**Originally in 2010 I completed an epic quest to write an A-Z of Children’s ministry, Now because of the epic fail detailed on an earlier blog post I am reposting an updated 2018 version!
N… Naughty, nice, nothing, nautilus, numbers…
N is for New – Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth (Ps 96:1). It has been said the the only constant thing in life is change, and the reality of the time we live in is that change is speeding up.
The thing that drives a lot of this rapid change comes down to the bottom line… money. It’s capitalism all the way down.
Fashion is a great way to gauge how fast society has changed. It wasn’t really until the 1900’s that fashion trends began to emerge more rapidly, so now we see trends that might have lasted for years have a cycle of a single season.
I often (well once, when shopping with my wife) wonder if a few hundred years ago a dressmaker could make the same style of dress her whole life and still be trendsetting?
We don’t have the same pressures on us in Church life, so what is driving us to change and innovate the most important institution on earth?
For me the answer is leadership.
Leaders with vision and foresight. Leaders who see the call of God as too important to ever settle and coast alone. Leaders who hate the status quo and dream of ways to move beyond it. Just like stand-up comedians who consider a show wasted unless they at least try out a few new jokes in their set, ensure you are trying new things every event and ministry opportunity.