Feb 7, 2011

Children's Ministry Momentum

The Big "Mo." Momentum. What is it? It's when something is moving forward with velocity. It's when something seems unstoppable. Obstacles are ran over like mere speed bumps. Success after success flows continuously. Things are definitely going your way.

You can see it in sports. Commentators will talk about how the "momentum has changed." When it becomes playoff time, the team that has it ends up with a bowl win...a Super Bowl ring...an NBA championship.

Churches can have momentum. Children's Ministries can have momentum. Staff teams can have momentum. When it happens, everyone senses it. The atmosphere changes and you know something really special is going on.

So what is the secret to gaining momentum? There seems to be a lot factors involved. Here are some things I have seen create momentum in ministries:
  • Unity (#1 key in my opinion)
  • Prayer and fasting (Remember the quote from Jesus, "This kind only comes from prayer and fasting.")
  • Visionary leadership
  • Right timing
  • Right place
  • Humility
  • A holy unrest about the current atmosphere
  • Confession of sin
  • A calling
  • A sense of destiny
 On the flip side, here are some things that can hinder momentum:
  • Disunity
  • Sin
  • Lack of faith (Remember "He could not do any mighty works because of their lack of faith.")
  • Contentment
  • Pride
  • Lack of vision
  • Prayerlessness
Behind momentum is also the big "I don't know" factor. Momentum means everyone knows God is up to something. Everyone knows what's happening is beyond their ability or skill set. It means God is at work in an extraordinary way. You are simply riding the wave that God has created. You're hanging on and trying not to get in the way.

When true God Momentum is happening, God is receiving praise, not man. You'll hear "I can't believe what God is doing" instead of "Wow, you are really talented."

I believe God wants our ministries to have momentum. Remember Matthew 16:18...

"I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it."

Gates were not made to attack, but to be attacked. May God create momentum in our ministries that will knock down the very gates of hell.

Posted by Dale Hudson

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