What Every Guest Family Expects from a Children’s Ministry

Easter brings out incredible creativity in the life of the church as we celebrate the resurrected King and invite our communities to participate in the celebration. Easter egg hunts. Easter egg coloring. Candy. Contests. Balloons. Dramas. Choirs. Productions. Decorations. Signs. Special guests. Photo backdrops. Flowers. Costume characters. Chocolate. Cadbury eggs.

Not really Cadbury eggs. Those just make me happy.

Regardless of the method used to draw visitors to the church, what did every guest family expect from their experience with your church?

In one word: safety.

Parents dropping their children off for the first time are making a bold statement of trust, both internally, to their child, and to the church: “My child will be safe in your hands.”

When a family goes through the process to check a child into a children’s ministry program, they are exhibiting extraordinary trust. Their first belief, the foundation upon which they are able to drop off the child in the first place, is their child will be safe. They will not be put in harm’s way. You will take care of them. This is the basic belief the child adopts when they engage in the ministry for the first time. As a kid who grew up in church and a dad whose children have grown up in the church, this trust has always been part of my life so I often take it for granted when it comes to the families I am trying to reach.

Before they trust the church to influence their child’s spiritual journey, new families take the first steps into faith community by entrusting the church with the safety of their child. So when we improve safety in the life of the church, we improve our ability to reach families by establishing trust. When we examine and solidify the safety and security of our ministries, we deepen relationship with those we serve.

This is a critical conversation for kidmin so INCM has invited some of the foremost leaders in child safety and security to provide insight on the leading concerns around child safety issues confronting churches today. You will not want to miss this conversation on Wednesday, April 6 at 12 p.m. CDT with Alex Smith, CEO of KidCheck, and Angela Lewton, KidCheck’s child safety expert and Facilitator for Darkness to Light.

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