What’s the Undisputed Heavyweight ministry in your Church? Glad you asked…
In the Church world, we like to say that all ministries are created equal, that all ministries are important in the Kingdom, and that Sunday morning service can’t happen without everyone doing their part. True. However, some ministries are more integral to the Church than others.
My purpose is not to bash on ministries. I’m writing this simply to inform others of what many Pastors already know.
Student ministry is, by far, the most important ministry in your Church. Student ministry, for the purpose of this post, consists of ministry to children from babies to High Schoolers. The importance of this ministry is a fact, and is based on two undisputed truths.
1. Families come as a unit
Families like to attend the same Church. Maybe it’s a South Florida thing, but when a teenager decides to attend a youth group from another Church, the parents will almost always follow. I don’t see this as an undermining of the parental authority. I believe that the parents are just happy that their child is deciding to attend a Church, and are willing to aid them in that endeavor. Likewise, when a 10 year old continually begs his parents to not check him into Children’s Ministry, because it sucks, it’s a matter of time before the entire family leaves. And for the babies, how long will a young family stay at a Church if Mom doesn’t have a place she can watch the service with her baby, or at least a place to check the baby into? Preferably a clean place with nice facilities and properly trained volunteers!
When families are not ministered to at your Church, they go to a Church that recognizes their importance. They come and go as a unit.
2. Sheer numbers
Have you ever thought about how large your Student Ministry is? It’s most of your Church. Think of all the babies and toddlers in your Nursery, all the kids in your Kid’s Ministry, all the tweens in your Middle School Ministry, and all the teenagers in your High School Ministry. Add them up, then add all of the volunteers in those ministries. We’re not done. Next, add all of their parents and family members who have a vested interest in those kids. You come to a pretty large number. Those are your stakeholders.
Here’s a formula to help you out!
Nursery (50) + Children’s Ministry (400) + Middle School Ministry (100) + High School Ministry (50) + Volunteers (200) + Parents (300)= That’s about 1,100 souls from a 2,000 member Church that are directly affected by what happens in your Student Ministry. By the way, these are real numbers from a real Church. These number are, however, rounded down!
Am I biased because I’m a proud Children’s Ministry Pastor? Maybe, but I think my two points speak for themselves.
What do you think?