Axioms for KidMin – #5

Axioms for KidMin #5 – Are We Still Having Fun? 

How do you gauge the fulfillment level of your team? Whether you are talking about staff or volunteers, the answer to this question is a critical, fundamentally important to the success – or failure – in accomplishing your vision.

In Bill Hybels book Axioms, he addresses this with the following:

In leadership terms, we carry a responsibility to lead in such a way that those we lead are as freed up as possible to do their jobs from a place of life and peace. Are they slotted properly in terms of position? Are they carrying the right load? Are organizational expectations of them extremely clear? The shorthand way I stay apprised of this stuff is by asking my staff & colleagues, “Are we still having fun?” (page 175)

What a great question! And so, so appropriate for Children’s Ministry. Your team needs to be “having fun” or something is wrong. Now, this doesn’t mean they are always laughing & joking and always “having fun” in that sense. Rather, it means there is a sense of fulfillment and meaning about what they are contributing. There’s a sense of purpose and camaraderie among the team. The work may not be easy, but there is an eagerness to do it, a willingness to invest and a cheerfulness amidst the tiredness when it’s complete.

As Hybels continues,

I’m asking if there still exists something fundamentally life-giving about the role they’re playing and the job they are doing. . . When we are focused on the right mission and have the right people executing roles that are consistent with their gifts and calling, I expect to see a bounce in people’s step, a sparkle in their eyes, joy in their hearts, and energy to spare.” (pages 175-176)

Is that what you see in your team? Are we still having fun? If not, why not?

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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, offering an experienced voice in equipping and connecting Children’s Ministry leaders around the country and around the world.