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10 Stupid Things We Do In Children’s Ministry

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It might seem harsh, but sometimes we are just downright stupid! Why do we do things that will hurt us, those around us & our ministries?

I don’t know, but over & over I’ve seen myself & others do these things:

  1. Try and do everything myself ( = burnout & attitude issues) .
  2. Beg for volunteers ( = not taking the time or energy to clarify a compelling vision that will draw people to my ministry) .
  3. Don’t equip (train) volunteers properly ( = low quality ministry, also known as childcare) .
  4. Discount the value of developing leaders ( = limited ministry potential) .
  5. Never encourage my team ( = high turnover & bad morale) .
  6. Don’t connect my ministry to families ( = what happens at church stays at church) .
  7. Neglect the equipping of parents ( = arrogance of thinking I am the primary spiritual investor in children’s lives) .
  8. Speak poorly of church leaders instead of handling issues properly ( = being “that” person that causes the most damage in my own ministry) .
  9. Place my ministry over my family ( = very misaligned priorities that will lead to significant regret) .
  10. Disregard my own spiritual formation ( = perfect formula for personal & corporate failure in ministry)

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About the Author

Greg is a children’s ministry veteran of over 25 years who blogs at ChildrensMinistryLeader.com. He now serves Senior Director of Leadership Development at David C Cook, developing and delivering ministry training around the world. He’s a sports nut who married way over his head to Michele, and is kept on his toes by two teenage boys, Taylor and Garret. Website: http://ChildrensMinistryLeader.com; http://Twitter.com/ChildMinLeader; http://Facebook/com/ChildrensMinistryLeader