Three Desirable Ministry Features from a 2-Year-Old with an iPad
I recently had the opportunity to watch a friend’s little girl while her mom and dad had a date night. She’s a real cutie and I love those chances to spend time with her.
We had a full evening of puzzles, stories and make-believe. Then, after her bath, it was time to wind down for the night and part of her routine is to climb into bed and watch Mickey Mouse on her mom’s iPad.
I sat in amazement as this little two-year-old moved quickly from icon to icon finding the perfect cartoon. If she got tired of a particular story, she knew just how to stop it, click on the right button and choose another program.
Two years old. Entertaining herself on an iPad. Without any help from me.
That made me think. How “easy” are we to others who meet or visit our ministries?
In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus reminds his followers that real faith is through the eyes and heart of a child. It is simple belief and obedience.
So, with that instruction, let’s consider three ministry lessons from a 2-year-old with an iPad:
- Navigation is as simple as a touch
An iPad is driven by simple touches. Touch the picture you want and it expands. Touch the play button to begin watching a video and touch another button to pause it. Simple navigation. Can we say the same thing for our visitors? From the moment a visitor enters our parking lot, how easy is it to feel welcome and comfortable? Do they rely on signs or are they greeted personally? And once inside, how easy is it to find a restroom or childcare?
- The purpose is clear
This little girl knew what she wanted to do on the iPad. We didn’t use it to play with puzzles or blocks. Its purpose was to watch Mickey Mouse. What about our ministries? Do we make it clear to visitors [and members] what we are about? How “real” do we make the Gospel? Does the church feel welcoming, inclusive and genuinely friendly?
- There is more than meets the eye
The iPad we used had, what seemed to be, endless episodes of Mickey Mouse. Behind those icons, all types of adventures awaited this little girl. And you know what? She (and I) watched episode after episode. She couldn’t get enough. Hmmm . . . what about our ministry? Do visitors sense a real depth in their experience with us? How would they describe our church to others? Does it go beyond a friendly hello? Does someone really take an interest in making them feel welcome? Do they feel safe? Does the service feel “warm” or “cold”? And most importantly, do they want more? Will they come back?
If you take a step back and examine your ministry through the eyes of those who know nothing about it, is there any perceivable depth? Is it simple and clear?
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