Just recently I returned from a Children’s Ministry conference in North Carolina. The Keynote Speakers were tremendous and the Breakout Sessions were very productive.
Talking to other Children’s Ministry Pastors and Directors made me see a pattern in how and why they did this crazy thing called ministry. I began to see a pattern in work ethics and attitudes. Those that complained about their jobs the most in comparison to those who shared and reflected joy in their jobs.
I began to see a list forming, a practice of attitude that flowed out of those with the joy and excitement of serving in the Children’s Ministry.
These practices can easily be passed onto anyone in the work force as well.
Here they are…
1. Don’t just work; work to be really good at something.
“Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand before kings;He will not stand before obscure men.”
2. Be responsive to those above you and earn their trust.
“Like the cold of snow in the time of harvest is a faithful messenger to those who send him, For he refreshes the soul of his masters.”
“Poor is he who works with a negligent hand, but the hand of the diligent makes rich.”
4. Be an encourager and teambuilder.
1 Thess 5:11
“Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.”
“Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.”
5. Keep your word.
“But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’; anything beyond these is of evil.”
“In whose eyes a reprobate is despised, but who honors those who fear the LORD; He swears to his own hurt and does not change.”
I know there is much more than just this short list of 5; however, it is a great litmus test for me as I approach each day and each facet of the ministries the Lord has given me charge of.