I’ve been wanting to do a children’s ministry blog for some time now, but it seems like there are always fifty other things vying for my attention. A blog kind of comes last. I’m starting to get into the groove of doing Kidmin, so I feel a little more relaxed and able to do this extra activity now.
The fact of the matter is, I’m quite new to this whole thing. I took over the children’s ministry at our church when the last volunteer had to step down because of health issues. I was pretty excited about the opportunity, but also scared out of my mind. I don’t have any formal ministry training, besides some basic Bible courses taken in college (which I dropped out of because of cost). I also have a Child Care Services degree, 5 children of my own, and homeschool my kids. Those are my qualifications. Not exactly dazzling. Back to the beginning–I’ve been doing this since March (?) 2013 and hope to continue for as long as possible.
Because I don’t have any formal training in Children’s Ministry, I’m really just going at it my own way. I don’t know if it’s the prescribed way that college kids learn these days. I sort of feel like I’m at an advantage, because I’m not tied down by any preconceived notions of what children’s ministry should be, how it should be run, what volunteers should do, etc. I’m basing decisions on the reality of the church and people around me, the vision of our church, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. I love learning this way. It’s so much more enlightening than simply reading about someone else’s recipe for success (which may or may not fit our church).
Our church is a new church plant–we just celebrated our 2-year anniversary. We’re relatively small in people and income, but have a strong, passionate core team. My challenge is in figuring out how to do an exemplary job of teaching the kids with the few volunteers I have. At least half of my volunteers are teens, so that makes things slightly more complicated. I fluctuate between being upset about the lack of adult volunteers, and being excited that there are all these teens to invest in. Maybe God’s vision for our church is to really build into these young people who will be going out into the big wide world in a few years anyway. Maybe I just need to embrace that model of ministry. I’m pretty sure it’s not how things are done in most churches, though. I’m really just feeling out what it looks like to work with such a reliance on the contributions of the young people–how to give them the freedom to try things out, invest in them, help them to grow in their relationship with God. I know that as they take on more responsibility and learn new skills, they will blossom into the young, energetic, passionate young people that God is going to use to change the future. Really, it makes sense to invest in them, I just need to remind myself that it’s going to be okay. No need to panic… 🙂