While writing my book, “The Essentials: How To Develop Your Children’s Ministry” an Amazon #1 New Hot Release in Children and Teen Christian Education http://t.co/D5jQ6uwG8H , I knew I had to include this following quote from Roger Fields. It defines what Children’s Ministers and Leaders do on a daily basis.
I Am a Minister
by Roger Fields
I minister to the largest mission field in the world. I minister to children. My calling is sure. My challenge is big. My vision is clear. My desire is strong. My faith is tough. My mission is urgent. My purpose is unmistakable. My direction is forward. My heart is genuine. My strength is supernatural. My reward is promised and my God is real. In a world of cynicism I offer hope. In a world of confusion, I offer Truth. In a world of immorality, I offer values. In a world of neglect, I offer affirmation. In a world of division, I offer reconciliation. In a world of bitterness, I offer forgiveness. In a world of sin, I offer salvation. In a world of hate, I offer God’s love. I refuse to be dismayed, disengaged, disgruntled, discouraged, or distracted. Neither will I look back, stand back, fall back, go back, or sit back. I do not need applause, flattery, adulation, prestige, stature, or veneration. I do not have the time for business as usual, mediocre standards, small thinking, outdated methods, normal expectations, average results, ordinary ideas, petty disputes, or low vision. I will not give up, give in, bail out, lie down, turn over, quit, or surrender. I will pray when things look bad. Iwill pray when things look good. I will move forward when others stand still. I will trust God when obstacles arise. I will work when the task is overwhelming. I will get up when I fall down. MY CALLING IS TO REACH BOYS AND GIRLS FOR GOD. It is too serious to be taken lightly, too urgent to be postponed, too vital to be ignored, too relevant to be overlooked, too significant to be trivialized, too eternal to be fleeting, and too passionate to be quenched. I know my mission, I know my challenge. I also know my limitations, my weaknesses, my fears, and my problems, and I know MY GOD. Let others get the praise. Let the church get the blessing. Let God get the glory. I am a minister. I minister to children. This is who I am.This is what I do!