That’s the ministry I want


In my times of hanging out with other children’s pastors I am often hearing how they are trying to do this, or that, because this person does it or that church does it. I often times find that many are listening to the “big names” in the Christian community (because they tend to have a bigger/wider platform to speak from) and it then appears they are the ones to copy. If we want our ministries to grow many of us have convinced ourselves we must BE them. Then we undergo a rude awakening when our copying fails to produce the same results and we wonder why. The problem is it works for those children’s pastors because it is their calling. It doesn’t work for us because the Lord has a different plan for us. We must spend our own time on our faces asking Him what that is, there is no short cuts.

An unfortunate trend in ministry is, we so desperately want to be “more” we stop looking for the purpose God gave US and look to others to answer that. The issue isn’t when we take wisdom and apply it, the issue comes when we try to copy who they are. We play the “numbers” or the “comparison” game, and allow it to make us feel empty and like a failure. If we don’t have enough kids or can’t build the same size and noticed platform to speak from we are doing it “wrong.”

To try to keep from the “That’s the ministry I want” syndrome I suggest know what being “You” Means. Get to know your strengths and weaknesses. THEN read the books, listen to the sermons, and study what others are saying. It is the same when reading the Bible. You don’t first start with the commentaries, you first start with God’s Word and find what it says to you. Once you have that then you can grab a commentary.

So go ahead and read the books, listen to the live streaming, look at other children’s ministries if you need to, but, most of all simply don’t forget Christ just wants you to do what He asked of YOU, no one else. Allow that knowledge to drive you towards, that is the ministry you want to have.

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  • BrotherC

    Outstanding points! I love to read the tips and advice on the kidmin blogs! I have gleaned a lot of great information from them regarding team building, recruiting volunteers,etc. However,speaking from experience,I think, far to often, we can become dependent on the latest trends, tools, or fads in kidmin to fuel our creativity and determine our direction when we should be depending on the Holy Spirit for both! As you so aptly put it, God has a different plan and mission for each of us in ministry. Our success is not determined by the size of our ministries but by our effectiveness for Christ. Our focus should never be how to become more like a particular minister or ministry. Our focus should always be on how we can use the talents and abilities that God has gifted us to maximum effectiveness for His glory. Jesus said, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added unto you.”

  • Todd,
    I agree so much with what you are saying, and appreciate so much that you have said it. We have always found these words to be true, and as we ask God what He wants to do in our little corner of the world, He continues to show us ways to have impact with kids who may someday go out to reach other corners of the world.

  • AllenB

    I would agree that is the case for a lot of childrens leaders/workers. I am the acceptation I will look and listen to others. However I like to put things in my words that fit our churches childrens ministry.

  • AllenB, that is fantastic that you have not or do not get caught in the “That’s the ministry I want” syndrome. I would challenge you to still be cautious of another syndrome that could snag too many like you and I (who do a lot of reading, studying, observing other ministries). Copy ministries.

    Copy ministries is a creativity killer. It is basically where kid mins will wait until others do stuff and then we take it and convert it. This is not a bad practice necessarily but it can become one when all we do is convert this idea or that idea and there is no creating on our own of Gods idea for our ministries with no connection of anyone else’s ideas.

    Keep up the great work AllenB.

  • Hey there my friend, good to see you jumping in some conversations. Love your input. Keep it up.