I think the words, “Just ask God,” pretty well some up my children’s ministry philosophy.
I probably started my kidmin journey in Tennessee, but like every good journey, there was some packin up and movin on to be done. And so we packed up and moved backed to where we began in church as a couple in a small town in Southeast Iowa. We came back for my husband’s work. I was a stay at home mom with compulsive volunteer tendencies who began to help back at that local church. I had been asked to consider a position there as the children’s minister, but declined because of the ages of our children. We hired someone else, a great guy that I loved and respected because of his love and respect for our kids and the Lord. After he left it was determined that we needed to hire another additional staff person, outside of children’s minstry, at the time. So one of our elders came and asked me if I would be willing to oversee the ministry for a year and at that time they would again look for someone to lead our children’s ministry. I said, “Yes,” and the rest is, as they say, His-story.
When I look back at those beginning years, I think the words, “Just ask God,” pretty well some up my children’s ministry philosophy. Back then, I didn’t even know such things as children’s ministry philosophies existed. I surely didn’t know I would ever need them as I entered the world of children’s ministry leadership quite by accident. I mean it was just for a year, afterall!! But those words have changed my life, and I hope the lives of at least, by now, a generation of kids. You have to remember that back then there weren’t blogs, and tweets, or social networking. GROUP was just getting their name out, and curriculum options were limited. So what’s a girl to do when she is called, but not really equipped??? Well, she just asks God.
The resource of the Almighty isn’t just for “professional ministry”, although we sometimes overlook Him. One of our small group members has shared recently that as she prays, she sometimes finds herself “stuck” not knowing what to pray, so she “just asks God.”
“God. What would you have me pray?” And she reports, not surprisingly, that He is always faithful to direct her prayer life. Imagine that?! We ask, and He answers. And yet, we often forget to ask. We trudge on in confusion, frustration, inadequacy, and doubt when we could be moving in power, clarity and confidence.
So through the years, “just ask God” has pretty much been my #1 children’s ministry method in planning and preparing.
“God. What would you have us do here in our little town in the corner of Iowa?”
“God. What do you think is the priority for our kids right here, right now?”
“God. What needs to be taught at this week of camp?”
“God. What do you want here?”
I believe without a doubt that going straight to The Source and “just asking God” is the key to knowing where we are going, not just in ministry, but in our families, jobs and everyday life. So if you are looking for a little wisdom today in your ministry, or in your life in general,let me encourage you to go back to the beginning, and “Just Ask God.”
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.”