As this year draws to a close, I know there are some who are stepping aside from their current role in children's ministry. Some are facing family challenges that are putting extra strain on their time and availability, some are moving elsewhere, some are taking on new roles or positions. Some may not even know where the coming year will see them but just know that God is leading them elsewhere.Whether this is an exciting new move or maybe a daunting prospect, it is sure to be accompanied by feelings of uncertainty and a degree of sadness that an important part of life and ministry has ended. With this in mind, I've included a post adapted for EchoHub
by Gary Molander,changed a little for children's ministry, and titled 'You are not your Ministry'.
I know some things about you:
I know that you are not your program.
I know that you are not your church.
You are not your technical expertise, or lack thereof.
You are not your voice, even though children love it when you're presenting the lesson.
You are not what your authority figures believe about you.
You are not your blog posts, or your readers' insane responses.
You are not your Twitter count, or your Facebook friend total.
You are not your impact.
You are not your success, and you are not your failures.
You are not that thing in your life that didn't work out.
You are not that thing in your life that worked perfectly.
But, I also know this about you;
I know that, in Christ, you are a child of God.
My friends, there will come a day when you no longer create exciting learning environments for children. There will come a day when the software you use is no longer in existence. There will come a day when you no longer serve in the church, in that ministry. There will come a day when he's no longer your boss, and they're no longer your leadership team. There will come a day when you quit blogging, and when people put Twitter and eight-track tapes in the same category. There will even come a day when your impact wanes.
But... there will never, ever come a day when you stop being a child of God.