The Poison Of Procrastination

As I’ve talked to hundreds of people involved in kids’ ministries across the country, I’ve observed that there’s an epidemic of procrastination.  We excuse it in all kinds of ways, but all our reasons lead to the same result.  Yes, you have to be quick, and you never know what a kid is going to say or what kind of crazy thing will happen next.  But many kids’ leaders believe their enthusiastic personalities and the spontaneity of their ministry give them a license to walk in unprepared.  They try to get by, doing the least they can do, and it shows.

I know what this is all about.  I used to fall prey to this procrastination trap for many years.  I wrote about it in my book, I Blew It! (the biggest mistakes I have made in Kids Ministry and how you can avoid them)”.  In the book, I tell about how the spontaneity bug bit me and caused me to lose credibility.

There’s no excuse for procrastination in preparing for children’s ministry.  God has given us an incredible privilege and responsibility to lead kids on their spiritual journey to becoming life-long followers of Jesus Christ. Someday, we’ll give an account for our motives and actions.  I don’t want to stand before God on that day and tell Him, “I would’ve been more intentional about my ministry to Your children, God, but I had more important things to do.”

Paul wrote to the Corinthians about the day that’s coming: “So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.  For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad” (2 Corinthians 5:9-10, cf. 1 Corinthians 3:10-15).

We serve kids because we love God with all our hearts and He has given us a love for children.  And we work hard to prepare and serve because someday we’ll give an account of our lives.  On that day, we want to see Him smile and say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.  Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25:23)

That’s what I want to hear.  How about you?

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3 thoughts on “The Poison Of Procrastination

  1. Thank you for saying this out loud. It saddens me that we do this.we have so many resources and the best the Bible to be prepared. We should know our topic at least a week in advance.my suggestion is always have a lesson ready to share I peter 3:15. What are we showing the kids and their parents. There is a difference between babysitting and teaching children about Jesus.
    I do have a question when your did this research did you hear if the teachers were accountable? Was leadership stepping in and hearing them teach unprepared? As we know sometimes children’s ministry is left alone. I again thank you, time does get the best of us sometimes however it should be a priority
    (And I have and read your book it right next to me)

  2. Totally agree. My husband and I have been in kid’s ministry since 1991. We learned in those early years how often we’d come up with a really great idea on Saturday night, with not enough time to pull it off, and how sad it was. Now that we train teachers, we always try to teach them to work at least a week ahead. You never know when something might spark an idea and you want to have time to fully develop the idea, the thought, the principal, or even just the teaching method.