**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!
U… undies, uniform, uncle, Umbratious…
U is for Unexpected – Give them half a chance and I bet the kids in your ministry would surprise you. I have lost count of the times that I have heard something about a child, or see them do something that is surprising… unexpected.
Sometimes negative like one of our regular boys who returned to me (Mum right behind him) a number of air hockey pucks he had stolen over a number of weeks.
But usually positive.
- The 6 year old girl who exhibits her art
- The 9 year old violinist getting a major scholarship
- A 7 year old in the lead role in a major touring show
Some of the biggest surprises are when I see the resilience of children going through major life situations.
So don’t be surprised when you get surprised by a child. In fact, the more surprises you get, I believe the better you are in connecting with kids and families.