I grew up loving Batman. I was a kid when Batman, the animated series played on Saturday Morning. I have some great memories watching that show with my brother and my dad.
Batman has several good traits, but he also has a bad one. I am going to talk about his one bad trait.
Batman is a loner. He cannot wait to work by himself. People tend to annoy him.
He would rather just do it himself then train someone else, or work as a team.
As a Children’s Minister, I tend to see this same trait in myself and other KidMin people.
I see two traps where we tend to fall. (I say we because I too have this problem that I am working on)
The first trap is that Kidmin people tend to be wary of asking people to help them.
Sometimes it is just so much easier to do it yourself, then to train someone else, or even trust someone else to do something.
It is in their best interest if they help you.
It can be easier to just go into the classroom and teach one more time, because you love it, and you are good at it, then it is to ask someone else to do it.
Stop saying no for people. Ask people to help you set up. Delegation is not a dirty word.
Do not be like Batman, don’t do it alone. Find a Robin, a sidekick who can help you.
Here are some ways you can not be like Batman:
- If you have a big event, write down everything that needs to be done and ask people to come help you set up.
- Be prepared. Ask someone to help you paint at 1 pm? Get there at noon and have the paint and everything set up.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. What is the worst thing that can happen? They will say no. Not a big deal
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The other trap that I see people getting stuck in is isolation.
Don’t just hide out in the KidMin. Go to service at the very least once a month. Join a small group of other adults.
I love Hebrews 10:25 in The Amplified Version:
“not forsaking our meeting together [as believers for worship and instruction], as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more [faithfully] as you see the day [of Christ’s return] approaching.”
Don’t avoid meeting together! Your growth and learning are important too!
Here are some ways you can prevent yourself from isolating yourself:
- Don’t have enough volunteers for a Sunday off? Ask your Pastor if your church can have a Family Sunday once a month where everyone goes into the adult service.
- Help out in another area of the church. This is a great way to meet new people.
- Ask the other KidMin Pastors in your town to meet for lunch and fellowship.
- Join a small group at your church.
- Sit in the adult service.
We cannot do this alone. Reach out to others for help. Stay connected to other adults.
Don’t be Batman, get out there and be around other adults.