Children’s Ministry is a joy to be a part of, but it can have its downside. One of the downsides for my role in ministry is not being able to consistently attend worship services. Admittedly, this is one of the biggest struggles I’ve had in ministry. Sometimes it’s because I feel needed and others it’s just because I really love my job. But either way, it’s a problem that needs a solution.

As I’ve spent some time in this predicament, I’ve come to realize a few major reasons why it’s important for me to get out of the Children’s Ministry from time to time, and connect with the rest of the church. I wanted to share just a few of those reasons:

1. You Need Spiritual Renewal

Arkansas, where I live, has got to be one of the most beautiful places in the world! My favorite spot in this state is anywhere on the Buffalo River—especially in the summer time. The cool, rushing waters are so refreshing from the heat and humidity.

Stepping out the children’s wing to attend worship services or an adult discipleship class is as refreshing as the Buffalo River. It’s an opportunity to have your battery recharged with Truth from God’s Word. I know that I grow from preparing and teaching children, but there is something different that happens when I’m able to worship and grow with other adults in my church.

2. You Need Deeper Connection with Pastor/Leadership

The first reason is pretty obvious, but this one is maybe more overlooked. When you’re responsible for a ministry of the church, you will inevitably have a different type of relationship with the pastor or leadership of the church. They are your pastor, but they’re also you’re boss. And sometimes the two don’t mix that well.

Staying connected with the body of the church allows you to feel connected to the pastor through their teaching and see God use them in a different way. If you’re struggling to trust or follow the leadership of your pastor, I suggest you get into the worship service as soon as possible. I promise it will help.

3. You Need Relationships with the Rest of the Church

There are people in your church who will never step over the threshold of the Children’s Ministry. Probably because they’re scared they’ll end up serving with two year olds! Those people are not less a part of your church, and certainly should not be less important to you as a member of that church.

You need to be connecting with the church outside of Children’s Ministry because the majority of your church will likely contently exist outside of your ministry. As a minister and member of the church, you need to be connected with those people and forming relationships with them. It may be that they can minister to you or visa versa. Who knows, one of them might just end up as a Children’s Ministry volunteer!

These are just a few of the reasons why I know that I need to stay connected with the church outside of Children’s Ministry. So, how are you staying connected to the church?

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Matt is husband to Dana, “Daddy” to Maggie and Macy, and Kid’s Pastor at Fellowship Bible Church in Little Rock, Arkansas. He has served in children’s ministry for 12 years and loves to see kids come to know who Jesus is and what He has accomplished for us! Matt is passionate about equipping others to serve in the local church. Check out mattmo.org to follow along with his experiences in ministry.

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