Non-Negotiables of a Children’s Ministry Leader’s Day

Non-Negotiables of a Children’s Ministry Leader’s Day

Not negotiableWhat I’ve found as a Children’s & Family Ministry Leader for 25+ years is that there really is no “typical” day.  It’s not unusual at all for my day to look completely different at the end of the day than I thought it would at the beginning of the day.

Have you found that to be true?

More often than not, also, my calendar looks like a 3 year old got a hold of it with a box of crayons…meetings, notes, to-do reminders and … more meetings!

I hate meetings and I hate getting interrupted. But that’s what happens when you are trying to serve people, and people are what we’re all about, aren’t they?

Anyway, that’s not what this post is about.  What it’s really about is the non-negotiable’s I try and include in my day.  I plan my day and sometimes (usually) it gets scrambled by something (or someone).  But I try and include these 5 things in my day regardless of the disruptions:

Non-Negotiables of a Children’s Ministry Leader’s Day

1. Worship

My ministry must flow from my relationships with God.  If it isn’t, something is wrong.  My relationship with God does not “fit” into my day…my day “fits” into my relationship with God.

2. Engagement

There’s lots of things I can engage with, but what I’m talking about here is my family.  It is so easy – and I’ve been guilty as much as anyone – to throw ourselves into ministry (especially those busy times that we all know of) and neglect our family.  Please don’t do that.  Again…my ministry must fit within my family, not vice-versa.  (Here’s a great post on this idea).

3. Growth

As a leader, I must be growing.  Growth happens daily, not in a day, so I must do the things that help me grow every single day.  For me, that starts with a commitment to read 1 chapter a day, and I do other things as I’m able.

4. Equipping

If you are in a “pastoral” position, do you know what your SINGLE responsibility is?  Ephesians 4:12 tells us (speaking of church leaders):

“Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do His work and build up the church, the body of Christ.”

Not a lot of room for argument there, is there? I need to do things to equip others to do God’s work.

5. Creating

I do not consider myself a creative person in the traditional sense of the word (I’ve learned to lean on others to make up for this).  However, I’ve found in myself and in most other leaders the real need to create.  If I don’t create, I end my day frustrated.  It doesn’t have to be much – maybe even just creating a blog post I’m happy with – but I’ve got to create something useful during my day.

These are my 5 “non-negotiable’s” in my day. What are yours?

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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.

2 Responses to Non-Negotiables of a Children’s Ministry Leader’s Day

  1. Great post Greg. Numbers 1-3 resonated with me the most. Sometimes I allow myself to get so caught up doing work FOR God that I don’t spend time with God like I should. Thank you for the reminder.

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