As volunteer children’s ministry leaders, often it is left to us to determine what facets of our ministry that we give priority. When we volunteer our time and efforts, many lead pastors or ministry directors are very appreciative of what we are willing to do and don’t closely manage the specifics of how our hours are spent. Often they are just thankful for someone who is willing to do anything. It is easy to let that leeway cause us to lean our priority to what we do best or what we enjoy. From time to time, we need to step back, and try to take an objective look at what we are doing and determine if it is the best use of our time. We may need to implement a “Philippians Perspective” based on verses 9 and 10 of chapter 1:
“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best..”
The question of what is best, isn’t “am I doing my best” but “is this the best thing for me to be doing.” For me, I gladly volunteer many hours to set up websites for families to use to connect to our children’s ministry, make games that involve QR codes or the latest gadget, or plan entire kid’s series around a favorite movie. But if I have limited hours as a part time staff member, are those the best use of my time? They are well done. And the families that use them enjoy them a lot. And they bring an element of something new and different to our ministry. But is it best? Is it bringing the best return for my efforts to the ministry. Would more families be closer to God if I spent less time on the computer and more time developing other volunteers to serve on our team?
Once again, that hot button word surfaces; balance. The key lies in finding the right balance between what we can do well, easily and what we need to embrace, even if it’s not in our comfort zone. Do I abandon all fun and games and shift all my attention to growing new leaders? No, we still need fun and games; maybe just 2 or 3 games, not 14. It is a difficult evaluation to make ourselves because we are swayed by what we like to do. Thus the need for prayer, for that depth of insight and discerning.
Verse 11 of Philippians 1 ends that passage with this phrase:
“to the glory and praise of God”.
And that’s where everything we do should point and ultimately end; for His glory.