Worth the Risk


Able to leap giant obstacles,
mild-mannered children’s ministers lead the way in

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Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than
a locomotive. Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.

You may not feel like that describes you in your children’s
ministry, but the truth is that with every little–and big–risk
you take to lead your ministry in innovation, you’re heroic! And in
the last year, you’ve been leading the way to reinvent your
children’s ministry to be even more effective in reaching

That’s what our exclusive research

Sure, some of the changes may seem almost imperceptible. But it’s
funny how things change rather slowly, until the day comes along
when we realize that they’ve changed completely. While the
foundations of children’s ministry remain firm, your approach
clearly evolves and some might even say that the outward appearance
is drastically altered.

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For all this change to occur, everyday people–risk takers–are
willing to challenge the status quo, follow their dreams and
convictions, and face challenges that have stood in the way of
positive change. These people have asked these questions: Is our
current approach to children’s ministry truly effective? Are we
doing all we can as a church to impact our community? Are there
hurdles within our church that keep me from taking a risk?

It was these very questions (and many more) that led us to conduct
exclusive research involving hundreds of people actively working in
children’s ministry to discover what leads mild-mannered children’s
ministers to step outside their comfort zones–accepting incredible
risk–all in the name of ministering to kids.

In this State of the Church report, we explore the risks and
obstacles children’s ministers face when pursuing their ministry
goals–and the paths they take as they soar higher to follow their


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