Over the past couple of months, I’ve been challenged by a few people in my life (you know who you are!!) to not just ask questions about children’s ministry with a missional mindset and post thoughts about it but to sit down and succinctly articulate what a missional paradigm of children’s ministry looks like.
Now, for those who know me well (which includes some of those pushing me)… know that I don’t like to be nailed down. I need to be able to adapt and change and go with the flow. That doesn’t mean I don’t have a plan and doesn’t mean I don’t do the things I talk about. But I do understand the need to articulate all that I do and all that is percolating inside my head in regards to what children’s ministry looks like in a “Third Way” paradigm.
So, this new series is a way for me to gather input from those in CM who are on a similar journey as well as those who disagree with me on the direction of CM. It is also a way for me to stay accountable to those who have challenged me as well as to those of you who do read my blog. Also, I do believe that the wisdom of the crowd is better than any one individual (thanks Charles Lee for exhibiting that at The Idea Camp), and since that belief is part of the paradigm I am looking at when it comes to children and families this is an effort to be authentic in putting together this missional paradigm of children’s ministry.
I will be posting in a couple of days some of my preliminary thoughts and what I am doing to make some of this happen where I am. I’d love to hear from you all and work with you all to figure out what missional children’s ministry looks like… for now. 😉