Do people come up to you and they ask, "How did you get started in children's ministry?" "That is such a great and important ministry, how in the world did you ever get started?" Very rarely does any one ask me those kinds of questions. Now if you were a great singer, they would come up and ask you those questions. Or maybe if you were a television evangelist, you would have people calling you on the telephone, coming to you in person, saying, "How did you get started?” I am sure there are so well known children’s ministers that do get asked how they became so successful. When people see great accomplishments, they think “I want to be like that and I want others to see me successful too. We all want to be noticed. In the children's ministry we're usually not seen. The children come in, you have class and they leave. They're gone and maybe a parent gives you a thank you. All the hard work you just put into the children is gone as they leave your class. Where did all the hard work go? What was the impact? You don’t know and you may never know. This is just the way it is in the children’s ministry. It truly is a faith ministry.
We need to be careful about receiving praise. I can recall a minister that when praised by people would only respond by “Glory to God, praise God”. He wouldn’t even say thank you. He wanted to be sure to not take God’s glory. We can receive praise but it is like receiving an offering we need to be mindful of whose money/praise it truly is.
Be assured there is a heavenly reward that is gained. Getting attention from the King of Kings is so much more than that of others. What really blesses me is when the children acknowledge me outside of the class room. Sometimes adults we say hello and greet people out of courtesy, children seldom do that. When children say Hi to you there is a genuine concern/value for you and what you mean to them. A student acknowledging me out of their choice is the best praise I can think of. I think Jesus feels the same way about us as his children.