I have been a volunteer in the Children’s Ministry at my church for 9 years. Yes, I have a calling and a passion for the discipleship of kids and families, but knowing the benefits of volunteering is what keeps me coming back. I’m not talking about the gift cards or the journal or bookmark that I get at the Kick Off Training. I am talking about some key points that every person in your congregation should know about how volunteering in your ministry will change their life. Your volunteers might think they need to have all the answers or know the bible inside and out.
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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.
Let’s face it. There are times in ministry when managing volunteers feels like your full-time job. Recruiting, training, retaining — it is NOT easy, but it has to be done. Out of desperation, ministry leaders can fall into the trap of “filing the slot.”
We’ve just busted open registration for Breakouts at CPC23! When you attend CPC23, there are so many things to look forward to. From the General Session Speakers to the Resource Center. From networking with new friends to learning from a veteran leader in a one-on-one coaching session. The excitement for what is to come is
We all need volunteers to run ministries. No matter the size of your church or staff, you rely on volunteers to do the work. And it’s not because you aren’t capable. In so many instances, you can do a lot of the ministry amazingly on your own. But there isn’t enough time. And I have
Your volunteers are busy. Many of them are working full or part-time, taking care of their children. Attending PTA meetings, mom’s groups, or classes. Carting kids to soccer, football, or dance. Or are just trying to manage their household. Whether moms or dads, empty nesters, or college-aged kids, volunteers have a lot on their plate. AND they want to serve in your ministry. YAY! Before you jump to managing your volunteers’ lives, consider first how you can help them to lead this coming Sunday morning. Really simply, what does it take to prepare your volunteers for Sunday morning children’s ministry?