It's football season and our favorite teams are hitting the gridiron. My favorite team is whatever team my son is playing on. It doesn't matter. It is the relationship with my son that makes the team important. My next favorite team is the Green Bay Packers. Since I was a kid I was a Packers fan. I've moved all over but the team sticks with me. When I lived in Chicago during the Bears Super Bowl and the Super Bowl shuffle, I still remained true to the Green and Gold. I've been a fan a long time. So what does this have to do with kids ministry? It has a lot to do with it. The goal in football is to cross the goal line. In kIds ministry we want to do the same. We want to cross the goal line. I'm excited when my favorite team crosses the line. That means they've scored. In life there are many goal lines. I have personal goals, spiritual goals, financial goals. When I complete one of those goals. I celebrate. Here are a few things I think can be learned for Kids Leaders.
1. Teach with the goal line in mind. We need to keep moving our students toward the goal. My goals have adapted through the years. But when I teach I always think about what the goal is. What do I want to accomplish? What is my objective? These are never to have a cool object lesson, or a visually stunning stage. Instead it has to do with where I'm leading. What am I trying to communicate? What do I want my students to emulate?
2. Celebrate First Downs. Not every service is a touchdown. Celebrate when you move the ball down the field. Last week I had a class that for the first hour it was not going anywhere. I think we probably were going backwards. But the last 20 minutes we were going tsomewhere. I celebrated those last 20 minutes. I felt like we moved closer to the goal line.
3. Fix Fumbles. Like I said earlier last week we probably had more fumbles than not during the first part of my class. While I celebrated the last 20 minutes, I am constantly evaluating the fumbles and fixing them. I try and eliminate them all together, but when I do I need to recognize the fumble and see what I can do to fix it.