Archives For Growth

You’re a volunteer.  You’ve been serving for some amount of time in your current position and ministry.  No doubt, some things have been as you expected them to be in your ministry, and some things may have been quite different than you expected.  But no matter what your expectation level was, you now are in a place of serving.  Don’t get to comfortable, though.  It may well be time to take the next step.

Step forward:

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I just finished reading Sam Luce’s article “Hanging Out with Sally Lloyd-Jones”  in this month’s issue of K! magazine. Sally is quoted as saying,

“Jesus, of course, has the highest view of children. And, children are our teachers in many ways, maybe as much as, if not more than, we are theirs.”

This is so true. My three-year-old granddaughter has taught me so much!

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Question ManIt is easy for volunteers to complain about the people leading them and vice versa.  Lost in all of that though is the fact that, whether it is provided or not, there are certain things which you, as a volunteer, have a responsibility to seek out.  If your church and children’s ministry leadership is providing those things to you, that’s great!  If they are not, that doesn’t take you off the hook.  The following list is the things which you, as a volunteer, should seek out and make sure you have in your life in order to grow in your ministry to God’s kids.

1. Feedback: No matter what your role is in children’s ministry, you should find people to give you feedback.  If you are a large group teacher, invite the small group leaders and other volunteers in the room to give you feedback each week on your teaching.  If you are a small group leader, ask a student helper who sits at your table what you did well and what could be improved.  If you do worship for kids, ask the other adults in the room about the song choice and whether or not kids were engaged.  If you write your curriculum, ask your teachers how easy it is to teach.  What could be done better?  Self-evaluation is great, but it will only take you so far.  Feedback from others is an opportunity for your to continue to grow both in your giftings and your ministry.

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