Sorry about the title, but I wanted to get your attention. It may have been a little extreme, but it does tie in… kind of.
I’m writing an article about the relationship between children’s pastors and student pastors. Interesting subject, huh? I’m pretty much done with the article, but I’d love to gather some data around one element I wrote about. So, would you answer the single question below describing the relationship between your student ministry and children’s ministry. First, let me define the relationships:
Dysfunction Junction: You totally don’t get along. There is virtually no relationship. Communication is non-existent, dismissive or even hostile.
Mutual Existence: The relationship between your two ministries is healthy. There is a respect for each other, maybe even friendship. Although respect is present, the ministries don’t really work together, culture, values and practices are different.
Integrated Partnership: The two ministries work together on many projects. Resources and ideas are shared freely and both ministries work together toward a common goal.
So, which description best describes this relationship at your church? (feel free to be honest, votes are anonymous. I promise… I won’t… or can’t… send the results to your student pastor.)
In order to get good results, I need data. Pass this post/poll on to others to answer so we can get some good information about the state student ministry / children’s ministry relations.
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I WISH it was better, I have tried and tried and tried in 7 years to build a relationship. Unfortunately it is all one sided.
This last little dysfunction was the last straw for me. *sigh* I give up trying, because this person isn’t going to change. It isn’t just Kidmin that they are dysfunctional with, but the whole church, every program…seriously. It breaks my heart.
After reading this it makes me realize how blessed we are as a staff, church and a team/family. We have an amazing youth pastor & his wife that we share our ups/ downs with. Dreams and vision with and work to fulfill them together. =Blessed…