God used Pastor Willie to pioneer the ministry of the “children’s pastor.” I’m sure Willie George wasn’t the first guy to think of the concept, however there is no doubt that God used him to bring the calling of the “children’s pastor” to the forefront in the body of Christ.
Willie George is also responsible for pioneering Christian television for kids. In 1981 he launched The Gospel Bill Show, along with his sidekick Nicodemus.
I’m not sure at what point I felt called to be a children’s pastor. I just knew that I needed to learn everything I could from this man – Willie George.
One day after class I approached Pastor Willie and said, “I’d like to get involved with your kid’s ministry.”
“Come watch me in children’s church for four weeks” Willie said. “Then I will assign you to a class.”
After the four weeks Pastor Willie said to me, “Mark, I want you to help in the Preschool class at the 11:00am service.”
I started serving in the preschool class, but I missed watching Pastor Willie. After serving for several weeks at 11:00am, instead of going to the sanctuary for the 9:00am service, I went to children’s church to watch Pastor Willie.
I remember once during a training session, Pastor Willie looked at me and said,
“You are a wise man, Mark Harper.”
I never really thought about it like that. I was just following my heart. I wanted to learn everything I could from this man, however I’ve come to see the wisdom in what I did.
Do you have a mentor? A mentor is someone you are watching closely.
Find somebody that is doing it really well and watch him or her.
Proverbs 20:5 says it like this, “Counsel in the heart of a man is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.”
I am so grateful to Pastor Willie for everything that he put into me. I will always be indebted to him, but how do I pay him back?
I pay him back by taking the time to mentor others.
Question #2: Who are you mentoring?
If you are not mentoring someone you should be. Find a young leader who is hungry and pass on to him or her what was given to you.
“Freely you have received and freely give.”
It is one way to keep the fire burning.