I was recently discussing with my partner in ministry—Jesse Kretzu—how churches do ministry. I think we all have this false impression of other churches. If you’re like me you can feel sorry for what or how children’s ministry looks like in your church. I read blogs, books and have conversations with other leaders and think, “Man, am I that bad!?” Then, the truth always comes out when I visit churches and see what and how they do ministry.
I’ve been to some of the largest churches in America and other countries and I usually leave thinking this: “I can do that!” or “Wow! They’re just like us.” This isn’t meant as a negative on their part. It’s meant as encouragement to me and others. It’s in these moments that God reminds me that it’s not about perception or what you THINK it should look like. In fact, most churches I go to—even the more well-known churches—struggle with many of the same things most churches struggle with.
I’m not glad that churches have these struggles, but at the same time it helps my sanity knowing that it’s more common than leaders lead on. At the end of the day I think that God is more concerned with us doing the best we can with what we have. He’s more interested in us having fun with kids and doing our very best at sharing Christ’s story with them. So, don’t fret that you’re not doing the “right” way. I don’t think there is a right way. I believe there is God’s way for your church.
This isn’t an excuse to not improve or continue to explore other or better ways of doing things. It’s simply to say next time you read that book that tells you how to do something and you feel like you’re far off—you’re not. Chances are that what you’re reading isn’t going that perfect. However, the principles stand true, it’s the implementation that looks different.
Be encouraged!! We’re all in the same boat. We’re all trying to recruit, improve, fix and everything else you’re going through. It maybe on a different scale, but we’re all there.