Presenter: Brian Dollar
Presentation content based on the book, I Blew It.
The Biggest Mistakes I Have Made in Children’s Ministry
10. Failing to realize that not every “good” idea is a “God” idea.
- Sometimes we can get caught up in thinking that we come up with amazing and creative ideas, but we may end up leaning on our own understanding instead of God’s.
- We should spend time in prayer and seeking God in order to know if your idea is a “God” idea.
- Talk to wise counsel and get opinions of others before you put something into motion.
9. Not understanding the power of preparation.
- Sometimes we use the ability to think quickly as a crutch for preparation.
- We should take the time to prepare and plan for what we do.
- If we don’t take the time to prepare, do we really understand the value of God’s Word and our roles as ministers to children?
- We have time for what we want to make a priority.
8. Having “tunnel vision” and missing the BIG picture.
- Too many children’s pastors have the tendency to focus on “our area” and we don’t think about the bigger picture of the church.
- Ask questions, don’t wait for information to be brought to you, and schedule regular meetings with other leaders in the church.
- Don’t whine and complain about what is or isn’t happening in your ministry.
7. Competing/positioning with other staff members and ministry leaders.
- There isn’t a limited amount of success. If someone is successful, it doesn’t mean that someone else become less successful.
- Everyone can be successful and we should desire success for everyone.
- Symptoms of this mistake: competing for volunteers, getting jealous of others on your staff, trying to get back at someone.
6. Not tailoring the ministry/event to fit the needs of the children.
- Not all children are at the same stage of development.
- When you plan events, keep the ages and stages of children in mind.
- Recommended resources: KidsGrowth.com
5. Not choosing the right time to be silly.
- There’s a time and a place to be silly. It’s important to understand when and where that is.
4. Minimizing the importance of worship.
- Kids do want to have fun, but they are also very capable of worshiping Him.
3. Trying to be a superstar instead of building a team.
- The best ministry isn’t a one-person show.
- We should not only incorporate volunteers into the ministry, but give them important roles.
- If you build your ministry around you instead of a team, when you aren’t around your ministry will crumble.
- If Jesus need a team of 12, we also need a team.
- If you try to do it alone, you are depriving people of using their gifts.
2. Not recognizing the role of parents as the primary spiritual leaders of their kids.
- While children’s pastors’ may be gifted and called to lead children, they have very minimal time with children.
- If the one hour or two you have with children weekly is the only time they receive spiritual training, you’re going to fail.
- Ideas for family spiritual opportunities- car talks, family devotions, family members participating in baptisms, etc.
1. Underestimating the potential of kids to change the world.
- Children can change the world now.
- Instead of seeing children only for what the future holds for them, we need to see them as potential world-changers now.