A Children’s Workers Passage

Getting worn out in ministry? Discouraged? Here is a little known passage of Scripture to encourage you, or that you can reprint to encourage others. (found in my archives tonight)

Sometimes it is fun to paraphrase Scripture a little to shed fresh light on the message it contains, as I did once to encourage my leadership team by posting this passage:

There was a children’s worker all alone;
she had neither partner nor team member.
There was no end to her toil,
yet her eyes were not content with her ministry.

“For whom and I toiling?” she asked,
“and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?”
This too is meaningless – a miserable ministry!

Two are better than one,
more than two even better!
because they have a good return for their work:

If one falls down,
his team members can help him up.
But pity the children’s worker who calls
and has no one to help him up!

Also, if two or more work together,
they will keep encouraged!
But how can one keep encouraged alone?

Though one may be overwhelmed,
a team can help each other.
A cord of many strands
is not quickly broken!

Ecclesiastes 4:8-12

N.C.M.P. (New Children’s Ministry Paraphrase)

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  1. Thanks! This was the perfect beginning to our leadership meeting at our young satellite campus. We just doubled our leadership team from our last monthly meeting, and I wanted to begin to get them all to think as one team – not individuals or “new guys” and “old guys.” Perfect timing! We appreciate you, Karl! – Norm & Liz

  2. Love this! Thanks for sharing again.

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