Yikes! Saying these kidmin phrases is downright dangerous and not in the fun, adventurous, risk-taker kind of way. Dangerous in the way that will bring your ministry to either a fast–or long and agonizing–halt kind of way. These are the most dangerous kidmin phrases.
1. We have never done it that way before.
This is THE best way of knowing you are stuck in a deep, going-nowhere-rut. Ministry requires change. Lots of it. Embrace it.
2. It’s easier to get forgiveness later than to get permission now.
These are famous last words of most student pastors but it has also been the ruin of many children’s pastors. It sounds courageous and dangerous in an exciting way but it means you don’t have enough savvy to make your case for this thing or idea you think is important.
3. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.
This is the slogan you live by when you are content to be mediocre. Sometimes you have to break something yourself to justify change. Go ahead. Break it.
4. God will send us the right people.
There’s nothing wrong with trusting God for what your ministry needs, of course. But consider… are you passionate enough about what you are doing to get out there and recruit others to come along side you? Let people know that you believe in what you are doing. Show some passion. Believe it or not, some people beg for volunteers. That’s even worse!
5. It’s not my job.
Listen up, Buttercup. If it would help advance your church then it is YOUR job. Don’t be so territorial.