WE HOPE TO SHARE A TIP OR STRATEGY FOR MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR MONDAY.
“Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.” – 1 John 4:11-13
This week has been the first full week that my family has been a part of a new church community. When you are new, you have a unique eye on the ministry you experience. You see things unlike those around you.
This past Wednesday night was my son Oden’s (pictures above, far right) first as a part of the Children’s ministry program. He was unsure at first but quickly was swept up by a loving group of kids into the activities.
The experiences on this Wednesday night were not unlike others I have experienced in my life, but it was the first time I experienced them in this place and as a mother. So it made me wonder, with fresh eyes and a new perspective, what the evaluative questions of ministry might be. I offer a few up to you to consider.
1. Who is participating in the event/activity?
2. Have you asked them why? If so, why do they participate?
3. What connections are being (or not being made) at this event and at this time?
4. What do the participants go home talking about?
5. Do you have a story that needs to be told coming from this event/activity?
6. Have you told it?
7. Where is God/Christ/Holy Spirit moving in this event/activity?
As I drove home from our Wednesday night experience, Oden talking non-stop about a silly song about Henry the worm, I realized that these moments are the measure of success. In addition to singing about the worm, he talked about Jesus Christ, new friends and playing ball. Oden has asked me every day since, “Can we go to Church, Mommy?” Apparently something happened that night and it made an incredible impact on him.
I encourage you this Monday to consider where the points of true impact are in your ministry, and it may not be in the place where you would normally look.