Kids need you, children’s pastor. Really, they do. You’re not just a guy with a cool title. Not just a woman who loves kids–you are anointed, called and were created for this purpose: To nurture, advocate for and encourage young believers. For you, children’s ministry isn’t just a faze–that’s because it’s in your DNA. It’s not a stepping stone to the next thing or a bigger title. It’s who you are. Today, I am writing to you because I want to encourage you to continue to fight the good fight. I know it wears on you. I know at times you feel inadequate, unequipped and unappreciated. Believe me, I know.
I have served children since 1996 so I do know how you feel. I have heard things like, “Is having a children’s pastor even biblical?” or “Anyone can do that. You just act like a big kid.” Those are among the nicer things I have heard but it didn’t release me from my call. God heard all that too and He didn’t say, “Ow, that hurt. Tell you what, go home. You don’t have to do this anymore.” No, he didn’t say that at all. Jesus said, “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me before it hated you.” John 15:18
Sometimes, the ministries I worked with didn’t provide me with the materials I needed. Often I had to create my own material or ransack dollar stores to find supplies. Many times, my ministry was the last on the list for fresh paint or even basic repairs. But did God allow me to go home then? Nope. He would ask me the question, “Don’t you love me?”
Quickly I would answer, “Yes, Lord!”
He’d say, “Feed my sheep.”
Well, there goes that. Over the years, other scenarios have occurred that shook me. I won’t even review them here-they just aren’t worth it. I am sure you have seen and heard plenty yourself. But you’re still here. And the kids need you.
Don’t listen to the doubters. They don’t know what they are talking about. Don’t let Satan discourage you, not in any way, shape or form. You are a mighty warrior for God! I know your arms are tired but keep hugging. I know your heart is heavy but keep letting it be touched by the Hand of God. I know you feel like you’ve burned the candle at both ends for too long but you can’t give up–not now! It is time to take a look at your priorities, to rest in Him, to refill your heart with His Spirit. You should do all those things but don’t give up. You are the key to changing the future. You can do it! And you are not alone.
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