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Children’s Ministry is Top Priority; therefore, Children’s Ministry Leaders are Top Priority!

Many of you who have received our email newsletters over the years realize that I am a straightforward “shoot from the hip” kind of guy. I regularly challenge myself to let my ‘yes’ be ‘yes’ and my ‘no’ be ‘no.’

Another trait you may have picked up on is my passion for ministry and evangelism. It is my deep conviction that children not only thoroughly enjoy their church experience, but truly encounter and develop a relationship with their Heavenly Father.

This “Personal Word of Challenge” combines these two characteristics. Summertime is almost ready to wind down and the kids will soon be heading back to school. The hustle and bustle of VBS, Kids’ Crusades, Kids’ Camps, and the like will soon be replaced with preparations for fall activities. This is the best time of year for you to take a personal inventory. Let’s examine a couple of areas together.

First, let’s look at your life as a minister. You are called to be a shepherd. You are called to give and minister life into the lives of those in your flock. Can you effectively do that if you yourself are lacking life? Before you skip on down to those things below, please seriously consider your spirit’s nutritional intake. I have found that when one is heavily involved in ministry it becomes very easy to give, and give, and give without taking in. It is a deception to believe that a fair reading of the scripture and a short time in prayer combined with time ministering in service will provide the anointing you personally require. This first point falls into that category of doing versus being. You can become so involved in doing (what is required in the work of the ministry) that you begin to fade in being (whom God desires you to be).

Secondly, consider the focus of your ministry. Are you spending more time in counting attendance or conversion numbers, building props, designing puppet skits, etc. than in passionate prayer? There is a reason that the early church set up an administrative structure that would allow the apostles to first and foremost devote themselves to prayer. Should we consider ourselves greater than those apostles who physically fellowshipped with our Savior, those God selected to powerfully inspire by His Holy Spirit to pen the Holy Scriptures? If they needed a schedule devoted to prayer, so do we!

Prayer does change things! Prayer is the most important aspect of your spiritual walk. It brings you into direct communication with the Author and Finisher of your faith! Consider the great cloud of witnesses. Consider those like Smith Wigglesworth, George Mueller, and E. M. Bounds. These ‘standard carriers’ of prayer set before us an example not only of the importance of our prayer, but also the power from our time in prayer.

God has been doing a fresh work, a rejuvenating work, in the heart and soul of this children’s minister. Purpose, focus, direction, and dedication are so much clearer than ever before. As Oswald Chambers penned, I also join in declaring that I desire to give “My Utmost For His Highest!”

Will you join with me in this call? Do you feel the tug to do more? Is there a certain passion growing inside you to see more take place through your services and ministry? I love the way one minister puts it. He talks of making a “quality decision” which is a decision that there is no turning away from. Will you make a quality decision to dig deeper into the spiritual wealth of what God has prepared for you to discover and experience the fullness of His Blessing in all that your hands find to do?

Let me “shoot from the hip” and put it a little more forcefully. Mt. 22:14 “Many are called, but few are chosen.” In this case, it is better to be in the few than the many! Show yourself the faithful servant that the Master has put in charge to give His servants their food at the proper time (Mt. 24:45). Get serious about your personal interactions with God — Today! Do not allow them to become routine habits that take place like a rote prayer over dinner. The greater your relationship with the Almighty becomes, the more powerful your ministry to your flock.

Children across the globe are under the most severe spiritual attack in history. Therefore, we are led to one obvious conclusion.

Children’s Ministry is top priority; therefore, Children’s Ministry Leaders are top priority!

Today’s Children’s Ministry Leaders must be: anointed, spiritually dedicated, faithful, fervent intercessors, Spirit-empowered for leadership, and supernaturally insightful.

It is our prayer that your spirit leaps as you read these words and grabs hold of all that God has already planned for you this day and every day!

Alisa and I pray for a fresh anointing to be poured into your life this very moment. We place our hope in God Almighty, who began this great work in you, to complete what He has started as you fully and enthusiastically devote yourself anew to His call.

Rev. Gary R. Linn

Rev. Gary R. Linn
Children’s Ministry Today

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