In my previous post, I shared the dangers of Kidmin Tunnel Vision. This is when you get so laser focused on Kids Ministry that you fail to keep the BIG picture of the WHOLE church in mind. Today, I want to share how you can avoid falling into this trap!
It’s not enough to sit back and expect your pastor or other staff members to make sure you’re vitally connected with the entire scope of the church’s life. That’s your responsibility. Here are some steps you can take to Avoid Kidmin Tunnel Vision:
1) Read every available piece of information. – Make it a weekly practice to read the bulletin, newsletters, articles on the website, and anything else that tells what the church is doing.
2) Ask questions. – If you’re unsure about an upcoming event, a strategy, or any other plan, take the initiative to get an answer to your questions.
3) Watch or listen to the Sunday morning service. – Most churches record the pastor’s sermon each week. If you can’t attend the service (and most of the time you can’t), make it a priority to listen to the message sometime during the week. It will keep you connected to the pastor and to the heartbeat of the church.
4) Pay attention in staff meetings. – Shut down Twitter, Facebook, and your web browser. You are getting the info you need if you will just LISTEN and document it.
5) Regularly pray for your pastor and other department leaders. – This choice has made a huge difference in my perspective, my attitude, and my relationships with each person on the team. They’ve told me the greatest challenges they face in their ministries, and I found out their joys and struggles in their families. My commitment to pray for them has kept me connected and prevented me from becoming focused only on Kids Ministry.
So, don’t hesitate. Choose NOW to start these five habits. They will keep you from falling into the trap of Kidmin Tunnel Vision, and you will stay vitally connected to your pastor and entire team.