“Add midweek children’s ministry? You’re kidding, right?”
“Do you seriously think I have the time, energy, people, and resources to make this happen?”
“Didn’t we stop doing Wednesday night services decades ago?”
“I’m exhausted after our weekend services; how could I possibly run another program for kids and families during the week?”
“For the sake of my own home and sanity, I’m drawing a line on this one. Before we talk about midweek anything, let’s start by making it through the weekend first!”
Sound familiar? If you haven’t had this conversation face to face with your church leadership, it’s probably rattled around in your head more than once. These are very real questions and concerns when it comes to conversations about offering midweek ministry. The tension between doing more to reach kids and striving for ministry sustainability is genuine. We have to ask whether midweek ministry is really worth it.
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As much as you dream of kids coming to know, love, and serve Jesus, the reality is there are plenty of distractions derailing this from happening. Media and extracurricular activities compete for everyone’s time and attention. Family life is fragmented and frenzied. Church calendars are at capacity and collection plates aren’t. The world is racing at an unbridled pace with people’s needs constantly on the rise. This isn’t a new phenomenon, but the current pace of change makes it difficult to navigate. It’s tempting to raise a white flag in surrender—but that’s not how we in children’s ministry are wired to respond.
“Things are changing so fast that no one seems able to keep up,” says Amy, a seasoned children’s ministry leader and mother of three. “It reminds me of days at the beach when our kids were small. They loved the ocean, but sometimes the waves came in so fast they’d be upended by one and couldn’t get back on their feet quickly enough to resist the next one. They loved the waves, too. But the relentlessness—not just the power—of the swells was just too much. A single wave would have been survivable, but they just kept coming and coming.”
Amy recognizes ministry realities and remains committed to forging a way through. She knows families are caught in the same cultural undercurrents as churches. She knows kids need more meaningful touch points than 60 to 90 minutes every other week at church, but family attendance patterns are what they are. Her leaders want to invest more, but they’re stretched thin. Amy, along with the broader children’s ministry community, needs encouragement and equipping to respond before the undertow pulls her away from her Godgiven mission to reach and disciple kids.