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Innovative and New in Children’s Ministry!

A little while back, Sam Luce posted about innovation in children’s ministry. He asked the question, “Why isn’t there more innovation in Children’s Ministry?” I then saw an article via Alltop on 50 ways to foster innovation in an organization.

We want to be original. We want to be new, fresh, and all that jazz. Yet, when you take a look at the world of children’s ministry and much of the church for that matter, you get the feeling you do when you watch that YouTube video at the top of this post.

Do we really need another curriculum, another book, another conference, another whatever? Now, I’m not saying any of those things are bad or that we don’t need them. What I am saying, though is that we need to stop calling things new or innovative that really aren’t. I am also not saying that we shouldn’t try discovering some new and innovative way of helping children to encounter God in life transforming ways. We need new glasses to see things. We need to reevaluate what it is we’re trying to do. Then we need to wade our way through to a truly new and innovative way to children’s ministry.

(HT: Brian’s Blog for the link to the above YouTube vid)


5 Responses to “Innovative and New in Children’s Ministry!”

  1. amy dolan December 21, 2009 at 3:13 pm #

    Amen!

    • Henry Zonio December 21, 2009 at 3:41 pm #

      what are some "uncharted" areas that you see, amy?

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