Ministry leadership requires that you ask probing questions. It demands that you squarely face the future by challenging everything you do. The ministry you lead needs you to fearlessly ask hard questions that others shun. In short, children’s ministry leadership requires that you don’t merely conduct your normal fall kick-off, but that you kick the status quo in the head.
“Kicking” questions to ask yourself.
- What is holding this ministry back? What are my biggest roadblocks to progress? Is it organization? Lack of meaningful relationships? Is it a weak team? What? You can’t solve something that you can’t identify. Identify it and kick it over.
- What am I assuming? You don’t get what you expect; you get what you inspect. If you don’t inspect what’s going on but merely assume that things are running the way you set it up, you might be oblivious to some ministry glitches. What do I THINK I know but might not know? Identify your assumptions. You don’t think you are assuming anything? Well, you’re just assuming that. Kick over an assumption.
- Who do I want on my team? Is there someone in your church you want in your children’s ministry? Maybe that’s where God wants them, too. Go after them. Generally speaking, the most gifted people in the church should be serving children. Is there someone parking cars who would be a spark in your children’s ministry? Talk to them and the person overseeing the parking ministry. You can go after people in other departments if you talk to the person directing that department.
- What stupid thing can I stop doing? What am I doing that takes time and/or money that is under producing? Is there a program I can cut? Is there a meeting I can eliminate? What would happen if I just stopped doing it? Really? Would it be a big deal if I just stopped? What dumb activity can I kick out of my way?
- What risk can I take? Is there something worth trying that scares me? Would it really be a big deal if I tried and failed? Would it be a big deal if I tried and succeeded? What fear can I drop kick out of my life?
- Who can I shock with love? Who in my family or on my ministry team needs a boost? A real boost. What can I do that would bowl them over? What feeling of inadequacy or unworthiness can I kick out of someone else’s heart?
- In what area do I not trust God? What am I trying to do without God’s help? How can I kick myself in the seat of my pants for not doing what is at the heart of what we believe: trusting God.
Make your fall kick-off not merely a time to launch your fall program but a time of ruthless evaluation. It will pay off if you approach it honestly and courageously. Now go kick something!