A good leader knows a lot. A great leader grows what they know through a lifetime of learning. As a children’s ministry leader, you know a lot. You know how to captivate a room full of children. You know how to manage behavior and social issues. You know how to take a shoestring budget and run a VBS that knocks the socks off your community.
We can all agree that volunteer recruitment is an essential part of our roles as kidmin leaders. Let’s face it: we could not do what we do in ministry without a healthy and expanding volunteer team. But how do we grow our volunteer base to manage large events like VBS, fall festivals, Easter, and Christmas when we often struggle to secure enough volunteers to staff our ongoing weekly programs?
When volunteers serve in children’s ministry they grow in a variety of ways. Sometimes their lives can be transformed by serving kids. A while back I had a college student show up at my classroom door after church one week. She asked if we could talk and let me know she was interested in helping with the kids.
Churches need babies and grandparents. But what are the barriers to them being in the same room together? There are many seasoned saints that would love to rock a new baby member of your church but just cannot imagine doing it. With the up and down of playtime, or the worry of tripping on scattered toys, engaging seniors in serving kids can feel challenging. However, there are ways to integrate seniors into your ministry, it just takes asking some questions and making a few adjustments.
As ministry leaders, this is our heart. We want to equip and empower our volunteers to be the most amazing, dynamic, and effective leaders that they can be. But we would be remiss if we focused strictly on their ministry impact and neglected their spiritual care, growth, and development. We have the amazing opportunity to shepherd and care for our volunteers in a way that draws them closer to Christ.
When it comes to training children’s ministry volunteers, what essential skills does anyone teach? We know it’s vital to train volunteers so that they can effectively communicate God’s word and work with kids in grace-filled and healthy ways. But anyone who has started in kids ministry knows, there’s probably a sweet spot on what is necessary, and what can be learned along the way.
When you hear the word feedback, what do you think? In the ministry setting, knowing the needs, wants, and expectations of parents can set your ministry up for success, both in event planning and in the spiritual growth of your kids. There are several ways to get feedback to improve your children’s ministry. Here are 5.
This post was written by Crystal Mazzuca, an INCM Blog Team member. I met Julie when I first started attending my church. She was walking in front of me with a MOPS magazine, and, being the extrovert that I am, I immediately introduced myself to her and boldly asked if I could join her at …
Like many children’s ministers, I joined the ranks by being an over-eager volunteer turned employee. When I was in the basement volunteering, only 1% of our volunteers were men. I didn’t have a male Sunday School teacher until I was 16 years old. It seems an unspoken rule that children’s ministry leaders are female.