Ok, I know that this seems awfully close to the slogan for a popular brand of athletic shoes, but hey the may be onto something. Maybe I’m the only one that has this problem, but sometimes in children’s ministry we have a tendency to wait until everything is in place before we start something new. Let tell you about how this recently played out in my ministry.
You see, for the past couple years I have felt a burden to start a small group ministry within our children’s ministry. The past two falls I have been determined to launch this exciting new thing. Well, in each case I would work on it over the summer, but then when it came time to launch I would end up feeling as if everything wasn’t ready and I would not launch.
The truth is that everything wasn’t ready. There were some things that simply weren’t ready to go yet. But, my approach changed this fall. When fall came around, I still wasn’t ready to launch. However, this year I didn’t put the idea on a shelf to collect dust until next year. Instead I pushed on. Well, a couple weeks ago we launched our small group ministry. It is perfect, no, but it’s moving.
You see, this was something completely new for me and for my church. For this reason I could have worked on it for years without ever feeling that everything was ready. Even if I had done it before I could still have spent some time working on it without every detail being ready. Instead I decide JUST DO SOMETHING. My small group leaders went into it knowing that this would be a work in progress with a big learning curve for me too, but just for them. They also knew that we were in this together and that I had their back.
So, what does that mean for you? Do whatever you can to prepare for whatever new thing you are getting ready to do. Make it as good as you can when you launch it. But, in the end you have to start somewhere so JUST DO SOMETHING! Launch it, but don’t be satisfied with where it is. I have found that the key is constant improvement. So long as every time you do something it is better than last time you did it, than you will move forward in your ministry.