This is my second Orange Essential post to read the first one click on this link. Orange Essential #1
Orange Essential #2 –
Refine the message in our context speaks of three things.
2. Teach less for more
3. Partner with parents.
1. Focus – I think most kids pastors would agree we all have some form of ADD. Given the vast array of things we do and hats we wear most of the time our ADDness works in our favor. Where it works against us is in the area of Focus. To often we slip into a week to week mindset where we do what we need to from week to week without thought of the larger picture and what it is that we are trying to say in a larger context.
This lack of focus really hurts us when it comes to recruiting volunteers, conveying truth to our kids, and in partnering with parents. In recruiting we do it based on need because we see only what is in front of us and not based on a simply stated vision that others can see grab onto and run with. In conveying truth to kids if we are not focused on thinking with the end in mind we will just give them some gospel buckshot (lots of information not so much direction). In partnering with parents we have no time for that even though we value it in theory, but because of our lack of focus we are ruled by our week to week madness.
How I have been working on the area of focus in my life.
- Committing more things to prayer – The more I am in “control” the less margin there is for God to do what he does best order my steps
- Continue to remind my staff level volunteers that we need to think beyond the week to week
- Do a more intentional Job of thinking in terms of years not weeks
- Let my ical dictate my schedule not tyranny of the urgent.
2. Teach less for more. – I wont go into all of this but Reggie does an amazing job explaining the value of this if you don’t have the book “Think Orange” order it now. Basically teach kids the basics beyond that equip parents to instill a Biblical worldview in their children, with the goal being that their children will be a fully mature young adult and have the ability to grow in their faith on their own.
3. Partner with parents. – Like I said yesterday this is the one that I am really working on in the next few years. It is not easy to partner with parents in the true sense of the word. The reason for this is two fold, children’s pastors have set themselves up as the only one who can teach kids the bible in a relevant way, the other reason is parents are busy and often obfuscate their responsibility of spiritual formation in their children’s lives to the church.
I think orientating a child with a a biblical worldview and having a correct understanding of true biblical theology can only happen though proactive spiritual development at home.
Does this leave us as church leaders off the hook. Not at all. We just need to do a better job of leaving leaving our messiah complex at the door and spend our energy equiping and cheering on moms and dad and be another voice of truth in their child’s life.
So Refine the message – Focus, teach less and engage families