Me, Myself, and My Children’s Ministry

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Are you a little too immersed in your children’s ministry?

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You’re dedicated. You’re reliable. You love kids. And you love
your children’s ministry–oh, yes you do! But it’s summer…time to
find a week or two to slow down and relax…right? Or are you so busy
with the details, responsibilities, and to-do lists of ministry
that you’ve forgotten what season it is…or maybe even what
year?

If it’s been awhile since you raised your head and looked around,
if you and your ministry are virtually indistinguishable, then it
might be time to step back for a little forced relaxation–and
maybe even a vacation. Read on to see whether you’ve become too
immersed in your children’s ministry.

You might be just a little too involved in your children’s
ministry if…

…the custodians ask to borrow your keys every week.

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…your idea of “the company car” is the church van in the parking
lot.

…you refer to one of the Sunday school classrooms as “my
office.”

…three or more church staff members have your home phone number
on speed dial.

…the guys at U-Haul know you as Mr. or Mrs. “Sunday
Morning.”

…you arrive an hour early, yet still walk into the service
late.

…the church address is listed next to your name in the phone
book.

…you enter the sanctuary for service, and the entire
congregation turns to look.

…you have written permission to take money out of the offering
plate as it’s passed.

…the paparazzi doesn’t bother you, but you really wish the youth
pastor would leave you alone.

…you love Monday mornings because you can finally relax.

…the board calls you at home to make sure its decisions are okay
with you.

…you know every child’s name in your church-but you don’t
recognize your pastor.

…you play bass in the praise band-from the sound booth.

…your Sunday-morning best and your work clothes are eerily
similar.

…you petition the church property committee for locker
space.

…the pastor calls you “Sir” or “Ma’am,” but you’re not even half
the pastor’s age.

…you refer to the fellowship hall as the “break room.”

…you wear rollerblades on Sunday morning as part of your work
attire.

…you consider Steve Taylor’s song “I Want to Be a Clone” a great
hymn of the faith.

…your summer vacation causes cancellation announcements in the
bulletin.

Nathan Williams is a freelance writer, puppet maker, and
former children’s minister.

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