Over the past few years, I have learned a lot about the ins and outs of kids ministry but one of the things that stands out is probably one that gets overlooked the most - authenticity.
Many times in kids ministry, there is the temptation to be someone you’re not. Allow me to explain. It’s easy to look to other kids ministries around the country and then try to copy what works for them, assuming that it will work for you as well. Now, I am not opposed to researching new methods to implement during the weekend services. In fact, quite the opposite. We believe there are many benefits that accompany ideas from other ministries.
However, no one does a better job of BEING YOU than you! God created you to impact those in your sphere of influence and no one can do that better. Asking God to help spark creativity to build an authentic kids ministry is one of the most important things you can do as a leader. Authenticity attracts people. People want to be around someone that is “real”. You may hear things like “they are so down to earth,” or “I can totally relate to them”. Authenticity is exciting, and it’s the very thing that Jesus conveyed.
The Gospel is for EVERYONE. That includes children. I believe when we spend so much time trying to figure out how to make our ministry like so and so’s, we miss out on the creative ideas that the Holy Spirit has in mind for us to be authentic. Trust that since God has placed you in this position of leadership, He will also anoint you to be successful. Let’s not push away what God is trying to speak by our own rationalization or by what someone else is doing. If God wanted another YOU, then He would have created one. Be authentic. No one else does it better than YOU!