Exceed Expectations

It is my belief that legendary ministry comes from a genuine desire and effort to exceed what the families who are part of your ministry expect. Repeatedly, I try to create an environment where every member of the family will have shared experiences of Take T.W.O. kids ministry providing the extraordinary and making a connection well beyond some typical type ministry.

Relationships that keep the families coming back are created in some of the same ways a romantic relationship between the parents were started, by seeking an understanding of another person’s wants and desires. Sadly, as statistics show us, many of those relationships (both marriages and church members) come to an end simply because one or both parties stop their process of discovery.

Even though we in Take T.W.O. kids ministry know that our ministry is not like a marriage between parents, we also know and understand though that discovery is still essential to developing a unique and genuine bond. It is through this type of discovery that we are able to find out the special and one of a kind qualities that God has given to each family member, mom, dad, and child. It is so amazing how appreciative families are when you help them get their needs met and appreciate them for their uniqueness.

Even though there are a lot of kids ministries that actually may make a great connection with their families, and they may even discover what their congregation members need, want, and their uniqueness, many do not always act on what they learn. They can be long on interest and short on execution to address the families actual needs and unique ways they could serve God. Families can feel betrayed when they are lured into believing that their needs, input, and uniqueness matters, only to find out that it doesn’t.

It is valued in Take T.W.O. Kids ministry to go beyond and exceed expectations. We will make the connection to each family, we will discover together, and we will respond to our discovery. We will exceed expectations.

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  • Hi Todd,

    Thanks for the article. You might be aware that I have been wrestling with the tension/synergy between attractional and missional ministry mindsets/expressions on my blog. Your post represents the posture of most successful attractional church models in that it points out the need to identify and then meet the needs of people. It is a model which the vast majority of churches are not able to pull off on a larger scale, partly explaining why the average church is about 75 people according to Lyle Schaller. Apparently, your church has found the sweet spot to make it work, as I know a number of others have as well. I am sure a lot of this has to do with the local culture being responsive to it.

    Having said that, my questions are these (if I may): Who in your setting defines the needs the church must meet? I suppose I am struggling with the difference between a need and a want. Americans tend to confuse the two, consumate consumers that we are.

    Also, are there some needs specific churches are right to say, “Sorry, we cannot meet this need or that want, but here are some other churches who might be able to help…”?

    Any thoughts on this?

  • Great questions as always Glen. I am by no means a complete authority on this or any other are really, but I can share my thoughts, opinions, and experience at least. Then allow everyone to eat the fruit and spit out the seeds.

    Defining the needs really is made up of a mixture of groups of people. It is made up of congregation and pastoral team. The people who make up the congregation are the ones who make up the needs that we are trying to help with. It is us the pastoral team who listen and pray to dig down into the “core” of what the congregation says are their needs. This is probably our step to sort out the needs (a drink) vs. the wants (a drink of lemonade with 3 cubes of ice).

    Then in my opinion with your other question, yes it is perfectly alright for a church not to be the best suited to meet certain needs or wants but to be a referral to those who can.

    Hope this helps you understand my opinion in this. Anyone else have an opinion?