Two questions that every ministry leader ponders are: "Have we made a difference?" and "How can we tell?" Admittedly, sometimes our answers rely on hope more than certainty. Other times, though, we can see clear results.
Clarity came to a church in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. Willow Park Church can point to 42 facts as evidence of a new day in their children's program—a day that made a world of difference. My friend, Larry Plett, shared their story with me, and the picture of what he said keeps floating through my mind.
After years of planning, the children's ministries that Larry directs introduced major changes to their program. They began using a new curriculum, developing new volunteer roles, and introducing many other changes. As part of this new day, their lesson plans included a salvation message—they clearly and creatively presented the gospel plan to kids one weekend and during the following mid-week kids' club. Because this was their first time putting forth ...1