Axioms for Children’s Ministry: Language Matters

Axioms for Children’s Ministry: Language Matters

language-mattersI’ve been reading from the book Axiom, by Bill Hybels. Great book! It’s not a book aimed at Children’s Ministry leaders, but I have found that virtually every axiom he talks about applies to us! So over?the next few?posts we’ll look at?a few of my favorite axioms.

Axioms for Children’s Ministry?#1 – Language Matters

Hybels talks about this in the very first chapter. It’s what got me hooked on the book when I looked through it because it’s something that Children’s Ministry?leaders rarely ever consider. But language DOES matter as you lead your children’s ministry!

Here’s what he says:

The very best leaders I know wrestle with words until they are able to communicate their big ideas in a way that capture the imagination, catalyzes action, and lifts spirits. They coin creeds and fashion slogans and create rallying cries, all because they understand that language matters. (page 17)

  • Are you thinking through exactly how you will cast the vision? In your large group settings? To a potential volunteer? To parents?
  • Are you creating memorable catch phrases for your team to hang on to, ones that enhance & enlarge the vision as they speak?
  • Are you (and your team) careful with the language you use with your kids…is it age appropriate? Is it relevant and not “Christianese”?

Language matter! Are you paying attention?

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Greg Baird
Founder of Children's Ministry Leader at Children's Ministry Leader
My passion is seeing the lives of children transformed. I believe the best way to do that is to equip leaders in the local church to serve children, volunteers and parents to invest in the lives of children at church and in the home. That?s what we do here at Children?s Ministry Leader ? equip leaders to create healthy Children?s & Family Ministry.
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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