As someone who has worked with many children’s ministries over the years, I felt like I had a good handle on what great children's ministries looked like. However, I will admit that prior to personally fathering children, this self-assessment was a bit overstated.
I can now say with 100% certainty that my expectations changed the day that I put my first child into the children's ministry at our church. After many years of actual experience working with children’s ministries and involving my own kids, I’ve noticed that some church practices have stood out among the rest. Here are some of the biggest takeaways I’ve seen implemented in great children’s ministries.
Student pastors have one of the highest turnover rates in churches. Some people consider the role to be an “entry level” point for individuals who are called to full-time ministry, so many candidates are not committed to a long-term position in student ministry. More often though, turnover stems from simply having the wrong person in the role.
Student ministry is one of the most important - and one of the most unique - ministries of any church. Keeping the focus and attention of a slew of 12-18 year olds while also teaching them about the Gospel and building relationships is quite the task. How do you do all of these things while also reaching more and more students for Jesus?
What is the secret sauce to a flourishing Kids’ Ministry? It is the question all Children's Ministry leaders ask. In our quest to find the answer, we attend Children’s Ministry Conferences, read #KidMin blogs and books, and listen to podcasts. It is a ministry that has to balance safety, fun, and Biblical truths all in an engaging and age-appropriate environment. There are so many questions to be answered. Should we provide a specific ministry for differently-abled children? How often should we ask people to volunteer? What is the best curriculum? What should our volunteer-to-child ratio be? How should we separate age groups? Snacks or no snacks?
Success in the world of Children’s Ministry rises and falls on your ability to recruit, train, and keep great volunteers engaged in your program. Every ministry needs volunteers, but there may not be a more crucial need than when dealing with children birth thru 5th grade.
The Vanderbloemen Leadership Podcast brings you interviews from leaders across the theological spectrum of the global Church. Our goal is to bring you thought-provoking interviews that encourage you, challenge you, and help you build, run, and keep great teams.
In today's episode of the Vanderbloemen Leadership Podcast, William talks with Matt McKee, entrepreneur, author, and former pastor.
Thanksgiving or Christmas time shouldn’t be the only time you celebrate your KidMin volunteers. Being a volunteer for Children’s Ministry isn’t easy, and unfortunately, it’s common to have a high volunteer turnover rate. Keep your volunteers by showing them how thankful you are for them and how valuable their service is to you and your church.