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Is Your Children’s Ministry Blind?

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Your children’s ministry facility has areas that are broken, messy, in need of repair and not working.

Your programming has areas that need to be tweaked and adjusted.

There are areas of your guest services and follow up process that need to be improved.

There are aspects of your children’s ministry that are out-of-date and need to be updated.

Guess what?  It’s the same for the ministry I lead as well.  Why?  Because the ministries we lead have blind spots.  We can’t see the blind spots because we’re too close and too familiar.

 Familiarity naturally leads to blind spots.

They call them blind spots for a reason.  You’ll never be able to see them by yourself.  If you could see them, they wouldn’t be blind spots.

 You can’t fix what you can’t see.

The key to seeing blind spots is bringing in people who are unfamiliar with your ministry.  Ask them to be a “mystery shopper” and take a close look at everything from programming to processes to facilities.  They will have the ability to see things that you cannot see simply because they have fresh, unfamiliar eyes.

This can be someone from another department of your church or someone in your church who doesn’t normally come in the children’s area.  Another idea is to partner with another church in your area.  They can evaluate your ministry and you can do the same for them.  It should be someone who has a keen eye for detail.  

It’s easy and comfortable to go along like everything is fine and stay oblivious to what’s not working.  But if you want your ministry to grow…if you want your ministry to improve…if you want your ministry to go to the next level, then you’ve got to uncover the blind spots and fix them.  And that takes help from someone else.

– See more at: http://www.relevantchildrensministry.com/2015/10/is-your-childrens-ministry-blind.html#sthash.vC5HPoZJ.dpuf

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About the Author

Dale Hudson is the Director of Children's Ministry at Christ Fellowship Church in South Florida. He has been in children's ministry for over 25 years. He was named one of the top 20 most influential people in children's ministry. He is the co-author of 5 books. He writes daily about his children's ministry journey at www.relevantchildrensministry.com.