, and teachers are excellent for this.
- Can lead worship? You’re not looking for the professional choir director, you’re looking for those who have great stage presence AND a solid voice to boot. Music teachers, worship leaders from Big Church, and air guitarists welcome.
- Is super crafty, or handy with tools? Pinterest makes us all look like Martha Stewart, but chances are you’ll need some props, staging, or costumes so you’ll want to call on those “professional Pinterest” folks and the “I can build anything” guys. Think of guys in construction, craft show junkies, and garage sale pickers.
Get a big piece of paper, poster board, or something and start writing these names down. Pray for guidance, let the Holy Spirit bring you names, and start asking around on Twitter, Facebook, your church bulletin, and on Sunday morning in the lobby. It’s amazing the people that will come out of the woodwork for this! You’ll want to have several names in each of these categories because the next thing you have to do is ask them. And I’ve found there’s a trick to that, too.
That’s coming up next.