resources for effective children's ministry
We have been receiving requests for information, ideas and resources for youth ministry, so along with our next issue - due out in June - we will be including the first issue of "About the Youth Department". If you have questions about youth resources or ideas that have worked for you, please e-mail them to us and we will try to include them in our first issue of "About the Youth Department".
Over the past few months I have run into several former Children's Directors who have left the ministry due to politics in their church. I would like to encourage pastors and church boards to support and encourage their Children's Directors. The ministry of the Children's Department is so vitally important to both the children and the church - we need Children's Directors who are passionately committed to effective ministry. If God has sent you a Children's Director, first of all thank Him for doing so. Then commit to support your Children's Director by refusing to listen to complaints unless the complainer has talked to the Children's Director about their concerns themselves. Listening to that kind of gossip and then caving in to it will compromise your ability to have effective ministry. No Children's Director is perfect - no pastor or board or church member is either - but if they know that they have your firm support they will be able to serve effectively. I would like to encourage pastors and boards to support and encourage their Children's Directors so that they are free to serve effectively. It is so sad to talk with Children's Directors who have not been supported by the church and have left children's ministry as a result. If you are a Children's Director I would like to encourage you that what you are doing does really matter and to try to continue to serve the Lord where you are. If that is not possible, please remain open to the Lord's leading and continue to trust Him.
Well, I pray that this issue will be a source of help to you in your ministry and that effective ministry will continue to flourish in your church this Spring and Summer!
Feel free to contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
About The Children's Department - Volume 2, Edition 1
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