I'm searching for just the right thing
to say. Can we talk? I can't put into words how important it is to
talk with others. Maybe a cat's got your tongue, but I'm here to
help. Here are three reasons it's important to talk with
It's important to talk to kids. In their new book Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore,
Thom and Joani Schultz explore what's driving people away from
church and thwarting spiritual growth. People don't want to be
lectured…they want to participate in conversation.
that all ages-from preschoolers to the elderly-want to engage in
conversation," say the authors. "Think how un-conversation-friendly
our churches are designed to be. Sitting in chairs or pews, facing
a stage, and looking at the backs of people's heads are hardly
conducive to talking with others.
And it's not
just conversation people are after. They have questions. They have
doubts. They have stories they want to share. They wonder about a
great many things. But there's no place for their questions, their
doubts, their stories, or their wonderings in church."
children's ministry a place where kids can come with questions,
share their God sightings, and make discoveries without feeling
like faith is a subject in school? A great way to start is by
asking conversation-starting questions during your time with kids.
Here are some tips to get you started.
2. It's important to talk to your
volunteers. For me, this one is easily overlooked,
especially if you currently have a team of all-stars that can run
things even when you're gone. Talking with volunteers is key to
keeping your children's ministry engine running smoothly. Talk to
past volunteers to find out why they left, what they liked most,
and what they'd recommend changing. Talk to current volunteers and
let them know your plans. And get their input while you're at it!
And finally, talk to future volunteers...all those potential
helpers sitting in big church! The first step in growing your team
3. It's important to talk with other
leaders. Jesus said, "For where two or three have gathered
together in My name, I am there in their midst."It's true: God
never designed you to do ministry-or life-alone. It's in the space
between people that God shows up.
One of my favorite parts of our KidMin conference is seeing our friends in
ministry gather together in Connect Groups for conversations. The
conversation (ideas, encouragement, and bonding) that takes place
Looking to connect with others in children's
ministry? Try calling up any neighboring churches' kidmin leaders
for coffee. Or go online. A list of Top 100 Kidmin Tweeters has just been released,
and it's full of people ready to inspire you!
How do you communicate? Meetings, emails,
tweets, carrier pigeons? Talk to us using the comment section
below! And keep the conversation going with me on Twitter! I'm @rdavidjennings and I'd love to connect with