Most people think the smartest person showed up then they walk into a room. Think about it. Smart successful achievers get counsel, another person perspective.
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.
The next time you are in a class change your perspective. By changing your perspective you will look in a different way at your class and then you can see “a new” and you will learn. What does the lead teacher see, what does the helpers/ co-teachers perceive, what does the child see, what is the parent’s perspective?
If you’re the lead teacher think what it is like to come into your class as a helper/co- teacher. Does your helper/co-teacher have enough direction to flow with the lesson? Are they empowered through communication, support and accountability, or are they in attendance as a classroom “paramedic” to handle trouble while you teach. No one wants to just handle emergencies and clean up after others. There is a verse about not muzzling the ox that treads out the corn. There should be a benefit for all involved not just back breaking work, more about harvest later.
If you are a helper/co-teacher, think what it is like for the lead teacher to plan and manage the whole class. Is there anything you can do to take some of the load? Do you ask if there is anything you can do to help, orhow you could do a better job. Do you attempt to converse with the lead teacher how to do things quicker and easier or how to solve issues that arise?
We all should put ourselves in the shoes of the parents. What does it take to get the family to church and on time? How do they see your class? Are the kids out of control during the pre-service and at dismissal? If that is all they see is it a wonder they don’t value the class time enough to show up on time not to mention volunteering to help.
What about looking through Miss April’s eye’s as the Children's Ministry Coordinator?
Delegating is only part of the responsibility. Feed back from the team is essential. She has to know what is happening to report back to Pastor’s Mark and Janet, to make adjustments to improve, and to avoid potential trouble. She is great at problem solving but don’t just come with a problem bring some answers to the predicament as well.
Then there is God’s perspective. I left Him for last because that is want most of us do. We are all working in His harvest field. This is what Jesus says about harvest:
The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest. Matt 9:37-38
Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. John 4:35
The harvest field isn’t the problem. If you’re negatively criticizing the children, that is saying the harvest is rotten. You’re not looking at them from God’s perspective. He says they are ripe and ready for harvest. His perspective is always right. Let’s pray for labourers. Lets get other’s perspective and counsel so we can deal wisely with our class.