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5 Ways A Kids Worker Can Stay Spiritually Connected

Leadership / Personal Development //

Children’s Ministry is a hard area to serve in many times.  There are so many areas in the church that you can serve and still stay plugged into what is happening with adults.  If you aren’t careful it can be very easy to burn out and find that you no longer have an overflow in your life to actually minister.  Over the years I have learned that I MUST purpose to be spiritually connected in my church so my well doesn’t go dry.  There are many ways to do this but I want to share with you some of the ways I have stayed connected so I always have something in the tank.

  1. Be in a small group with other adults:  I am not talking about a class… I am talking about a group from your church that gets together and does life.  This can include food, fellowship and a study.  Gathering with other believers is an integral way to stay connected to God.  If your church doesn’t offer small groups then create a group anyways or even attend a group with another church.
  2. Get a mentor:  Every single one of us needs a mentor.  Someone who is not directly connected to your church that can speak into your life.  This person can hold you accountable, pray for you, minister to you and be there when you need someone to complain to.  Mentors are a must when you do any kind of ministry.  If you need a mentor, I would be glad to help.  Contact me!
  3. Learn how to say “NO”:  Seriously, if you can’t say no then you will burn out eventually.  One thing I have learned in ministry is that although everything is great, not everything is for me.  You need to find ways to do what God tells you to do without stepping in and flipping your life upside down for everyone elses needs.
  4. Regularly attend worship service at your church:  If your church only has one weekend service, then it makes perfect sense that you can only serve in children’s ministry every other week.  If you are on staff then I would suggest finding a new job if your church only has one service.  If your church offers multiple services you really have no excuse for not going to adult church.  See number 3 if you feel like you can’t make it.
  5. REST!:  I am seriously not trying to brag here, but my church gives me TWELVE weekends a year off!  PLUS vacation days.  If you work all weekend every weekend you will empty your tank very fast.  You seriously can’t expect to give yourself away week after week and continue to have something of value to give away if you don’t recharge.  If your church doesn’t have a solid plan for resting your workers and staff I suggest you get to that right away.  If you need help I would be glad to help you.

There are many other ways that you can stay spiritually connected at your church.  If you have other thoughts please leave them in the comments!

 

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About the Author

Joe McAlpine is the Pastor of Share at Northbrook Church. Northbrook is a growing church just outside of Milwaukee WI. He has been in ministry for over a decade, serving in staff leadership at churches ranging in attendance from 500 to 7,000. Prior to his current ministry, Joe had the privilege of leading the children’s ministry at Northview Church, the 5th fastest growing and 85th largest church in America in 2013. In 2009 he created www.joemcalpine.com, a website dedicated to helping leaders in next generation ministry grow spiritually, relationally and organizationally. Joe has a passion to help young leaders of next generation, family based ministries grow into seasoned ministry professionals oftomorrow. Joe lives out his passion for next generation leaders by tapping into his experience as a husband of one, father of four, pastor and life long lover of of learning. Joe has been happily married to his wife Christy for longer than he can remember and has four children, Elijah, Selah, David, and Elisabeth. The McAlpines are originally from the Chicago area. In his spare time you can find him hanging with the family and connecting with as many kidmin people as he can!