I was privileged to spend some time at INCM's Children's Pastors Conference in Orlando last week. It was an incredible conference! If you have an opportunity to go in the future (there's another one happening in San Diego in February) I encourage you to make it happen!
One thing that struck me the entire week was the level of service I received from the INCM staff as well as the Disney Resort staff where the conference was held. While setting up our booth in the Exhibit Hall, we were approached multiple times by a member of the INCM staff asking, "How can I serve you?" As I walked through the hallway of the Conference Center at Disney's Coronado Springs I was stopped and asked "Is there any way I can serve you?"
Even after I returned home, I received emails and messages asking me "How can we serve you better next time?" I was impressed at the level of concern that both INCM and Disney Resorts had for making sure my needs were met and that I was able to concentrate on having an incredible experience at the conference without having to worry about any details.
I began to think: do I give this same attention to service and detail every week at my church? Do I try to make sure every detail is handled and that there are no needs or distractions so that the kids and parents can relax and experience everything God has in store for them while they are there? I have to admit, I was a little convicted. Disney cared more about details and customer service than I did - and they represent a cartoon mouse. I represent Jesus Christ. It was humbling.
How about you? How is your Kids Ministry doing on serving the parents and kids you are entrusted with? Do you give enough attention to detail? Do the parents have to beg you for information or do you freely offer it? Do the kids feel like you are there to SERVE them or do they feel you are there only to TEACH them?
Jesus said it best, "But among you, those who are the greatest should take the lowest rank, and the leader should be like a servant." (Luke 22:26) Let's commit to serving our parents and kids. It's not just "good business", it's our assignment from Christ.