Children’s Ministry People You Should Know – Tony Kummer
Welcome to a new semi-regular series here on Dad in the Middle. One of the great joys I have gotten from my involvement in children’s ministry is the chance to meet and interact with a number of exceptional people who are also engaged in children’s ministry in some for or another. Some of these people, you will recognize, others you may not. What I am comfortable telling you is that you should get to know these people better. It will only serve to edify you and help you to minister to children even better.
MY FIVE FAVORITE “RECENT” ARTICLES FROM TONY
- How will you make today matter?
- How to Raise a Fake Christian
- 5 Tips for Teaching Kids Using the Real Bible
- 3 Questions to Help Children Think about Vocation & Calling
- What Volunteers Really Learn When You Don’t Train Them
MY PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS
Tony was one of the very first people I interacted with online. At the time, all I knew was that he ran this great site offering free children’s ministry resources. Over the last few years, Tony and I have become friends and had the chance to meet in person a couple of times. What I have come to find out is that Tony is one of the best at what he does, but also has a very humble and giving heart. Tony’s unwavering commitment to his ministry, depth of thought and affection for his family make him a compelling human being and someone you should get to know.
IN HIS OWN WORDS
I asked Tony to answer the following question in “just a few sentences”:
What do you believe is the most important thing a children’s minister should do in their ministry?
Here’s how Tony answered that intentionally open ended question:
My first thought is to really love people and serve out of that motive. That means making little choices to put relationships ahead of to-do lists. It’s also the drive that keeps me serving and praying for these same people year-after-year. I can’t say I do this well, but I’m trying…