Everyone thinks that their particular ministry call is “the best” but children’s ministry leaders have the unique position of being right. (Insert LOL here.) I have had the privilege of being involved with some dynamic ministries and worked in at least five different ministries like Adopt-A-Block, discipleship and even ladies ministries. However, working with kids has always been my favorite. I can give you 10 reasons why children’s ministry is better–for me at least.
- I get to shout “do over!” if I make a teaching mistake or if an object lesson or game fails and nobody thinks anything of it.
- I can wear mismatched clothes or costumes and the congregation loves it.
- I am never stuck behind a podium but am expected to walk around and interact with the kids.
- I don’t have to do things the same way all the time. I can mix up the order of service–we even have backwards day.
- I get to participate in “active” worship. (Which usually means we are marching, hitting beach balls or waving ribbons.)
- I can present bible stories, characters and principles in creative ways with props, sound effects, puppets and actors.
- In children’s ministry, it is okay to have a puppet best friend.
- When we give an offering in children’s ministry, it usually involves pouring coins through tubes, making buckets move on on a full-size scale or lights flash.
- I’m a big hugger–most kids like to get a hug from their teacher. Adults? Not nearly as much.
- I can take a three throng-approach to teaching–it helps to reinforce the lesson. I present an object lesson as intro, teach a main lesson and have a skit or game as a reinforcement. Can’t do that in “big” church.”
Okay so those are my top ten reasons for loving on children’s ministry today but there are so many more reasons to love it. I appreciate that God has entrusted me to shape the future by ministering and discipling His young believers during the natural time of maturity. I love walking in a place of endless, Holy Ghost-inspired creativity designed to lead kids to the cross and keep them their. God is truly remarkable and I see Him on the faces of the kids each week in kids’ church.
So why do you *heart* children’s ministry?
Read more from Mimi by visiting her blog at Tools for Kids Church.
- 110 Reasons to Love Children’s Ministry
- Bulletin Insert: 10 Reasons To Bring Your Child To Sunday School
- 6 Reasons Why You Should Serve In Children’s Ministry
- Is Your Kids Ministry Becoming Spiritually Toxic?
- Do You Get Discouraged In Children’s Ministry?
- Effective Sunday School Teaching Starts With Love