Do you know why you’re here?
No, not in the cosmic-meaning-of-life way. What I really want to know is if you understand how much YOU matter. To your ministry. To me. To parents. To Jesus.
Almost every week I get to do one of my absolute favorite things. I get to sit down across from a new volunteer, some time during their first serve, and I get to help them get a glimpse of why they’re here. Often, new volunteers think they are here because they want to help, they want to be part of something bigger, they want to be obedient to the God who has called each of us to serve Him. And while each of those things are important, they don’t always encompass the bigger vision. So I take the opportunity to share…
You’re here to play a part in helping kids experience life in Christ.
This is probably the piece we all think of when we recognize the eternal impact of our hours serving in kids ministry. When we compliment a child’s shoes, their hearts are softened so they can learn in their classrooms. When we soothe a crying baby, we are providing a glimpse of their loving heavenly Father. When we repeat our Bible verse in animal voices, we are building a foundation on which they will later develop a personal relationship with their Savior. When we pray with them, we model what a personal relationship with Jesus looks like. But that’s not the only reason we’re here….
You’re here to play a part in helping parents experience life in Christ.
When you take the time to put a first time guest at ease, you allow parents the freedom to worship and listen to the pastor without worrying about their child. When you go the extra step to make a child feel welcome in your class, parents get a glimpse of the love that Jesus Himself has for their child. But that’s not the only reason we’re here….
You’re here to play a part in every single person’s salvation story.
Because let’s face it – if we didn’t have kids ministry, and all of the children were in the auditorium, no one would have a distraction-free worship experience. And hearts wouldn’t be as open to the Gospel. And not as many lives would be changed. But that’s not the only reason we’re here…
You’re here to experience life change yourself.
Without a doubt, serving in kids ministry has changed me more than anything. God has used it to refine me, grow me, encourage me, reassure me, lift me, fill me, and challenge me. I hope I look just a little bit more like Jesus because of what He has done in me through serving.
You know what I would love? I would love to sit down with every single volunteer one-on-one and share this with them. I’ve already told you how much I love doing this with new volunteers. But unfortunately, I can’t possibly sit down with every single volunteer. But I want to. Because vision evaporates. The vision that I have just shared with you – the vision for what God wants to do in and through every single volunteer – it evaporates over time.
So while new volunteers are excited and filled with vision and ready to take part in what God is doing, our long term volunteers may be depleted. Yes, every one of you has heard these things before. But do you remember them every week? Or, as time goes on, do you forget it little by little.
Until you find yourself focused on filling a schedule instead of refilling the vision of your team.
I can’t do it all myself.
But you can help.
You can start breathing vision back into your team. You can take a moment to remind them of the part they play. You can share how they play a part in life change – EVERY SINGLE WEEK.
How? Text them and tell them. Share something on their Facebook wall about how they’ve played a part in this. Write them a note. Tell them to their faces. Send them this blog post!
Do you know why you’re here?
Does your team know why they’re here?