Every profession has tools that are unique and specific to their trade.
Carpenters have hammers.
Dentists have drills.
But then, so do carpenters. Please Dr. Dentist, don't ever ever get the drills confused. That thought makes me shutter.
(My dentist office called while I was writing this post.
Do you think that's a warning to double check his tool tray?)
Accountants have software.
Lawyers have courtrooms and laws.
Children's Ministry leaders have…
What are the tools that make us effective in children's ministry?
Or the tools that make our job easier?
Sure, they're great tools that would definitely hit the "Top Ten Essentials List" of most children's ministry leaders. Yet there are other tools in our tool box that should be on our essential list, but they don't make it out of the tool box as frequently as they should. Maybe you've even forgotten about them!
Let's stir around in the tool box again.
Let's drag them out and talk about some not so popular tools that every children ministry leader needs.
But the hard kind.
The love that is demonstrated with consistencence, forgiveness and patience.
It's the glue kind that keeps us serving…giving…teaching when kids are disrespectful and angry.
Geniune love, that flows from God's heart into yours, when you are totally bankrupt of love of your own.
It's the tool that coaxes open hard hearts and clamped, parched lips to sip the life giving water of Scripture. Without love you won't stay in children's ministry long.
Yes, it's an important tool,
Let's take another look. I won't have to explain them, but I do want to remind you of what they can accomplish in the heart of a child. It's like looking through your grandpa's tool box, running your fingers gently over a rough file or smoothing plane. You don't need a course on how to use them, just time to watch grandpa demonstrate it for you.
The tool of listening.
The tool of commitment.
The tool of honor.
They won't respect you if you don't earn their respect.
The tool of discernment.
The tool of prayer.
- Prayer that invites God to partner with you in ministry.
- Prayer prepares your heart.
- Prayer prepares the children's hearts.
- Prayer makes a tremendous difference in your ministry. Don't neglect this vital tool.
More vital tools:
where you connect with the heart of your listener
Big Events Tool
Camps and campouts
Seeing their talents; and what they can become.
Helping them see their talents and gifts
Involving them in something they can believe in.
OK! You get the idea.
What are some tools in your toolbox that you think other Children's Ministry leaders would benefit from using?
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