This past Sunday, at the end of our Kids Ministry service, I had over 50 volunteers grab sledgehammers, jigsaws, and various other power tools - then DESTROYED my Kids Ministry stage. We did this even though we had one of the coolest, most colorful, thrilling Kids Ministry stages out there. In fact, when other Kids Pastors learned I was destroying it - they couldn't believe it! They said, "Why would you want to do this? Kids Pastors come from all over the country to check out your stage. It is overwhelmingly powerful in its presentation. It's something that most of US would KILL to have! Why would you destroy it?"
You've heard the expression, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!" Here’s the problem with that. In ministry, oftentimes something has been broke long before we ever get the memo. We can become so in love with our own creations that we are not willing to move on when the time is right.
We had built this stage over 10 years ago. It has been and still was IMPRESSIVE to new parents and children who came to our church. The problem is - the kids have gotten used to it. It is no longer impressive to the 600 kids who attend my church on a given weekend. There are many other practical reasons we are making the change - more than what I will have time to get into on this blog. My point is, I had to be willing to give up what was GREAT for what is BEST. Often, in ministry, we are slow to make these decisions. We allow our own connectedness to something, the opinions of outsiders, and the fear of change to cheat us out of new opportunities.
Effective Kids Ministry Leaders QUESTION EVERYTHING!
Effective Kids Ministry Leaders are constantly questioning the status quo. They don’t settle for “what’s always been done.” They never say, “That’s the way we’ve always done it.” They are constantly questioning methods, practices, and strategies to ensure they are taking the best possible approach.
Be willing to question EVERYTHING in your ministry – even the things that you think are going wonderfully! If you don’t have a habit of questioning the methods and strategies in your ministry, you may be so oblivious that something may be broke and you’re convinced it’s never been better.
ASK YOURSELF: "What area in my ministry has it been a long time since I have questioned its effectiveness?"
(check out the time-lapse video of the demolition of our stage. These incredible volunteers completed the job in only four hours. WOW!)