"Truth is always relevant, but truth is not always perceived as relevant." (rethinkgroup.org)
Stumbled upon this quote today as I was doing research for work and was caught quite off guard by it. What a thought! That truth is truth is truth, but how it is perceived as relevant depends on how we present it.
I'm thinking a lot about how we teach kids truth. How parents, and the church, seek to impart in children the love of their Creator and a desire to serve Him with their lives. What does it all boil down to? Is it knowing the 10 Commandments and the Romans Road without looking? Is it rattling off the the names of all the disciples or being the fastest one to find 1 Timothy? Is it spending a year learning all of the stories in the Bible so that you have knowledge of it all?
Or is it knowing the truth of God's love for you? Is it learning what it means to make wise choices? Is it learning how God's Word can be meaningful in your life? Is it knowing how your relationship with Him is played out here on earth through our relationship with others? Is it falling in love, a love so pure and deep and true that you would do anything to please your lover?
Next week I begin asking these questions with a team of people from church that I've called together. Our goal is to set some goals. Where are we going in Children's Ministry? What are the 5 (or less) irredusable things we want kids to walk out of our ministry knowing? How do our programs fit with these goals?
Nothing is off the table for me, I'm wiping the slate clean. I want to do ministry with PURPOSE. Funny though, I'm nervous about what will happen. Sometimes I'm pretty radical around here. And I didn't stack the team in my favor--I deliberately sought out people that don't always think the same as me. I had to do that, if our plans will have any buy-in at all. I just have to really wear my leadership hat for this one.
I'm always growing, always learning. I love that about my job.