In all ministries, not just children’s ministry, we are often times enamored with thoughts and ideas on how to grow. We want to grow numerically by having more people attend. We want the people who are attending to be growing spiritually. Along with these two, we often want to grow our ministry capacity (who we are able to reach) through larger budgets, buildings, and programs. As ministers, we focus much of our attention to these areas, but may often times fail to prioritize personal growth.

However, personal growth is crucial to the success of leaders. With that in mind, here are 3 ways you can commit to personal growth in 2015:

1. Commit to grow spiritually.

Ministers can become so focused on feeding others spiritually that they begin to neglect their own spiritual health. We cannot have effective ministries, apart from the leading and power of the Holy Spirit. In 2015, make a commitment to grow spiritually. Carve out a time daily to get in God’s Word. Try to free yourself up to attend a service once in a while. Listen to podcasts and online sermons. If we aren’t first being led by the Spirit, then who is leading our ministries?

2. Commit to reading and writing regularly.

Harry S. Truman made the famous and true statement, “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” If you want to grow yourself, dedicate time to reading works from leaders in your field. After you read, write down your thoughts to reflect on how it applies to you personally. You can make your writing public, like on a blog (we are currently looking for contributors to our site), or it could simply be in a journal for personal use. Reading and writing regularly will expose you to new ideas and refresh you on ideas that you may have previously learned but have forgotten.

3. Commit to finding a mentor.

In my experience, I have found that no one helps to grow me any better than a personal mentor. This effective technique was also modeled by Jesus and the disciples. As the famous verse in Proverbs says, “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17). In 2015, find a strong leader who you look up to and ask them if they would be willing to meet with you on a regular basis. Share your experiences and struggles with this person and allow them to provide you with sound guidance in decision-making. You will be surprised at the benefits this will make to your personal growth.

How have you committed to personal growth? Have you found any methods that are successful for you? Share those in the comment section!

“The greatest danger you face in this moment is the idea that you will make intentional growth a priority later.” – John C. Maxwell, The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth


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GJ Farmer is a husband, a dad, the founder of, and is the Children’s Pastor at First Baptist Church in Somerset, Kentucky. He has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Church Ministries and a Master’s degree in Children’s Ministry. He has also been fortunate to lead and teach groups at children’s ministry conferences and to have had some of his writing published. Apart from working with kids, he enjoys reading, performing magic tricks, playing video games, and University of Kentucky basketball.