There are three words that will energize your ministry. No, it's not "Drink More Coffee!" Although, on a Monday morning after a LONG Sunday, I can see where that would certainly help! The three words that will energize your ministry: ENERGY, ENERGY, ENERGY!
OK, so it's the same word repeated twice! But, having a high level of energy can transform a normally boring and routine Kids Ministry into a thriving one. Just about everything can be improved with increased energy. Nobody wants to hear a song, listen to a lesson, or participate in a class where the leader looks bored, irritated, or wishes they were somewhere else. Kids want to be excited, pumped, and energized. It all starts with you, the leader.
Some of you really struggle with this. You work 5 days a week, run like crazy for your families on Saturday, and then on Sunday it is tough to have the energy you need to create a great experience for the kids to receive God's Word. So, I thought I would give you a few principles that will help you raise the energy level in your ministry...
How To Increase Energy:
1. Realize what’s at stake
SOULS are at stake! As Kidmin Leaders, we want these kids to see us excited about God’s word, worship, and serving others. The level of passion you have will determine the level of passion THEY have. When you realize that souls are at stake, suddenly the excuse of "I didn't get enough sleep last night" doesn't really cut it!
2. Take responsibility for your own energy
Too many people wait to be pumped up by situations or persons. They wait for the environment and all the external factors to be "just right" before they will respond with passion and energy. As Kidmin Leaders, you can't be like that. You can't wait for someone or something else to energize you. You have to take responsibility and be proactive in having energy, not REACTIVE.
“The quality of your life is your gift to yourself.” - Benjamin Franklin
If you wait for someone else to strike up your energy before you do anything, then life will pass you by - and so will many valuable ministry moments.
3. Act your way into feeling
“Right decisions will eventually bring about right emotions.” - Stephen Covey
Don’t wait until you feel right to do right. Do right and you will feel right. There is an old saying, “Fake it ‘till you make it!” I don't know if I like the word "fake," but I think in this case it works. Fake joy is better than genuine depression any day - when it comes to leading in front of a group of kids. That doesn't mean don't ever "be real" with people. But, the time to "be real" and display your sadness is NOT while you are in front of a group of kids teaching about the Power of God!
It all boils down to this - whose energy are you using? Colossians 1:29 says, "To this end I labor, struggling with all HIS energy which so powerfully works in me." When you are accomplishing GOD’S PURPOSE with GOD’S POWER, then you possess eternally renewable energy. So stop struggling with your own energy, and tap into HIS!