How I Got Swept Into Children's Ministry
Membership Level› Guest
Author/Source: Roger Fields
Topic: Working in Kidmin
Whether 'called', 'led', or 'dragged'... being swept into children's ministry can be the most rewarding experience.
My background was in adult ministry. That’s the ministry where people don’t vomit during your message and they go pee without raising their hands.
After pastoring two churches I took a sweet gig as an associate pastor in Florida. It was a cushy job without much pressure where I got to sit in one of the big chairs on the platform. (Yes, that dates me.)
Then suddenly our children’s pastor left. He was very good. We tried to raise up someone from within the church to fill the position. That idea crashed. We were getting desperate.
So I said to the pastor, “Let me get in there to hold it together while we look for someone else.” I thought that was noble of me.
The pastor gave me the green light and said, “You do that, Roger.” I jumped in with both feet.
My first Sunday I’m standing behind my little, wooden podium when the first kid entered children’s church and sat down in the front row. He looked up at me and said, “Who are you?”
“I’m Roger,” I replied.
“Well, we don’t want you,” he said emphatically, “we want Brother Larry.” He marched out of children’s church. His mother promptly returned him and gave me a disgruntled look. I didn’t even know that you can’t just let a kid leave children’s church. Didn’t know I had to secure the premises.
I had a lot to learn.
Three months went by and it dawned on me that we weren’t looking for anyone else. The vacuum had sucked me in. I later realized that’s how lots of people end up in children’s ministry.
This was getting serious. “Is children’s ministry my new direction in life?” I asked. I never saw this coming. I never envisioned myself as a children’s pastor.
And then I got hooked.
Now I love the opportunity to communicate the good news of the Gospel to kids. I love the freedom to create environments that are fun and spiritually vibrant. I love working with my team. I love the challenge.
Ministering to kids and families has been–and continues to be–a great ride! I might not have entered children’s ministry otherwise. I get the joy of seeing kids learn while having fun. I enjoy creating stuff that reaches kids. Through my Kidz Blitz travels I get to meet phenomenal children’s pastors and family ministers.
You never know where God will take you. So I’m glad I got swept led in.