Looking back over my first Children's Pastor position that lasted over 15 years, I really do think that I did have some "Glory Days."
I've been thinking lately about those in ministry that live in their "glory days." Ever known anyone like that? I have! Someone who, at some point in ministry, had a measure of success but never seemed to be able to move past that point in time.
As anyone who has spent much time in ministry will tell you, there are seasons. There are seasons when it seems that things fall into place so easily, lives are being transformed, relationships cemented, and attendance booming. And then, there are seasons of famine and discouragement when it seems that all we do is spin our wheels. What do we do when we're in those seasons to ensure that we don't get "stuck"?
1. Push through: many times we begin to doubt our effectiveness as a leader. While it is true that sometimes a leader does lose his ability to influence because of something he or she has done but, most of the time, this is not the case. Many of my peers in ministry have thrown in the towel and opted for the "greener pastures" that someone else was able to offer. Put your nose to the grindstone and understand that this is a season. Just like the changing of our seasons, new life is the
result often times.
2. Educate yourself. I've heard it said before that "a call to ministry is a call to prepare." Many times we're good about preparing before we launch into something but fail to continue to educate ourselves. Great leaders are readers. Email the
profs. at a Christian University and find out what the ministry students are currently required to read.
3. Try something new. Plan to do VBS the same way until Jesus comes? Finding that Sunday School has become mundane? Switch it up. Opt to do something that rocks the boat of those in your ministry. Sometimes just shaking something up will breathe new life into a dull program.
4. Network. Get out of the office and network with someone else in ministry. The whole "iron sharpens iron" principle is so true. Sometimes the excitement and creativity of one person can rub off onto another. Swap ideas, resources, support, etc.
5. Get a tattoo. Haha. JK. There are other ways to remain relevant in ministry. Discover a new resource or blog. Find something that inspires and motivates you to stretch yourself in times of discouragement.
Looking back over my first Children's Pastor position that lasted over 15 years, I really do think that I did have some "Glory Days." I never wanted to believe it or live as though I had. It was important to me to continue to push through and to develop myself as a leader. In hindsight, I'm glad I never really realized it! I never want to be one of those who sits around
bemoaning the past and all that "was." I choose to experience "Glory Days" in ministry in each day that is to come.
How about you? In what ways do you think people experience "Glory Days" when it comes to ministry? What do you do to ensure that you aren't hung up on past successes?