It was a perfect weekend in the world of a Children’s Pastor. The lesson was awesome, all the volunteers showed up for every service and we had a record number of kids. After service one of my key leaders pulled me aside to talk in private.
I thought she was going to tell me a great story about how she had made a connection that day with a child that was previously detached or that a parent had pulled her aside to share about their childs spiritual growth, but it was far from that. It was the conversation that for me, changed everything in the way I lead.
She pulled me aside to tell me that for almost a year she had been struggling in her faith. She had questions and needed answers. She met a person who provided her with answers but they weren’t answers that pointed her towards God.
She was pulling me aside to tell me that she was leaving the church and converting to Islam.
After that day all I could think about was how I could have missed something so critical in one of my key leaders lives. Surely there were warning signs. I must not have been looking. This was the first time that I had the thought that there must be something more to ministry than just great services, sermons and growing numbers. There is no way I could let this happen again under my watch.
If you are a pastor or thinking about being a pastor I want to tell you there is so much more to what you do every day than simply growing the church.
- It is more about people than processes
- It is more about life on life than overseeing the masses
- It is more about walking alongside people than it is about staying a few steps in front of them.
The question I ask myself often (and you should ask yourself too) is “Am I wrapped up in the program or am I investing in the people”
I pray for that lady every day. I hope that wherever she is that she will experience the love of Christ once again and come back to Him. In the meantime I am searching for more ways that I can reach into peoples lives and help them walk along in their journey. Are you?