5 Essential Areas of Focus for the Children’s Ministry Leader

5 Essential Areas of Focus for the Children’s Ministry Leader

focusChildren’s Ministry is one of the most challenging and complex areas of ministry in the church. There are always a hundred things calling for our attention. But focusing on what MATTERS, not just on what’s urgent or even important, is critical to effectively leading our ministry. It’s about leading your ministry into the vision God has given you. Here are a few thoughts on what we ought to be focused on…and what we shouldn’t:

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Leadership Matters In Children’s Ministry

Leadership Matters In Children’s Ministry

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

The Children’s Ministry Leader’s Most Important Relationship

The Children’s Ministry Leader’s Most Important Relationship

A successful Children’s Ministry leader builds relationships. They build healthy relationships with kids, with parents, with volunteers and with leaders. I’ve been saying for 20 years that ministry always happens best in the context relationship…period! Ministry always happens best in the context of relationship…period! #KidMin #FamMin Click To Tweet And this is absolutely true! But that’s not… Continue Reading

11 Ways To Retain Volunteers In Your Ministry

11 Ways To Retain Volunteers In Your Ministry

If you’ve been leading in Children’s Ministry for very long, you’ve probably figured out that one of your best ways to build your volunteer team is to keep the ones you’ve already got! Retaining volunteers is critical to continued health and growth in your ministry. But sometimes it seems like we’ve got a revolving door… Continue Reading

9 Ways To Say “Thanks” To Your Team

9 Ways To Say “Thanks” To Your Team

As Children’s & Family Ministry Leaders, we are surrounded (hopefully!) by a team (staff and/or volunteers) committed to accomplishing great things in the lives of, well, children & family. My hope is we have an “attitude of gratitude” year-round. Obviously, however, this time of year highlights the opportunity to say “thanks”. Here are a few… Continue Reading

5 Keys to Managing Unhappy Volunteers

5 Keys to Managing Unhappy Volunteers

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… 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