Let me quickly say this, “It is really easy to rush through the important things”. Phew. Glad I got that out. That’s all I have to say…okay. On a serious note I do want to say that as children’s ministers and leaders we can often find ourselves saying something along the lines of, “Oh! I forgot about (insert important activity such as offering here)! Let’s quickly do that so we can move on!” It happens to the best of us but I don’t think that should be an excuse for us skipping over the “important things”
Here are some tips that I use and want to share with everybody on how we can do our best to not quickly rush the important things in our Children’s Ministry Service:
- Write it down somewhere that you can see it (maybe on your hand?)
- Create a schedule and keep it on stage with you.
- If an object is involved put it somewhere that you can’t miss it.
- Write it down! (paint it on the back wall?)
- Practice walking through the service and emphasize the important things such as prayer and offering (those are not the only important things)
- Did I mention it should be written down somewhere so it isn’t missed or rushed into?
My personal philosophy for quickly rushing through things is that if I rush through the foundations of Christianity and try to hurry onto only the fun things then I’m doing a disservice to both God and my church.
Col 3:23 – “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,”
I believe that if we are to truly work at our ministry with all our heart as if it were for the Lord (wait….ministry….it is for the Lord!) then we need to make it a habit to remember the important things and not rush by things that can establish good habits in the children such as tithing and praying. I’m not perfect either and there are days where something happens, I get distracted, or I don’t really know what happens honestly and I catch myself saying (or about to say), “Oh! Let’s quickly do…” and I have to take a moment to stop and remember that Jesus didn’t say to God on the way to the cross, “Let’s do this quickly, shall we?” Jesus knows our hearts and we’re never in the wrong motive when this happens but I would prefer to say to Jesus that I made it a habit to not rush the important things just like him.