“God wants a child’s heart and a grownup’s head.” C.S. Lewis
By Joni Lum, Children's Ministry Consultant
This week I listened to a podcast featuring Gordon MacDonald, a pastor, author, and Chancellor of Denver Seminary. This wise mentor to many pastors and church leaders shared the impact of a mentor in his life that set a foundation for his faith that he never strayed from. This mentor was a woman who taught Bible stories when he was 3-6 years old. He says, “she made those stories come so alive… And so I often say, even to this day, my faith is a story-based faith…”
I’ll bet there will be people that will say that very same thing about you.
C.S. Lewis is quoted as saying “Hardship often prepares an ordinary person for an extraordinary destiny.” Children’s ministry is often hard. We always need more leaders. We have to champion a cause with a population segment that is often cared for but not developed as disciples. We have to advocate for those who don’t have a voice. Just remember, whatever your hardship is, you are being prepared for an extraordinary destiny. Your ministry will impact generations to come. You matter. May your hearts retain the enthusiasm, innocence, and love of a child and may you lead wisely these that Jesus loves.