Axioms For Children’s Ministry: Find the Critic’s Kernel of Truth

Axioms For Children’s Ministry: Find the Critic’s Kernel of Truth

criticismYou can see earlier posts in this series here: #1; #2; & #3.

Axioms for Children’s Ministry #4 – Find the Critic’s Kernel of Truth

It used to really bug me when people would criticize children’s ministry. Other staff, volunteers or parents seemed to very easily toss out a comment critical of me, my team or our program. You’ve probably been there, too!

As we look at Axioms from Bill Hybels’ book of the same name, and then relate them to Children’s Ministry, this is a big one! Because KidMin is so complex and deals with so manyareas and so many people, criticism is almost always present in some form or another.

How we deal with it as the leader will go a long way toward either overcoming it or giving in to it. Here’s what Hybels says in his chapter on this subject:

A very wise man once told me that tucked deep inside every critic’s attack is usually at least a tiny kernel of truth. And rather than lashing back, he advised, I should spend my energy figuring out what it is. (pg. 159)

So true!! When I finally realized this in my own ministry, and began taking this approach, things changed significantly! Mostly it was my attitude, but I also found that as I sought to take the criticism – whether it was offered lovingly or not – and grow from it, I created a whole new dynamic. Instead of being defensive and making things worse between myself and the critic, I became accepting and made things better. I listened and learned. And that made me and my ministry better.

This takes some practice – and not a little bit of thick skin! – but it’s so worth it in the long run.

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Greg Baird
Founder of Children's Ministry Leader & Vice President of Global Resources at David C Cook

The most important thing to know about me is that I am blessed beyond measure to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, to have married way over my head to my wife, Michele, and that I have two incredible grown sons named Taylor and Garret.


I serve as the Vice President of Global Resources in the Global Mission department at David C. Cook.


I love what I do as it is the outflow of 25 years of ministry experience as Children’s, Family & Administrative Pastor, consultant, trainer, speaker and short-term missions leader.


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