And now, the exciting conclusion to the blog post series, “Six Questions To Ask Yourself Before Implementing A New Idea In Your Kids Ministry.” Here’s what we covered in pt. 1 and pt. 2 of the series:
1) “Have I Prayed About It?”
2) “What Does My Pastor Think About The Idea?”
3) “Does The Idea Resonate With The Hearts Of My Team?”
4) “Do I Have The Support Of The Parents In My Ministry?”
QUESTION #5 – “Do I need God’s power to accomplish this idea?”
This is perhaps the most important question to ask yourself as you evaluate whether the idea is a “God idea” or just another good idea. If you can accomplish the plan without God’s power and without God’s anointing, it’s probably not His idea.
God’s ideas always require God’s ability. If you can do it on your own, go back to the Lord and ask Him for direction. This doesn’t mean that every impossible, crazy idea is necessarily from God. That’s the wrong conclusion! We need to have a balance of wisdom and faith—it’s not one or the other; both are required for good leadership.
QUESTION #6 – “If this idea succeeds, who will get the glory?”
As I have planned many ideas in the past, I was thinking, Man, when this thing is a huge success, people are going to think I’m the smartest guy around. Other children’s pastors are going to ask me for my planning notebook so they can pull off their own event like this. This is going to rock!
My plan to take all the credit for success was a clear indication that it wasn’t a “God idea” at all. When people have trusted God for an idea, a plan, and success, they realize God is the source of every good thing, and he deserves the credit. Pursue God’s ideas, and be prepared to give Him the glory. After all, He’s the originator, not you. He’s the creator, not you. He is the author and finisher, not you. He deserves the glory, not you.
Share your thoughts in the comment section. I will pick a winner from the comments at the end of the week – winner gets a $25 web coupon to High Voltage Kids Ministry Resources.