As a teenager and young adult, I participated in Community Theater. I was fortunate to have some plum roles – Hodel in “Fiddler on the Roof;” Tuptim in “The King and I:” and even got to play Cinderella! It was fun being on stage with bright lights and special effects happening all around me, but what was happening behind the scenes was just as important as what happened on stage. If the lights didn’t come on, or the microphones didn’t work, or the special effects misfired, it wouldn’t matter how well I knew my lines or blocking. It would be a disaster.
I was talking to one of our campus pastors today during staff lunch. He made a comment that resonated with me. He said, “What goes on behind the scenes in children’s ministry is so important to the overall culture of our church.” I agree with him and I feel the responsibility and the honor of my children’s team being a part of making the “behind the scenes” happen every week.
Everyone in our church gets a chance to experience worship and to hear a great message from our pastor. However, not everyone knows what goes on “behind the scenes” in the area known as “children’s ministry.” They don’t know that how seriously we take our responsibilities and how well we execute the plans of the morning often has a direct impact on how well the “main stage” goes.
Parents who see clean, safe, comfortable children’s areas are more likely to feel at ease when dropping off their little ones. Parents who are greeted by the same smiling faces in their kids’ rooms are less likely to feel anxious about what their kids will experience “behind the scenes.”
We know that trust breeds comfort, and when our parents are comfortable, they will be able to hear what God has for them that day. Let’s commit to making our “behind the scenes” just as important and as well done as the main stage.
Now – go BREAK A LEG!