I’m writing a few posts this week for Orange Blogger’s Week. I’m covering a few principles that have greatly impacted my ministry philosophy.You can catch up with the bloggers and their content on the Orange Leaders page.
Orange Philosophy #1 – 3000 hours a parent has with a child vs. 40 hours a church has with a child
This one has made the most impact on the way I do ministry. It’s really just a simplified, relevant way to talk about Deut 6. But leading with the philosophy of parents as primary makes everything you do in Student Ministry and Children’s Ministry different.
I remember when I got involved in Children’s Ministry that it seems like I had more impact on a child’s life than their parent. ***I was 21 years old at the time, just saying***
This principle changed the game.
The simple idea is that a church has 1 hour a week with a child. When you factor in holidays, vacation and sickness, on average it’s about 40 hours a year. One work week.
But a parent has on average 3000 hours with a child. 75 times more time. Crazy!!
This really put my strategy into perspective.
If I want to be more effective, I must put my eggs in the basket with the greatest opportunity for impact, namely the parents.
So I want to empower and equip parents to invest in their children’s faith. I also want to invest in children that don’t have the parent influence at home.
It gives me direction for strategic objectives, it makes every conversation with parents important, it makes me appreciate great parenting.
So how are you using this strategy for ministry, in your planning and execution? How does knowing parents have 75 times more time with children than you make you decision making different as a ministry leader? How can you maximize impact with the parents of the children in your ministry?
This principle has shaped me and continues to direct what I do in ministry.