The title of this article says it all.
Most people are hesitant to change.
Yet, the most meaningful experiences of our lives are
coupled with the most dramatic changes.
Consider your salvation, marriage, and call to ministry as
just three examples of this lifestyle principle.
Change, for the sake of change only, will not necessarily
bring about any benefit. But
change with purpose can open doors that will have an everlasting
impact on you, your ministry, and those you come in contact with.
As a popular song says, “Your life in Christ can be the
still remember the first time I heard Billy Burns say, “Change
your actions, or change your name.”
There is so much truth bundled in this short and
to-the-point statement. We
are called to be Children’s Ministers.
So often, Children’s Ministers try instead to be
Children’s Entertainers. H.
R. Pufnstuf and Jim Henson are examples of Children’s
Entertainers. It is
important that we, as Children’s Ministers, keep our hearts and
ears open to the Lord’s voice.
He is daily guiding and leading.
He is daily talking to us.
We must be listening so our actions can fulfill His desires
through us. This
unique calling has a unique challenge to walk forward in the
Spirit and not the natural. In
the natural, it is easy to find ourselves entertaining children
instead of leading them into the presence of God.
want to challenge you make a change, a change in your thinking
regarding ministry success. Norman
Vincent Peale once said, “Change your thoughts and you change
your world.” What
are the typical questions you may hear when talking ministry
‘How many did you have in service?’
Or, ‘What programs are you using that are helping your
ministry to grow?’ We
all know that numbers, though they reflect physical growth to a
church, are no indication of spiritual growth.
Let’s say that a church builds attendance to 100 kids.
If those children thoroughly enjoy a media filled service
and attend week after week, that is great.
But if they never come face to face with God Almighty
during those services, if they never experience the supernatural
working of God that changes their lives, that is horrible!
are no substitute for anointing.
The best and newest teaching techniques cannot replace
divine interaction. You
are more than a believer. You
are a believer who is called to be a leader.
Yes, you are anointed!
Scripture confirms your anointing.
“You have an anointing from the Holy One…The anointing
you received from Him remains in you…His anointing teaches you
about all things and that anointing is real.” (1 John 2:20,27)
You have the power of the resurrection emanating from your
spirit. It is the
same power that raised Christ from the dead.
You have authority in Christ over all the powers of the
enemy. You have faith
that can move mountains. This
anointing, power, authority, and faith are the four most effective
tools we have in ministry. Still,
they tend to be the least used.
D. Roosevelt said, “There are many ways of going forward but
only one way of standing still.”
Change your thinking this week!
God is talking to you now and will show you how you can tap
into this anointing, power, authority, and faith to dynamically
change your ministry for eternity!
Start now, this week!
Begin somewhere! You
cannot build your ministry or change the lives of those children
on what you intend to
I believe we are in the last days of ministry before Christ’s
imminent return. So
now is the time, today is the day of decision.
“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is
the right thing. The
worst thing you can do is nothing.”
– Theodore Roosevelt.
What is your decision?
Will you remain in the status quo?
Will you allow yourself to be stretched and changed?
Will your life and ministry in and through Christ become
the greatest story?
Rev. Gary R. Linn
Children's Ministry Today