24 Volunteers We Might Reject For Children’s Ministry … And 1 We Might Keep

24 Volunteers We Might Reject For Children’s Ministry … And 1 We Might Keep

rejectedLooking for volunteers for your Children’s Ministry? Checking them out is important. However, it’s also important that we keep God’s perspective in mind as we evaluate volunteers (or staff!). Here’s a little fun to help us keep perspective:?

Adam:?Good man but problems with his wife. Also one reference told of how his wife and he enjoyed walking in the woods wearing nothing but fig leaves.

Noah:?Former pastorate of 120 years with not even one convert. Prone to unrealistic building projects.

Abraham:?Though the references reported wife-swapping, the facts seem to show he never slept with another man?s wife, but did offer to share his own wife with another man.

Joseph:?A big thinker, but a braggart, believes in dream-interpreting, and has a prison record.

Moses:?A modest and meek man, but poor communicator, even stuttering at times. Sometimes blows his stack and acts rashly. Some say he left an earlier church over a murder charge.

David:?The most promising leader of all until we discovered the affair he had with his neighbor?s wife.

Solomon:?Great preacher but our relocation costs for all his wives are out of our budget.

Elijah:?Prone to depression. Collapses under pressure.

Elisha:?Reported to have lived with a single widow while at his former church.

Hosea:?A tender and loving pastor but our people could never handle his wife?s occupation.

Deborah:?Strong leader and seems to be anointed, but she is female.

Jeremiah:?Emotionally unstable, alarmist, negative, always lamenting things, reported to have taken a long trip to bury his underwear on the bank of a foreign river.

Isaiah:?On the fringe? Claims to have seen angels in church. Has trouble with his language.

Jonah:?Refused God?s call into ministry until he was forced to obey by getting swallowed up by a great fish. He told us the fish later spit him out on the shore near here. We hung up.

Amos:?Too backward and unpolished. With some seminary training he might have promise, but has a hang-up against wealthy people?might fit in better in a poor congregation.

Melchizedek:?Great credentials at current work place, but where does this guy come from? No information on his resume about former work records. Every line about parents was left blank and he refused to supply a birth date.

John:?Says he is a Baptist, but definitely doesn?t dress like one. Has slept in the outdoors for months on end, has a weird diet, and provokes denominational leaders.

Peter:?Too blue-collar. Has a bad temper-even has been known to curse. Had a big run-in with Paul in Antioch. Aggressive, but a loose cannon.

Paul:?Powerful CEO type leader and fascinating preacher. However, short on tact, unforgiving with younger ministers, harsh and has been known to preach all night.

James & John:?Package deal preacher & associate seemed good at first, but found out they have an ego problem regarding other fellow workers and seating positions. Threatened an entire town after an insult. Also known to try to discourage workers who didn?t follow along with them.

Timothy:?Too young!

Methuselah:?Too old . . . WAY too old!

Jesus:?Has had popular times, but once his church grew to 5000 he managed to offend them all, and then this church dwindled down to twelve people. Seldom stays in one place very long. And, of course, he?s single.

Judas:?His references are solid. A steady plodder. Conservative. Good connections. Knows how to handle money. We?re inviting him to preach this Sunday. Possibilities here.

What do you think??

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Greg Baird
Founder of Children's Ministry Leader at Children's Ministry Leader
My passion is seeing the lives of children transformed. I believe the best way to do that is to equip leaders in the local church to serve children, volunteers and parents to invest in the lives of children at church and in the home. That?s what we do here at Children?s Ministry Leader ? equip leaders to create healthy Children?s & Family Ministry.
I serve as the Vice President of Global Resources in the Global Mission department at David C. Cook.

I love what I do as it is the outflow of 25 years of ministry experience as Children?s, Family & Administrative Pastor, consultant, trainer, speaker and short-term missions leader.

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Stop begging trying to fill the needs in your ministry! IF people respond, it will likely be only short term. Obligatory service doesn’t inspire people to stick around.

Instead, understand the grand vision we are pursuing by investing in children’s lives for eternity!

Practice articulating that vision and start sharing it in every conversation. It’s a privilege and honor to be part of such important service, so INVITE people into that opportunity.

And, of course, never forget the foundation for building our team, found in Luke 10:2: “These were his [Jesus’] instructions to them: ‘The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.’”


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As the kids run to their waiting parents after church on Sunday morning, is that where the impact ends?

Or does the conversation continue at home throughout the week?

Hopefully the answer is the latter. If it’s not, it’s probably because we aren’t engaging and equipping parents to continue the conversation.

And that’s a problem.

Parents are the primary spiritual investors in a child’s life. Good or bad, this is almost always true.

As Children’s Ministry Leaders, our primary role ought to be to “equip God’s people” (Ephesians 4:12). In our case, I believe that means equip our team to invest in the children of our ministry, and to equip the parents of those children to continue the conversations at home.

If you aren’t engaging & equipping parents to continue the conversations that begin at church, then your ministry is incomplete.

If you are engaging and equipping parents, share an example in the comments of how you do that so the rest of us can learn from you.





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We always hear that children and youth are the church of tomorrow.

Yes, they are.

But they are also part of the church of today.

They are the group most receptive to the Gospel. They are the group most responsive to discipleship.

They also typically represent the largest group in the church, and the one with the most peripheral impact (volunteers, parents, etc).

They are the most vulnerable, physically, spiritually, emotionally and mentally.

Why on earth would we ever think we could “babysit” this group while “real ministry” happens with adults?

The truth is, many (most?) churches are not as healthy or strong as they could be because they lack a thriving focus on perhaps the very group that should receive the greatest focus.

You cannot have a healthy church without a healthy ministry to children and families.

Agree?






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