It’s been said that if you don’t know where you’re going, you won’t know if you get there. Imagine a runner starting a race with no idea where the finish line is. Or a receiver on a football team who doesn’t know where the goal line is. I’ve noticed that there are some kids ministers out there who have no idea where they’re heading and, consequently, will never know if they reach their target or even if they’re being effective.
The best KidMin leaders know 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.
The best Kids Ministries are those who have developed a strong ministry philosophy and GROW from there. Then, they choose wisely based on their philosophy. These choices include programming, curriculum, and where they spend their time. They 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. But it all starts with the end.
Great Kids ministries know where they’re going. They work a plan that helps them achieve their God given goals. Working this way is not always easy, but at the end of the day, a strong ministry philosophy really simplifies things.
In her book, “Kids Ministry that Nourishes,” Jana Magruder shares three essential nutrients of a healthy kids ministry: Kingdom Focused, Heart Transforming, and Culture Shaping. If you’ve been struggling with your philosophy of kids ministry, let me encourage you to consider this quick read.
Determine what your “end” is and start with that in mind.
Bill Emeott serves as Lead Ministry Specialist for LifeWay Kids. A graduate of Mercer University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Bill has served as a Kid’s Minister and currently teaches 2nd Grade Bible study.