I recently took a friend to a local Christian bookstore to pick up a couple items. Normally, I order online because it’s more convenient and saves money, however I needed something that moment.
As I was checking out the latest and greatest in the world of children’s ministry I couldn’t help but notice the lack of leadership resources for children’s leaders and pastors. The children’s ministry books were right next to the youth ministry books. I glanced over at the youth ministry books and saw many resources on developing amazing godly teenagers and how to lead great ministries. I looked back at the children’s ministry books and saw books about games, slime and fun.
Don’t get me wrong. I love games, slime and fun, but come on—children’s ministry is more than that. Children’s ministry is about leaders leading leaders to reach more children. By the looks of the bookstore you would get the impression that we are babysitters trying to survive a weekend. While that can be the experience once or twice a year, it’s hardly the norm.
This has prompted me to write a couple posts on the importance of leadership in children’s ministry. Either the bookstore doesn’t get it or children’s pastors don’t get it OR we’ve just sat idly by not asking for more of the leadership stuff and just take what the big publishing companies serve.
Is it a lack of interest? Do children’s pastors not care so much about the leadership aspect of it? Do we feel like we have enough resources and do not need anymore? Perhaps we’re okay. Perhaps we feel like we got it down and only want ideas on how to do stuff…stuff like…games…and…sliming people.
It’s my desire that we start a leadership culture from the very early stages of our church members (aka: infants) to the oldest. We ought to not look at ourselves as service coordinators (unless that really is your role and what’s expected of you), but as leaders who lead the charge and champion the cause of children’s ministry—our future leaders—in the local church.
What say you?