Perhaps you’ve seen the old, famous comedy routine, “Who’s on First?” The sketch hilariously depicts the frustrations that can happen when communication is ineffective. It’s a great reminder about the importance of clear communication, which is something we value at Maranatha. In our children’s ministry, perhaps you’ve found yourself uncertain who to go to with ideas or questions, and wondered “Who’s on first?”
Clear communication helps open up a greater flow of ideas and creates more opportunities for collaboration. We are striving to put people in ministries that allow them to use their spiritual giftedness. When all these elements come together under the headship of Christ, the body grows. This is what Ephesians 4:15-16 is all about:
“...we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.”
So what does this look like at Maranatha? Here are a few areas where we’d like to help introduce key servant-leaders and how they are helping the body be built up through their close partnership with Pastor Ben:
Nursery: Andy and Angela M. are now working with Pastor Ben to oversee all of our nursery ministries for children from birth - 3 years old. This includes Sunday school, church time, family gatherings, and Wednesday nights. Andy and Angela are eager to observe our nursery in each of these contexts, hear from front-line workers, help Pastor Ben as we create continuity, and explore ways to further equip our many volunteers. Melanie E. is also an integral part of the nursery ministry as she handles all the volunteer scheduling.
Elementary: Our elementary ministry is geared for children 4 years old to 6th grade. Each area of our elementary ministry has different servant-leaders who are partnering with Pastor Ben to multiply ministry effectiveness. Bill Krull has faithfully served in the capacity of elementary Sunday school superintendent for many years and will continue in this role. He works closely with the teachers to supply the curriculum, staffing and scheduling, as well as providing other needed resources. Brenda B. serves as the facilitator for Wednesday night kids through teaching Bible lessons, leading music, and staffing volunteers. Brenda has also recently agreed to help work with wee worship and children’s church ministry. We are exploring ways to bring continuity and give the many faithful teachers the resources they need to grow the ministry.
We recognize that parents are the primary disciple-makers of their children, and all of our family ministries are designed to partner with parents in disciple-making. Whether working with infants or college students, each and every member of the team is crucial in helping us accomplish the task of making disciples, who can make other disciples (2 Tim. 2:2) and help carry the Gospel to all the nations (Matt. 28:18-20).