Can I get a little personal? I’m going to get on a soapbox for just a minute and say a few things that may not feel good to hear. Don’t feel bad, the things I need to say are things I tend to forget. They’re also the things I wish someone had told me when I first started serving in kidmin. Okay, are you ready? Here goes.
You are the Children’s Pastor.
You are the Preschool Director.
You are the (insert your title here).
You are in that position for a reason. Sure, you might have fallen into your position on “accident.” You were AVAILABLE when your pastor needed someone to lead the ministry (FYI, there are no such things as accidents).
You do realize that you have one of the most AMAZING responsibilities on the planet, right? You are a key influencer in the faith development of kids who attend your church. Kids are going to make it to heaven and experience a FULL LIFE of purpose here in this world because of a part that you play.
That’s a PRIVILEGE!
FOR THE LOVE OF ALLL THAT IS GOOD.
Have a little respect for the role you are in. Have more respect for yourself. Have a little more respect for the CALLING God has placed on your life.
What am I talking about? Let me clarify.
Stop arriving at the church two hours early to set up chairs for your environment.
Stop taking craft supplies home and prepping them for Sunday mornings.
Stop making the mid-week supply run for snacks and other supplies.
Stop spending four nights a week calling people to fill this Sunday’s schedule.
Stop making copies of this week’s curriculum.
Stop it. All of it.
You might be confused. That’s okay, not everyone gets it right away. I didn’t.
Here’s what you can’t afford to miss.
Anyone can set up chairs.
Anyone can prep crafts.
Anyone can run errands.
Anyone can make copies.
Anyone can make phone calls.
But not just anyone can do what you do. You’re LEADING your ministry because God gave you the raw ingredients and he placed you right where you are.
He put you there so that you could invest in others and build into a team.
He put you there so that you could multiply yourself into others
He put you there so that you could relationally and spiritually lead a ministry
Let me be frank.
When it comes to the most important things you could possibly do with your time, menial tasks aren’t even in the top 50. It’s not that you’re too good to do these things. No, there are simply more important things you SHOULD be doing with the time you have.
You need to hang out with and invest in leaders/volunteers
You need to connect with and help parents
You need to build something that will outlast your tenure
So, here’s what you need to do. Take a look at the list of tasks you do every week and commit to doing two things this week:
- Pick one item off your list that you can delegate to someone else
- Find someone who can own this task
Not feeling it? Read Ephesians 4:12 for inspiration. Take the time to build a team of people who can easily do the things that anyone can do so that you can focus on the things that only you can do!
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