I recently sent an audiotape titled What My Parents Taught
Me About Leadership...Never Say "I Quit" to our children's
ministry volunteers. I remember my mom continuously telling me,
"Never give up; keep on trying; don't quit."
Why was this value so important to my parents that they
ingrained it in me? They knew that if I just hung in there, I'd
reap the benefits of not quitting and not giving up. They knew I'd
come to understand the value of tenacity-the satisfaction of
completing what I started.
Tenacity has gotten a bum rap over the last decade or so. In
today's culture, tenacity is often viewed as being abrupt, even
abrasive. Instead, tenacity and the will to continue should be
construed as assertiveness, not aggressiveness.
Most people give up right before they see the benefits. They get
discouraged, drained, and depleted. They view difficulty as a
deterrent to continue. We need to remind our volunteers to never
give up, never surrender, never walk away. We're making a kingdom
difference by investing our lives in kids.
Cheer Them On
At your next training meeting, encourage your volunteers to be
tenacious by cheering them on as they serve in children's ministry.
Give volunteers pompoms (available at www.discountcheerleading.com
under Promotional Items) and cards with the following reminders of
why they should never give up in children's ministry.
I'm making a difference when I serve because...
- kids' lives are at stake.
- the children in this community need positive role models.
- I represent Jesus to the kids in my class.
- I can see changed lives as a result.
- I learn as I give of myself.
- I'm making a kingdom difference.
"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time
we will reap a harvest if we do not give up" (Galatians 6:9).
Close your training session with videotaped interviews of kids
in your ministry answering the question: "What difference has your
teacher (or small group leader) made in your life recently?"
The Bottom Line
As children's ministry leaders, we need to lead by example
during the tough times. We need to model tenacity for our
volunteers. This last week was a tough week at church, at home, and
just about everywhere else. And when I listened closely, I could
almost hear my mom saying...well...you know.
Craig Jutila is the children's pastor at Saddleback
Community Church in Mission Viejo, California. Please keep in mind
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