Magnify Your Calling (Step One)
I’m not sure why, but it seems to be a trend among members to be surprised when they are called to something new. I’ve often heard members say they don’t feel like they can offer much to their calling. Yet, these same people do their calling, and do it wonderfully. It’s no secret that God equips us to handle our callings.
My calling is in Primary. I am one of the Activity Day Girls leaders. It’s currently my only calling (I sub teach when asked) Call me selfish, but I am happy to have a single calling. I have even found myself complaining about having it. It’s not that I don’t like it, I enjoy doing the activities with the girls, but planning them and preparing for them is sometimes stressful.
By God’s grace I have persevered, and the girls amaze me with how positive they are in remembering their favorite activities. It’s encouraging to know that they are enjoying being a part of my class.
If you were recently called to a primary position and feel overwhelmed, here are some of my tips to Magnify Your Calling when you are first called.
Ask Somebody Who Has Done It
Bonus points if it is the person who was just released. When I was called to Activity Day Girls, I didn’t even know it existed. My daughter wasn’t quite old enough, but she came along with me to our first meeting and we quickly learned all about it from my co-leader at that time. I have found that in other callings, the first thing I do to prepare is ask how it is currently being done. Those who are currently serving in the calling or who have previously served can give some incredible advice.
Read the Manual
Without the Faith in God manual, I would be lost! This goes for the other Primary manuals as well. While the Faith in God manual doesn’t give as much details as other manuals, the information in there is golden. Knowing what to teach makes the how part easier. The church even has a manual to help prepare you as a teacher.
Okay, maybe this should have been the first one, but pray! Not just when you accept that calling, but every time you prepare a lesson. Pray for the children you are serving. And pray for yourself.
Utilize Pinterest, Blogs, Etc
Where would Primary be without Sugardoodle? Using resources like this as well as pinterest make planning a breeze. I gotta admit, I prefer blogs or just searching the web instead of pinterest because it is far too easy to get overwhelmed with ideas there.
There are some great Facebook groups to help in your calling. These groups are full of members who have held or currently hold the calling. Sharing Time leaders, Primary Choristers, and even Primary Teachers can glean knowledge from others in these groups.
Do you have a calling at church?
How do you magnify your calling?