Hey Kids Branch Volunteers! Y'all were on my mind today, and thought I would share a note of encouragement.
Henry Ford pioneered manufacturing in the United States. Ford figured that productivity was the secret to success: make cars quickly and more efficiently, and you can sell them cheaper, capturing the market. It worked. Ford perfected the factory system of manufacturing, based on obedience, interchangeable parts, and interchangeable people. Many other industries have tried to copy and adopt this approach, trying to maximize their ability to achieve repeatable success.
We are not a factory. You are not an interchangeable part.
Not everyone can do what you do, whether it’s gently rocking a baby or singing with preschoolers or teaching elementary kids about the depths of God’s love for them -- you have a unique skill and calling, and your personal touch is what matters to these kids. This is why we place such a high value on “year- round” Team Members -- adults like yourself developing personal relationships with kids is the key to making life-altering change a reality in their lives.
We will work hard to have great environments, quality activities and resources, and effective curriculum, but none of those things are as important as you and the relationships you form with these kids. Kids need to hear adults they can trust saying the same things about God that their parents do. They need to see adults they can trust walking out a life committed to Christ. They need you, teaching them Jesus, and more importantly, showing them Jesus.
You are not a babysitter. You are a sculptor, at work on the next generation of disciples of Jesus. You are not here to blindly follow the lesson plan for the day, but to love these kids as only you can, and make walking daily with God come alive through the stories and truths of God’s Word. What may to others be ninety minutes each week with a class of crying toddlers or unruly fourth graders is actually a weekly investment in the work of God for generations to come.
It’s the most important job in the world, and you have it. And I’m so glad you do, because no one can do it just like you can. Be yourself. Make a difference. Show our kids Jesus.
I am so glad you are here!
Posted on Wed, September 26, 2012
by Tim Scott