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Are you part time as a ministry leader? I was for a season. I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to be a part time ministry leader when my kids were younger. There are a lot of ministry leaders juggling work/home. But I’ve come to a conclusion. For those passionate to reach kids, there’s really no such thing as part time. You eat, breath and think ministry.
You take things home. You wake up at night thinking how to make a lesson plan even better. You go to a store and see an item that you could use in your small group time. You strive to grow your volunteer team. You send texts, notes and pray for team members. My hunch is that most of this isn’t done while at church. You search for insights to help improve and develop yourself as a leader. You are nothing short of full time in the effort you make as you do ministry part time.
Here’s the key to keep before you. You have a great King you report to who equips you to do much more than you thought In fact, you can do ALL things through Him (Phil 4:13) All things includes ministry too. It’s all His anyway. All your gifts, strengths and leadership. Draw your strength from Him. Stay close in prayer. And never stop striving to grow as you lead.
Spring flowers means only one thing for those in the trenches of ministry to kids… EASTER!
Easter is generally when everybody and their brother tries a little church. We’ve all been gearing up long before April hits to chk programming and somehow anticipate numbers of volunteers needed. But, let’s get a bit personal for a moment, eh? I have been through that weekend and never took time for a moment to embrace what is was to me. I was in leader mode- that Mary and Martha conflict deal. I tend to be a doer, so I can get an A in action and an F in being still. The sad part is that we do it to ourselves… like we have any power to do anything apart from His grace. Not a good place to be. It truly weakens us as leaders if we do not prioritize our personal spiritual health.
To all the Martha’s out there…
Carve out time now before the weekend is in full season and ponder the meaning of the cross. Reflect on His graciousness to you. What the resurrection means to you as a follower of Christ, not a ministry person, but a kid of the most High. Read the story for yourself of the account of Jesus’ death and resurrection. It is from Him, through Him, to Him.
Our church has a good Friday experience. The church is open all day, so many can come at their convenience. Their are “stations” if you will , of personal memory for you to experience. It’s accompanied by some great worship. I love that it is kept minimal, but so powerful for leaders and volunteers as they prep to serve. Makes me reflect. Makes me a better leader.