What if there was a waiting to list to serve in children’s ministry at church? Has that ever happened? I must say, since I have been at Daystar I have been more well-staffed in children’s ministry than at any other place I have ever been. I would even go so far as to say we are more often than not fully staffed. But I have never had a waiting list for serving! What an incredible place to be.
As some of you know my son joined the Marine Corps this past year. He has had to travel quite a bit and at times has had to layover in airports overnight or several hours at a time. Each time he has had the opportunity to visit the USO lounge at the airport. The USO (United Service Organizations) is a private, non-profit organization that provides morale and recreational services to members of the US Military and their families. His description of the care and attention he receives makes my momma’s heart happy.
Recently I decided that I wanted to give back to this organization that has been so helpful to my son, so I submitted an application to volunteer at the closest USO airport site to my area – Raleigh-Durham International Airport. As soon as I submitted my volunteer application I got a notice that said, “Thank you for your interest in volunteering with the USO. At the current time there is a waiting list for volunteers. You will be notified when there is a need in your area.” What??? A waiting list to volunteer??? That is incredible!!!
What if we had that same “problem” in children’s ministry? Can you imagine? What if, instead of trying to figure out the next best strategy for encouraging people to join our team, we were saying, “Thank you for your interest. Our current team is full, but we will notify you when there is a need.” What if instead of spending our energy pleading for more help we were able to spend that energy in training and equipping team members. A girl can dream, can’t she?
I am so grateful that there are so many people willing to volunteer their time to help my marine be comfortable. His sacrifice to our country, along with all the other service members, deserves no less. But, isn’t the sacrifice that Jesus made for us worth even more?
There *should* be a waiting list – and not just for children’s ministry. Believers should be involved in the local church and a part of the mission of reaching the lost. Children’s ministry should not be viewed as “childcare”, but an extension of the ministry that is happening in the church as a whole. As we minister to children we are also ministering to families. As parents feel comfortable with the children’s area, they are able to be relaxed and open to hearing what God has to say to them in “big church”. When our rooms are well-staffed we send the message to parents that we are prepared for their little one.
While I am so incredibly grateful to be very well-staffed at Daystar, I will continue to pray that some day, like the USO, we will have a waiting list to serve.