The Mediocre Kidmin Leader Part 3

Mediocrity is doing things the easy way. It’s not taking the time to give it your all. Mediocrity looks at children’s ministry and says, “Let’s just plug in the video curriculum…it’s easier that way.” Mediocrity is sacrificing what’s best for our kids for our convenience.

This past week has been a great test of what kind of leader I am and what kind of leaders my team are. We literally had three major projects due this week. It’s been one of those testing weeks. We could’ve easily looked at our situation, due dates, all the extra this that were placed in front of us that were not planned, etc and tried to find the easiest way to do them. We could’ve cut corners, not completed projects, etc. Instead, we got together and decided that the long hours (70+ for some of us), completion of the details, the tough phone calls to “make it happen” was all worth it.

In our ministry we do not settle for mediocrity. We don’t do things the easy way because it’s convenient. In fact, if you’re in ministry for the convenience you may want to reconsider what you’re doing. Ministry is anything but convenient and it’s not always easy. I’m all about work smarter and not harder, but not work convenient JUST because it’s easy. Mediocre kidmin leaders look at their schedule first before they look at the impact on the kids. Please hear me out, I’m not knocking on those who work full or part-time and aare leading kids ministry on the “side.” I did that for over two years and I know it’s not easy. I’m talking about the heart. You may be doing something that other people view as easy, but because you’re working 50+ hours a week at your job that’s the best you can do at this moment. That’s not mediocre, unless you know you can do better, but you choose not to because it’s inconvenient.

Don’t be mediocre. Stand out above the crowd and set the standard of excellence in your church!!

What say you?


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Justyn Smith is married to an amazing wife and is a father to five children. He is the children's pastor at South Hills Church in Corona, CA and has a passion to help other children’s pastors become great leaders in their local church and ministry. He consults, writes, and is a frequent conference speaker. Justyn is the host of Celera Kidmin (click for more info) and has recently been named one of "Children's Ministry Magazine's" Top 20 to Watch. Twitter: pastorjustyn Facebook: