Timidity is the cancer of modern ministry.
Ministers are allowing fear to guide their dialog and actions.
Understandably, churches/ministries are hesitant to do, or say, anything outside of what has become culturally acceptable.
The climate is becoming increasingly hostile toward Christianity and we all feel that.
We can talk about love, acceptance, diversity, social justice, and kindness because our culture agrees with those values.
We find it harder to talk about salvation through faith in Jesus, the return of Christ, expecting results through prayer, and scores of other Biblical topics because of the push back we feel from the world.
But there is more.
It seems that children‘s pastors/directors/ministers have become the most timid.
We hold back from pushing the limits of the children’s ministries that God has entrusted to us.
Too often we fear our own church leadership.
I understand that we function under the oversight of our pastor or board. They pay us. I get it. I believe in supporting the vision of the church.
KidMin are more than church employees. They are ministers.
God has entrusted them with responsibility for influencing boys and girls. That might mean:
- coming up with cool ways to help parents connect with their kids
- making children’s church more stunning/memorable/influential
- praying for kids boldly
- inventing new ways to connect with kids on a more personal/authentic level
- using a crazy new idea to reach unchurched kids/families
But it means more than merely doing what you were hired to do.
It means more than meeting minimum standards.
It means more than just doing what the pastor/board expects.
It means more than being afraid to push for money, space, people, or whatever it takes to make a difference.
It means losing the timidity and standing up. It means having courage.
Let courage be your new year’s resolution.
Scripture makes some amazing statements about timidity & courage in general.
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us TIMID, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7 NIV)
From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence, and violent people have been raiding it. (Matthew 11:12 )
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be COURAGEOUS; be strong. (1 Corinthians 13:16 NIV)
Scripture makes amazing statements about how courage relates to ministry.
The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, “Take COURAGE! (Acts 23:11 NIV)
When they saw the COURAGE of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. (Acts 4:13 NIV)
I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me STRENGTH, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. (1 Timothy 1:12 NIV)
I hope this encourages someone, somewhere.
If God has put something in your heart to try, go for it.
Make the case passionately to your pastor or board. Raise the money on your won if you have to.
Recruit passionate people to help. Don’t be afraid to fail. Make adjustments and try again.
You are more creative than you think. Much more.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming–WOW–What a Ride! (Anonymous)
Let’s do something in kidmin that makes the world, the church, your pastor and your board drop their jaw, wet their pants and take their breathe away.
Let’s take the lead.