10 Ministry Lessons From Walt Disney

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If you want to do ministry more effectively, check out these 10 ministry lessons from Walt Disney.

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Whether you like it or not and whether you agree with everything its people do or not, you have to admit this: The empire of Mickey Mouse has touched millions of children and their parents around the world. Chances are very good you’re in that number.

Take this little test: Ever bought one of the mouse’s videos or DVDs? gone to a movie made by the mouse? bought a toy for your child made by the mouse? watched a TV show produced by the mouse? been to the mouse’s Web site?

Unless you just arrived from another planet, you answered yes to one or more of these questions. And if you have children, there’s a good chance you’ve even been to see the mouse at his house in Florida or California. If that’s the case, you’re not alone. In 2001, over 39 million people visited the mouse in Florida. Over 17 million visited the mouse in California. And over 17 million went to his park in Tokyo. Yes, indeed, the mouse has made a worldwide impact on children and families.

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On a recent trip to Walt Disney World, I looked around at the excited faces of the children and parents who were anxiously waiting to enter the gates. What was the mouse doing to attract all these children and parents? Why would these families spend hundreds or thousands of dollars to come here? What caused the smiles and the excitement on their faces?

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As I walked through the gate, I asked myself, What cues can I take from the mouse that will help me more effectively spread the most important message in the world to children and their parents? Read on to discover 10 cues from the mouse for your ministry.

Cue #1: Big Dreams

Walt Disney was born in 1901, and from an early age he had a passion for animation. Like all of us, Walt’s passion was tested by difficulty. He was hired to work at the Kansas City Star newspaper as an animator, but he was laid off. He then started his own animation studio but eventually had to file for bankruptcy. Then one day something happened that would change everything. In the early 1940s as he was watching his children play on a merry-go-round, a vision was birthed in his soul. He saw a place where children and their families could go to have fun together.

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