Sustainable Recommendations to LIVE by for those generationally minded folk…
- Who am I writing for? (Children’s Pastors!)
- Why should they care? (STAYING ALIVE IN KIDS MINISTRY!)
- What do I want them to do here? (Know they are NOT alone)
8 LifeLines in Children’s Ministry
we wish we had know 12 years ago!!!
#1 – Whose idea is it?
Don’t make the kids ministry what the parents say that they want or what other ministries make “look good”. Listen to the Holy Spirit and make it in what He says!
#2 – Ministry is NOT a Competition!
Where are you located? Get to know the other kids pastors in your area! Be bold, make the first move! Ask to see what they do!!! Be interested in them and what God is doing there and see what happens!
#3 – Procedures & Structure are
NOT bad words!!
Structure, expectations and lots of love create safe growing environments for teachers and kids. Love people enough to hold them accountable and love them enough to encourage and build them up!
#4 – Your Worth
Your “worth” is not whether the kids “had fun” or if parents “approve of what you do” or if your pastor compliments you regularly . Work to please God and not man, or the threat of burn out is too strong. Also, encourage your team to adopt the same mindset!!!
#5 – More is not “Better”
More is not “excellence”. Often times, it can be the enemy of it. Don’t fall in the trap of more = growth of ministry. Bigger, Better, Faster, Newer is NOT the answer to “more fruit” in ministry! This is a lie of the enemy and the perfect recipe for trying to please men… then burning out… yuck!
#6 See your kids ministry team as your small group / family
This is your tribe. When you build off of that it is empowering. This alone will help you overcome the lie of “missing adult service” or “missing connection” . That feeling can be overcome right away.
What we have in our kids ministry family they can’t have in adult church!
#7 – Build Yourself Up!
Be intent on feeding off at least two teachings a week in your home! Worship with it, take notes; be a self-feeder!!! Here’s a link to a Pastor that we just discovered this past week, and we are absolutely loving his sermons! Call-to-action Link
#8 – Love Where God has You
Last but not least, be content if this is where God has you in ministry, even if it is for the rest of the time you are on this planet. Build your kid’s ministry for longevity not a sprint!!!
Oh and shhhhh…. we always say, let’s build these kids up to be the “next” church,
NOT a copy of yesterday’s (or even today’s) church!!!
God moves from glory to glory in each generation!!!!
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