WEEKLY KIDMIN QUESTION:
“So, why did you decide to write a book?” – submitted by Aaron in Arkansas
Since I announced that I was writing a book several months ago, this question has been asked of me many times. I will have to admit, I asked it of myself many times – in many various forms.
I have read many books relating to Kids Ministry. There are some that focus solely on practical ministry helps (i.e. Learn To Juggle In 15 Short Lessons or Understanding Your Pre-Teens). There are others that focus solely on Leadership Lessons (i.e. 12 Habits Of The Post-Modern Kids Pastor). Still others focus on challenging the status quo and making a BIG paradigm shift in the Kidmin World.
Most books I read come from the angle of “learning from the expert.” That’s not the book I wanted to write. Although I have been a Kids Pastor for nearly 20 years now, I in no way consider myself an “expert.” I have failed more times than I can count.
That’s why I decided to reflect on my first 20 years of Kids Ministry and document the biggest mistakes I have made. These mistakes range from leadership mistakes, personal failures, and practical ministry blunders. I have written about them all in I Blew It!: the biggest mistakes I’ve made in kids ministry and how you can avoid them.
All of us must learn how to handle it when we make mistakes—and we certainly are going to make plenty of them. We’re human, and mistakes are a normal part of life. Ministry (and every other part of life) is packed with difficult choices that require wisdom, and often, we have to face problems we’ve never encountered before. Mistakes are inevitable—sometimes really big ones! No matter how hard we try to do things right, the question isn’t “Will I make mistakes?” but “How will I respond to my mistakes?”
This book is a collection of stories (some funny, some devastating) documenting mistakes I’ve made and the lessons I’ve learned in more than twenty years of kids’ ministry. I hope you can learn from my mistakes so you don’t have to make them yourself.