Tom Petty, Rush, and Kids Ministry

tom_petty_and_the_heartbreakers_damn_the_torpedoesMoving+PicturesI love me some Netflix! As a matter of fact, I’m hooked on the Classic Albums Series which documents the recording process of some of the best albums. I recently watched the making of “Damn the Torpedoes” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Rush’s recording of the albums “2112” and “Moving Pictures”.

I love learning about band dynamics. How were songs written? Did someone from the band rise up as the leader or was it a complete democracy? How were tensions dealt with on tour and in the studio? My interest comes from a long history of being in bands myself . . . actually starting when I was 9 and lasting until I was a young adult. Few things are more difficult than being in a serious band . . . it’s tough! All the different ideas and personalities coming together can either make for a great band or a disastrous mess . . . much like the teams we build in Kids Ministry.

I always watch the documentaries of healthy bands with a careful ear to maybe learn what made them click so well, so I can then apply their strategies to the ministry I lead at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, TN.

At the very end of both documentaries Tom Petty and Geddy Lee make profound statements that really causes a leader to think . . .

“One of the things I really love about being in Rush . . . that we’re not afraid to do anything on a record, and even if it’s sometimes a terrible mistake . . . there’s still the willingness to experiment. And I think that’s why the three of us have stayed together, because we feel in the confines of Rush we can try almost anything.” Geddy Lee from Rush

Stop and read that again! Geddy says two very important statements here, “ . . . there’s still the willingness to experiment . . . ” and “ . . . in the confines of Rush we can try almost anything.

1. As a leader of Kids Ministry, are you going out of your way to create a culture that expresses a willingness to experiment? When’s the last time you tried something new? If your answer is anything over a year than you are not creating this culture. Are you surrounding yourself with key leadership that loves to experiment? If not, change that right away and get the right people on board.

2. In the confines of your Kids Ministry, do you and your team feel like you can try almost anything? These types of environments backed with the guidance and glory of Jesus Christ can lead to something out of this world.

“It was within our grasp and we knew it . . . we just had to do it.” Tom Petty

Tom Petty is talking about what it felt like right before he and his band started recording the album “Damn the Torpedoes”. They had a dream, a concept, so real to them that even before recording had started it was as if the album was already in their hands.

1. Do you have a vision of where you want your Kids Min to be in 2 years, 5 years, 10 years? Here’s our Vision: To facilitate the most dynamic kids ministry through a true church/home partnership that engages families and volunteers, nurturing everyone toward a growing relationship with Jesus.

2. Is that vision clear to the rest of your team? Randomly select a few volunteers this Sundays and pull them to the side . . . ask them what the vision is in your Kids Min. If you get a lot of confused looks then you know that creating a strategy that will allow you to cast vision is a priority.

3. Is the passion amongst your staff and volunteers so intense that collectively you all look at the vision and pursue it with such passion that you all know, with God’s blessing, that the vision Jesus has placed on your heart is within your grasp . . . you just have to keep doing it!

So there you go. Biggest walk-a-away for Kids Min peeps is to know that being in Kids Ministry is as cool as being in a famous rock band! Haha!

About Adam Bayne

I'm the Children's Pastor at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, TN, a heavyweight Disney nerd, a lightweight sports fan, and an all-out fan of my wife and two daughters.
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2 Responses to Tom Petty, Rush, and Kids Ministry

  1. How cool – just read a devotion that goes along perfectly with this…

    Making mistakes is not the end of the world. We can recover from most mistakes. But one of the few mistakes we cannot recover from is the mistake of never being willing to make one in the first place! God works through our faith, not our fear. Don’t sit on the sidelines of life wishing you were doing the things you see other people doing. Take action and make the most of your life.


  2. mbayne76 says:

    Great post!

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