3. Question Everything
For some reason in church world we are afraid of questioning what we do and what we believe. There are lots of reasons for this that I won’t get into because I will end up writing an entirely different post 🙂
In order to stay dynamic in children’s ministry, we need to question why we do what we do. Why do we use curriculum? Why do we write curriculum? Why have curriculum at all? Why do we sing? What are we accomplishing by having or not having small groups? Why do we teach what we teach? Is children’s ministry really that important?
I think you get the point.
After we ask questions, then we need to ask more questions. We even need to ask the same questions in different ways. This can be very hard to do alone. It can even be hard to do it with a team (if you have one). One of the best ways I’ve discovered to ask questions is to enlist the help of a coach… you know the life coach kind of coach. This kind of coach is different than a mentor-coach. Someone doing pure coaching will simply ask questions and help you take a look at situations from as many angles as possible without injecting their opinions into the situation. This kind of coaching is hard to go through because we simply want someone to give us the answers or their feedback. Unfortunately, if you get the answers too quickly or you don’t come to conclusions on your own, then you short circuit the effectiveness of questioning everything as a way to stay dynamic.
When you question everything is this context, it isn’t necessarily about getting answers. It’s more about figuring out why you do what you do. It’s about discovering what makes you and the children’s ministry you oversee tick. Once you discover that, you can begin to change and adapt those things as needed in order to stay dynamic.
So, put aside those “gotta get it done” tendencies and question away. Enlist the help of a life coach. Get to the root of why you do what you do and begin seeing things from a whole new perspective.
Have any of you enlisted the help of a life coach? How has it helped? How has it not helped? What do you do to question everything? How do you keep from limiting your questioning?
You can check out other parts to this series:
#1. Creative Space
#4. Get Involved in Your Community
#6. When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Grape Juice!
#7. It’s Not About You
#8. The Holy Spirit is Your Friend