3 Reasons Why You Should NOT Be Teaching Kids

3 Reasons Why You Should NOT Be Teaching Kids

teachingAs a children’s pastor/director, I love kids! I hope you do too. I love seeing them come to an understanding of scripture and the principles we are trying to communicate to them. And I love teaching them those principles.

But I came to a realization – I should not be the one teaching them those principles, or at least not on a week to week basis. Why? Well, it’s not about the teaching part, it’s about leadership. In fact, I DO encourage the children’s pastor/director to teach the kids,?just don’t commit to a single class on a week to week basis.?

Here’s why:

1. Your role is primarily?about adults, not kids.?You should be primarily about connecting with staff, core leaders, volunteers and parents. And the larger the church, the more imperative this becomes. In my opinion, about 85% or more of your time should be spent in adult focused communication.

2. Your role is about?equipping others.?As church leaders, Ephesians 4:12 is pretty clear about what our job is – to equip others to do the work of the ministry. If you are assuming the primary teaching role on a week to week basis, is the equipping part really happening?

3. Your role is primarily about leading.?If I tie myself up during a full service time on the weekend (and in many cases I’ve seen the children’s pastor tied up teaching during?every?service time), it limits my ability to lead effectively when my followers are actually there with me. So doing things like?solving problems,??making the necessary connections,?evaluating ministry, etc., simply can’t happen very well.

What I recommend to children’s pastors/directors, when it comes to teaching, is to rotate through all areas of your ministry. Every church is different when it comes to scheduling, but be in all the different areas at least once per quarter without committing to any single area each week. This allows you the freedom to do the 3 things mentioned above. It also gives you another very important benefit – being in front of ALL your kids, not just a single age group. It accomplishes everything you should be accomplishing as a children’s pastor/director.

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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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