So, I have been employed in children's ministry for 10 months now and I can hardly believe it. I feel completely at home, like it's something I've been doing for years. Of course, I have worked with children for a while now . . . but the ministry is different.
There's so much MORE to ministry than meets the eye. The organizational, analytical side of me loves the behind-the-scenes administrative duties, while the personal teacher side of me thrives in the active child-centered activities . . . and the socially awkward part of me loathes the many many phone calls. But all of these aspects makes the ministry what it is - a multi-faceted job that no one can do alone.
And I am SO thankful that I am not alone. Not only am I understudy to an amazing children's ministry director who is SO dedicated to the children she works with, but I am also priveleged to work alongside many many many volunteers who give freely of their precious time to inspire children and to teach them about Jesus. Each person that I work with has unique gifts and talents - and together, we all make up the body of Christ. Thank God I'm not alone.
Ephesians 4 speaks to the unity of the body of believers and to the uniqueness of each us.
One of a kind . . . united for the purpose of One.
One of the most rewarding things I've learned in the last 10 months is how the entire church is crazily interrelated. Children's ministry is not isolated from Women's Ministry or the Senior Adult Ministry or the Youth Ministry. EVERYONE has a part in EVERYTHING the church does. And when we, as young married couples and new moms and single dads and children and 30-year teaching veterans and missionaries and teens come together to do ministry, it can be AMAZING. I've seen it with my own human eyes . . .
. . . and I know God's vision is SO MUCH BIGGER.
I want to be a part of that Big Picture, the Eternal Plan, the Kingdom Work. Do you?
What are we doing today to make an eternal impact? What ministry or life are we investing in to further God's purpose and to spread His glory?