#1 Great Kids Ministers Put First Things First
When asked, Jesus said that the greatest commandment is to "love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength." (Mark 12:30)
Great children’s ministers get this principle. Their number one priority is always their relationship with Christ. More important than the budget, the big event, even the teacher/child ratio is their personal relationship with God; their personal time with Him in prayer, Bible study, and quiet listening to His leadership for their life.
Kids ministers are good people, compassionate, loving, hard workers who are called to a great ministry… but when we allow our relationship with Christ to be anything less than "priority one" we put everything else at risk. We cannot find ourselves so busy working for the Kingdom that we don’t spend time with the King! It’s only when we insist on putting God first in our lives that our ministry becomes all that God wants it to be.
Bottom Line: Great kids ministers always put their relationship with Christ first.
#2 Great Kids Ministers Begin with the End in Mind
Great Kids ministers see the goal, determine the best way to reach their target, and then keep the course. They’re not easily swayed by what the church “down the street” is doing with attempts to imitate that ministry. They “are” the church down the street and part of the reason is because they’ve sought God’s plan for their ministry and then carefully plot the best way to achieve that goal.
Great children’s ministries are those with a strong ministry philosophy. They choose wisely based on their philosophy and work a plan that will help them reach their goals. If it doesn’t fit the philosophy, they don’t do it. If it doesn’t’ fit the plan they don’t buy it, if it doesn’t help reach the target, it’s not part of their ministry.
Bottom Line: Great Kids ministries know where they’re going. They work a plan that helps them achieve their God given goals.
Check back tomorrow for two more Habits of Great Kids Ministers!