5 Personal Questions to Grow You and Your Kids Ministry
Questions are powerful.
To begin with, they create a continual posture of learning, which is vital to growth.
Also, the more questions you ask are directly proportional to the more ideas you discover.
And the more ideas you discover, when filtered and adapted contextually, are directly proportional to growth, both in church and personally.
As a disclaimer, I didn’t come up with these questions on my own but heard them from people much wiser and more experienced than me.
Even though these questions are personal, healthy growth in a church or organization begins with healthy growth in you first.
1. What is my personal mission?
What are you specifically called by God to do?
Just like churches’ missions statements are helpful, personal ones are equally helpful.
What is your missions statement?
To give an example, my mission statement is: I want to influence families to disciple their kids to a sticky faith.
If you don’t have one, spend some time praying and creating one; then live by it!
2. What is 1 thing I can do this week to make myself better?
Is it reading a book on personal leadership, adding some personal time to your schedule to do something you enjoy, listening to a podcast on an area you want to improve, talking with a mentor or friend?
Whatever it is, begin forming a habit of bettering yourself every week in small ways.
Churches can only grow to your level of leadership, so as long as you’re continually growing, your ministry will be able to continually grow.
3. What am I great at?
The biggest enemy of great is good.
You may be good at a lot of things, but so are a lot of other people.
When you discover what you are great at, it frees you to do the things that only you can do.
Take a few minutes and look at the things you do.
What do you enjoy most? What types of things do you do that are normally the most successful?
That’s where your greatness lies.
4. What am I not great at?
Knowing your weaknesses helps you play to your strengths.
It also helps you nurture a team mentality because you’ll always be looking for people to partner with who’s strengths are you weaknesses.
For example, I know that I am weak at organizing anything that has to do with fine arts or kids doing something performance related in church.
Therefore, when the senior leader asks me to do something with the kids, I’ve found people who are good at fine arts and organizing kids and pass it off to them.
As an added bonus, this allows me to turn something I would do poorly into something that someone else does excellently.
And when things are done excellently, that’s when you’re most ready for growth.
5. If everything you’ve ever done was erased, who would miss it?
This has to do with your legacy.
Something that has challenged me in this is a quote from a book called The Purple Cow, “If you’re not remarkable, you’re invisible.”
This goes back to what are you great at and highlights the importance of finding greatness rather than settling with good.
When you pursue your own greatness, you leave a trail of relationships, people, parents, kids, whole families, coworkers, friends, and ideas that would leave a huge void if erased.
For me in Family Ministry, another way I like to frame it is like this: When a family leaves our church, what is going to be impossible to find in another church?
This isn’t about pride or competing with other churches; it’s about adding what only you can uniquely add to every family that steps through the doors of your church.
I hope these questions help you; I know they’ve helped me.
If there are any great questions you ask often, I’d love for you to leave them in the comments below or on Facebook!
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