#51 – Learn From Your Failures (Tips For Large Group Teaching)
Welcome to a continuing series of tips on working with large groups of children. I hope that you will find these tips useful and be able to implement them in your dealings with large groups of kids. If you do, please leave a comment and let us know. For a complete list of posts in this series, please see the index page. So, without further introduction, here is today’s installment.
I wrote an article last year called 8 Questions to Determine How Proud You Are. The fact of the matter is that there is no room for pride for in any ministry, especially in Children’s Ministry. Our job is to teach kids about our Creator and Savior. Our ego stands in the way of, and has no place in, that mission. When we make a mistake, we must be willing to admit it and learn from it. When that great idea you had to get the kids involved in your lesson strikes out, we have to admit the failure and either improve on the idea or pitch it.
Albert Einstein once said that insanity is:
“…doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
When we refuse to admit our failures in Children’s Ministry and continue on with ideas and methods that do not work, that is the definition of insanity. When you allow your pride to take over and refuse to admit when you’ve been wrong, your ministry becomes more about you then about God, and it is doomed to fail. In order to succeed we must admit our mistakes, learn from them and give them up to God.