5 Keys to Managing Unhappy Volunteers

5 Keys to Managing Unhappy Volunteers

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If you’ve been leading volunteers in Children’s Ministry for more than a little while then you’ve been there – face to face with an unhappy volunteer. It’s part of leading and managing in ministry, and it’s inevitable.

In some case, the volunteer has every reason to be upset. Other times, you walk away shaking your head and the petty things people complain about. Either way, you have to deal with this volunteer. You do so (hopefully!) because of the love you have for them, but also because whether their complaint is valid or not, it can become a virus infecting other volunteers, parents and even the kids of your ministry.

So how do you manage unhappy volunteers? Here are a few ideas: Continue Reading

Critical Children’s Ministry Leadership Lesson #5

Critical Children’s Ministry Leadership Lesson #5

This is the 5th & last post in a series of posts about critical leadership lessons I’ve learned as a Children’s Pastor. These lessons are in no particular order, but you can see the previous four here: Lesson #1: The Most Important Person In Your Ministry Is . . . YOU! Lesson #2: Being A Children’s Pastor… Continue Reading

Critical Children’s Ministry Leadership Lesson #4

Critical Children’s Ministry Leadership Lesson #4

This is the 4th post in a series of posts about critical leadership lessons I’ve learned as a Children’s Pastor. These lessons are in no particular order, but you can see the previous three here: Lesson #1: The Most Important Person In Your Ministry Is . . . YOU! Lesson #2: Being A Children’s Pastor Is Not… Continue Reading

Critical Children’s Ministry Leadership Lesson #3

Critical Children’s Ministry Leadership Lesson #3

This is the 3rd post in a series of posts about critical leadership lessons I’ve learned as a Children’s Pastor. These lessons are in no particular order, but you can see the previous two here: Lesson #1: The Most Important Person In Your Ministry Is . . . YOU! Lesson #2: Being A Children’s Pastor Is Not… Continue Reading

Should Churches Have Children’s Ministry Or Family Ministry?

Should Churches Have Children’s Ministry Or Family Ministry?

Children’s Ministry Or Family Ministry? If you’ve been involved in ministry to children and families for any length of time, and have been engaged in any way outside the walls of your church, then you know that there are big conversations happening right now about Family Ministry. I’ve been asked repeatedly by churches I’ve worked with:… Continue Reading

19 Ways To Improve Your Ministry Recruiting

19 Ways To Improve Your Ministry Recruiting

Recruiting, or the process of finding new volunteers for our ministry, is essential, even though I would prefer that we all take a different approach (here are 5 Reasons Why You Need to Stop Recruiting in Children’s Ministry).  Too often, however, recruiting becomes begging. And that is just unacceptable and inexcusable. There is a right way… Continue Reading

How To Have A Great Children’s Ministry Team

How To Have A Great Children’s Ministry Team

We all need a great team in order to have an effective children’s or family ministry. It might be your staff if you serve in a larger church. It might be a team of volunteers. Or it might be somewhere in between. Whatever your team looks like, there are certain things all of us can… Continue Reading

7 Messages That Matter In Children’s Ministry

7 Messages That Matter In Children’s Ministry

As leaders in children’s ministry, we all work with a wide variety of groups. The overall message we must communicate is our vision for guiding kids toward a heart for Christ. But each group needs to hear certain messages, too. For example, there are certain things our volunteers need to know, certain things our kids… Continue Reading

6 Teaching Tips for Children’s Ministry

6 Teaching Tips for Children’s Ministry

Many people have the gift of teaching and are almost naturally wonderful at connecting with kids. Others find themselves in a teaching position (volunteer, usually) and, perhaps, don’t have that gift. Or, they simply have never exercised it. Regardless, there are several general principles that every volunteer teacher can and should incorporate into their ministry with… Continue Reading

5 Elements For Children’s Ministry: Telling The Good News

5 Elements For Children’s Ministry: Telling The Good News

Our definition for Kidmin is: partnering with parents to guide kids toward a HEART for God. We do that by equipping them to disciple their own children, but we also must address what happens within the church ministry.  For that, there are 5 essentials, the first 4 of which we’ve defined as: H eartfelt Relationships E ngaging Teaching A uthentic Worship R eal Service The… Continue Reading

5 Elements For Children’s Ministry: Real Service

5 Elements For Children’s Ministry: Real Service

  In Children’s Ministry, we are to partner with parents to guide kids toward a HEART for God. There are 5 elements that support that definition, including:  Heartfelt Relationships Engaging Teaching Authentic Worship.  The fourth element we need in our Children’s Ministries is: Real Service. Continue Reading

5 Elements For Children’s Ministry: Authentic Worship

5 Elements For Children’s Ministry: Authentic Worship

Our definition of Kidmin is:  partnering with parents to guide kids toward a HEART for God. For the churches part, there are 5 elements that must be present in what we do with kids. The first element is Heartfelt Relationships. The second element is Engaging Teaching. The third element is this: Authentic Worship. Offering Authentic Worship opportunities is one of the most Continue Reading

5 Elements For Children’s Ministry: Engaging Teaching

5 Elements For Children’s Ministry: Engaging Teaching

We defined children’s ministry as “partnering with parents to guide kids toward a HEART for God.” As we partner with parents, what we offer in the church (from the Nursery through 5th or 6th grade!) must include the first element: Heartfelt Relationships. The second element is Engaging Teaching. 5 Elements For Children’s Ministry: Engaging Teaching Long gone are the days… Continue Reading

What Is Children’s Ministry?

What Is Children’s Ministry?

Have you ever stopped to answer the question: What is Children’s Ministry? If you work in “children’s ministry”, you’ve probably got a pretty good idea of what it is, but have you noticed that those who don’t work on staff in children’s ministry have wildly different ideas of what it actually is? Even parents and… Continue Reading