This week at Church Music Today, we welcome a twenty-five year ministry veteran, Doug King as our guest blogger. Doug recently celebrated his 25th anniversary at Beaver Dam Baptist Church as their Youth Pastor. Doug was my Youth Pastor and I was recently privileged to serve with his at HBC’s student ministry camp in Logan Valley, MO. Church Music Today recently wrote about his ministry here. Doug, thank you for your time and talents shared with us!
“Everything I Needed to Know About Ministry, I Learned In Kindergarten”
Day-to-day ministry and working with church staff – could it be that Jesus words “Unless we become like a little child…” could take on a special meaning? The following is taken from “All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten” by Robery Fulghum.
All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sand pile at school.
These are the things I learned:
- Share everything.
- Play fair.
- Don’t hit people.
- Put things back where you found them.
- Clean up your own mess.
- Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
- Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.
- Wash your hands before you eat.
- Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
- Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
- Take a nap every afternoon.
- When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.
- Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: the roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
- Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup – they all die. So do we.
- And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned – the biggest word of all – LOOK.
Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation. Ecology and politics and equality and sane living.
Take any one of those items and extrapolate it into sophisticated adult terms and apply it to your family life or your work or government or your world and it holds true and clear and firm. Think what a better world it would be if we all – the whole world – had cookies and milk at about 3 o’clock in the afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap. Or if all governments had as a basic policy to always put things back where they found them and to clean up their own mess.
And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out in the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.
These are really great little tips… especially useful in being part of a church staff. They are so fundamental that it’s surprising how we forget these as we grow up.
Imagine what the church office would be like if the church staff had cookies and milk and laid down with our blankies for a nap every afternoon in the pastor’s office. Imagine if every church organization put back things where we found them and cleaned up our own messes. Imagine church staff relationships – if we shared everything, played fair, lived a balanced life… and could just hold hands and stick together.
So maybe all we need to know about doing ministry or relating to church staff or being a church, we could have learned from our kindergarten teachers… ehhhhhhh…? Well, maybe the basics.
By the way, when is nap time?
Doug King is the Minister of Youth & Activities at Beaver Dam Baptist Church in Beaver Dam, KY. He and his wife, Jennifer, have served at BDBC for over 25 years together. Doug’s expertise, personality, and love for students and Christ have shaped the lives of thousands of students from the early 1980’s until today. Doug has been the guest speaker/emcee to countless AWANA, Children’s Ministry, Upward, Sunday School, and other ministry banquets around the nation. Doug combines a slight-of-hand illusions to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
See Doug’s websites here and here.