I just went to Group's Simply Youth Ministry Conference, and it
was...amazing! While there, I got to think a lot about the
difference between youth ministers (2,500 of them) and the
children's ministers I'm privileged to serve.
To keep this from being a big comparison thing, let me just tell
you what I love about the amazing people who serve in children's
ministry (some of it is different and some of it is the same--I'll
let you guess which is which).
I love children's ministers' maturity. And, no, I'm not talking
about age. Hey, I've seen some pretty immature old folks. What I
mean by maturity is a seasoned approach to faith development,
family and child issues, ministry challenges, and more that
surpasses how old or young a kidmin is. This maturity is a
well-worn mantle of experience that engenders trust.
I love children's ministers' hunger for Jesus. At the very core
of their being is an undying love for our Savior. I love that! And
I love how that love propels them forward through discouragement
and victories. I love how kidmins don't get distracted by "success"
or "failure"; rather, they keep serving week in and week out
because of faithfulness to the one they love.
I love children's ministers' noble attitude about learning.
While I regard children's ministry leaders as some of the most
educated and professional people around, I rarely find an "I know
it all" attitude among them. I love how they're always eager to
learn more and evaluate what they already know. Kidmins are always
on the prowl for new and better ways to reach kids for Jesus. I
Going to SYMC made me even more excited about our KidMin
Conference in Chicago Sept 28--Oct. 1. I can't wait to gather with
hundreds of amazing kidmins who love kids and families and most of
all--Jesus. We're going to have a rockin' time--and learn tons--and
grow closer to our Savior. Sign up today! Check it out at http://group.com/childrens-ministry/kidmin-conference I'll
see you there!!