If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; but when they attend to what He reveals, they are most blessed.
Proverbs 29:18 (The Message)
What a great visual this verse offers – lack of vision causes confusion! You’ve seen it in ministry before, either as a leader or a follower (or probably both), and it can kill a children’s ministry, reducing it to nothing more than babysitting.
Vision is primarily developed by leaders, but must be shared by the team. It is a sense of what lies ahead. As Andy Stanley says,
Vision is a clear mental picture of what could be, fueled by the conviction that it should be.
Too often children’s ministry is ineffective or, worse, in chaos (where volunteers “stumble all over themselves”), because of a lack of vision. Perhaps the KidMin leader is not well enough equipped to see the vision for their ministry. Perhaps they have gotten so caught up in the details that they cannot see the big picture. Perhaps they are so tired, or distracted, or hardened, that their limited relationship with God prevents them from seeing the vision He wants to give them.
But vision matters. Vision is critical. And vision must be cast as one of the unequivocal duties (privileges!) of the Children’s Ministry leader.
Do you have a clear mental picture of what could be, fueled by the conviction that it should be? If so, please leave a comment & share your vision for your Children’s Ministry.