Archives For Vision

Whether you have been serving for 6 months or 6 years (or more!), you probably have had moments when you questioned why you ever started serving in the first place. Maybe it was that staff member that kept asking you, or maybe it was because you saw the overcrowded classrooms. Maybe you’ve always loved working with kids, and you were eager to serve at the new church you joined.

In any case, the ultimate reason why you serve is because God has called you to do so. Never forget this.

My friend Julia recently told the story how she started serving, and what she experienced over the years. And God reminded her that she was called for a purpose, much like the prophet Isaiah.

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We cannot be a “one man band”, we will burn out. But there is power in one…

  • One man died for our sins
  • One man changed the world forever

Now what if we did just one thing:

  • What if each of us reached just one person for Christ this month?
  • What if we each had one person we were mentoring?
  • What if each of us would share just one thing that God is doing in our ministry with others?

The power of one. YOU! This month, share just one thing that God is doing in your ministry with others. If you can’t think of one thing that God is doing, maybe He isn’t, then ask why, but I’m sure that if you look, you will see God working in your ministry. Share that with someone today and spread the enthusiasm. People want to be where God is working, so let them know!

EDITOR’S NOTE: Welcome to the 4th day of Orange Week 2.0 here on Kidmin1124. In this post, Wendy Douglas shares something that didn’t work and what they did about it. Link to all of the other Orange Week 2.0 posts are included at the end of this article.

Dreaming is an important part of the Christian life.  Dreaming is not enough though.  As Christians, we don’t just dream…we pray that our dreams are consistent with God’s will and that He would make them happen.  We don’t just draw pictures of the future in our head and leave them there – we allow God to work through the gifts and talents that He has given us to make those dreams a reality.  However, before we can lay out a path and ask God for his help in traversing it, we have to do a little Godly dreaming about how we would like things to be.  That is what this post is all about.  We all have dreams.  These are the things I dream about.

Big DreamI have a dream for my own kids.  I dream about the days when they will live a life fully sold-out to Christ and bent on making sure that other people learn about him.  A have a dream for my marriage.  I dream about a marriage in which I lead and serve my wife as God intended.  I dream about a marriage ordained by God that serves as a shining example of Jesus Christ and his church.  I have a dream for my life.  I dream that God would continue to work out his sanctifying grace in my life; that he would use my life to bring glory to his name; and that some day in the future I would hear “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

I also have dreams for the children’s ministry in my church and for kids in churches everywhere.  I dream of a day when our children’s ministry is so God honoring that he will bless us with numbers of kids that we would think unfathomable right now.  I dream of a day when volunteers will be lined up begging for an opportunity to help out in the children’s ministry.  I dream of a time when the kids and leaders in our ministry are so bathed in prayer that they have to come up for air.  I dream of a time when the members of our church view children and youth as the church of today that they are rather than the church of tomorrow.

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Orange Dreams

Barbara Graves —  October 3, 2010

EDITOR’S NOTE: Welcome to the 4th day of Orange Week 2.0 here on Kidmin1124. In this post, Wendy Douglas shares something that didn’t work and what they did about it. For other Orange Week 2.0 posts, please check out

As a volunteer children’s pastor at a young church plant, I have lots of dreams. Dreams of working all day on children’s ministries. Dreams of taking my team leaders to lunch to brain storm the next event and, of course, dreams of playing with the toys that will be in my future office! But many of the dreams that I have that are the most compelling are Orange dreams. And many of my Orange dreams are common to us who agree that the family and church working together can accomplish much more in the lives of children, than either can alone. I am still young enough at being Orange that I have some fairly basic dreams.

I still dream of coordinated curriculum that teaches the same lesson to every age so families can “talk as they walk” and everyone is included in that conversation. And I still dream of a parent’s website that will, with one easy click, direct parents to a wealth of information specifically targeting the greatest issues their children face, both in their spiritual and physical development. I dream of video parenting classes that families can watch any time from the church website, if they couldn’t be at the church at the time of a parenting event. I dream of having all my families on twitter so I can share short notice opportunities that their family could enjoy. I have dreams of family fun events, parent training days, fun Saturdays at the park and anointed prayer times involving all our families. I think these dreams are common to the minds of most early stage Orange leaders.

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Casting vision; this is something that we in church leadership sometimes leave to the Senior Pastor. “I’ll just let him cast the vision and I will follow it.” Or we may tell ourselves, “He’s the pastor, casting vision is part of what God called him to do.” While there is some truth in this, it does not let us off the hook. Ephesians 4:11 says,“It was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be lead pastors who will cast vision for the church and some to be children’s pastors who will plan children’s activities and, using flanelgraph, tell the stories of the bible, and some to be youth pastors who will play paint ball and loud music and occasionally give a bible lesson.” This, of course, is not what Ephesians 4:11 says. Paul did not single out lead pastors. He was talking to all of those called to be pastors. Now if you do not carry the title of “children’s pastor” don’t tune out; this article is still for you.

Casting vision; what does that mean? Is it really the job of the lead pastor? Well, I do fully believe that it is the job of the lead pastor to cast the overall vision of the church, and that the leaders of the ministries within the church need to focus hard on following that vision. However, I also believe that we need to have a vision for the individual ministries within the church. Whether you are a children’s pastor or leading the children’s ministry in another capacity, then you have some responsibility for casting vision.

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Need or Vision

Barbara Graves —  July 27, 2010

When you recruit volunteers for you childern’s ministry, are you trying to fulfill a need or cast a vision? How do you make the most and best use of your time in recruiting? Barbara Graves explores thee issues, and more, in this article.

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Dancing Gift Box Hey Mr. (or Ms.) Children’s Pastor!  Do you have problems recruiting people to serve in your children’s ministry?  Do you have problems retaining people once they volunteer?  What can you do to find and retain volunteers?  In the end, it all boils down to one very important question – What is it that your volunteers want?

1. Vision. Your volunteers want a vision that they can buy into.  They want you to have a plan and a goal.  They want to know that you have a destination in mind that your entire children’s ministry is pointing towards.  Your volunteers want to know your vision, and the good ones really want to buy into and support that vision.  Don’t fall head first into the trap of just assigning duties to your volunteers.  Make them a part of your vision.  Make your vision their visions, and you will see them soar!

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