Let’s Do Lunch!

Commander Bill Gunter —  June 22, 2010

I frequently have people encourage me to connect with other children/youth pastors in the area. I am generally enthusiastic to meet others with a similar passion as me to reach children for Christ and hope to build relationships with them to network and work together for our common goals. So I contact them and try to get together and if they serve in full-time ministry (i.e. ministry is their “FT paying job”) then generally their response is, “Great! Let’s do lunch”. I then have to remind them that I can’t “do lunch” because of my job and they are often reluctant to meet evenings or weekends because that is their “family time” or time away from “the office”. Occasionally I am able to meet someone for lunch if I work my schedule properly, but it is not an easy thing for me to arrange.

So how do we network with others in kidmin when our schedules are so full? That is where this web site and others like it are such a great asset. There is nothing like meeting someone face to face and sharing what’s going on in your ministries, but when those opportunities are limited, then the internet, e-mail, instant messaging, etc. fill that much needed void. I have networked with several others via forums, e-mail, etc. which helps strengthen each of us personally and in our ministries.

Do not make yourself an island, in ministry alone (well, you and God), but use the tools around you, like this site, to reach out and network with others, supporting one another. Most churches in my area have volunteeer kidmin leadership, and I frequently hear the “cry” for support and knowing that others have gone through (or are still going through) what they are going through. There is nothing new under the sun (Eccl. 1:9) so what you are facing has been faced, and conquered, before. Find that support network it will reap many rewards, and if you have time, I’d love to do lunch!

Commander Bill Gunter

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Bill is the Associate Pastor of Children & Youth at Hanover Fellowship in Hanover, Pennsylvania where his responsibilities include caring for children and youth from birth through high school. Along with his responsibilities in the local church, Bill is very involved in the Awana ministry, serving on the ministry teams of local Awana missionaries, providing trainings, leading workshops and helping run regional events.

6 responses to Let’s Do Lunch!

  1. Wow! I hear ya! Not only is the “let’s do lunch” thing hard to do when working other jobs, many FT children’s ministers take off Fridays. I don’t have that option working M-F all day.
    Great to see a volunteer/bi-voc network here. There are many more PT’ers and bi-voc people out there than we know and hear of.

  2. Bill,

    Great article. I hope that this website can become a place where people who face similar challenges can network and get to know one another. I appreciate all that you, and the other authors on this site, are doing towards that end! Keep up the great work.

    Thanks,

    Wayne

  3. Great post. I’m full time at the church but it’s hard for me to do lunch they are already spoken for. I use the Internet and nights to network too with the country. I also use my time inthe car on trips to connect with others. Great job. As a guy who has multiple jobs I’m enjoying this blog
    Thanks

    • Jim,

      Thanks. I think time management and balancing responsibilities are likely to be recurring themes on this blog. I hope it doesn’t get to the point where it sounds like we’re whining. 🙂 Rather, I hope that God, through us, can offer help and advice to people on how to overcome those obstacles and maintain balance in their lives.

      I thought Beat the Clock was an excellent source of information and ideas on this subject, and I’m planning on doing a review and listing some of the suggestions from the book in a blog post sometime next week. I consider myself fairly well organized when it comes to managing my time, and I still picked up a ton of excellent advice and great ideas.

      I appreciate your willingness to chime in and add to the conversation. Our ultimate vision for this site is that it would become a lot less like a lecture and a lot more like a conversation.

      Take care!

  4. Thanks for all the gracious comments. It is encouraging.

    Wayne, I agree that a fair number of posts will probably deal with time management, but that is the main issue we face. But along with the time management, I am sure we will reveal how we build relationships and reach children for Him.

    • Bill,

      I certainly hope so. 🙂 I wanted to thank you publicly for agreeing to be part of this project. I know from our dealings together that you have much wisdom and insight to offer, and I can’t wait to read more of what you have to write.