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10 Stupid Things We Do in Children's Ministry

It might seem harsh, but sometimes we are just downright stupid! Why do we do things that will hurt us, those around us, and our ministries?

I don’t know, but over and over I’ve seen myself and others do these things:

  1. Try and do everything myself (= burnout and attitude issues)
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  2. Beg for volunteers (= not taking the time or energy to clarify a compelling vision that will draw people to my ministry)
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  3. Don’t equip (train) volunteers properly (= low quality ministry, also known as childcare)
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  4. Discount the value of developing leaders (= limited ministry potential)
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  5. Never encourage my team (= high turnover and bad morale)
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  6. Don’t connect my ministry to families (= what happens at church stays at church)
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  7. Neglect the equipping of parents (= arrogance of thinking I am the primary, spiritual investor in children’s lives)
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  8. Speak poorly of church leaders instead of handling issues properly (= being “that” person that causes the most damage in my own ministry)
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  9. Place my ministry over my family (= very misaligned priorities that will lead to significant regret)
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  10. Disregard my own spiritual formation (= perfect formula for personal and corporate failure in ministry)

What would you add?

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Greg Baird is a Children’s Ministry veteran with over 20 years ministry experience. Greg has had the privilege of serving in four San Diego area churches, including under the leadership of both John Maxwell and David Jeremiah. He continues to fulfill his life calling through the ministry of ChildrensMinistryLeader.com, offering an experienced voice in equipping and connecting Children’s Ministry leaders around the country and around the world.