3 Ways To Win On Sunday In Children’s Ministry

3 Ways To Win On Sunday In Children’s Ministry

3 Ways to Win on SundayMarlene has the gift of evangelism. I like to call her ?The Billy Graham of Kids Ministry.? You can count the kids she has lead to Christ by the dozens – each year!

But not all of us have Marlene?s giftedness. Not all of us can be ?The Billy Graham of Kids Ministry,? and sometimes that can be dis-heartening.

What defines a win for the volunteers who serve faithfully each week?

If the only way volunteers in your Children’s Ministry can “win” is by leading a child to Christ, there will be many weeks where they feel like they have lost. We may not all have the luxury to boast of giftedness like Marlene’s, but each and every one of us can and should win on Sunday morning.

I have found that what gets praised, gets repeated. What I, as a children?s director, choose to celebrate in my Children’s Ministry team is what re-enforces the vision and shows our team what matters most.

So, here are three things you can start (or continue with renewed purpose) celebrating in your volunteer team:

1. Making it PERSONAL

Take a moment to think about the best advice you have ever been given.

Seriously, press pause. Put your laptop or device down for a second so you can really think about it.

Nearly every time I have challenged someone to think about the wisest words they have ever been told, it has come from someone they are close to. Usually it?s a parent or family member, maybe even a trusted friend or accountability partner.

I have a theory. I believe the reason you chose those words has as much to do with the character of that person as much as the content of their words. Your ears were ripe for listening because they had already won your heart and your trust.

The same is true in ministry, especially with kids. They care more about who you are than about what you say. The relationships we have with those we serve is what unlocks the door to speak truth into their lives. Therefore, we want our ministries to be highly relational.

So what does a relational ministry look like in action? Two examples might be:

  • Greeting children by name
  • Knowing children well enough to be able to ask personal questions (Example: How did your piano recital go last week?)

2. Making it PRACTICAL

Children are curious learners. They need to hear, see, smell and touch something before it becomes real for them.

It?s easy to get overwhelmed by the depth and breadth of the Bible. That?s why one of our biggest wins is being able to make God?s Word come to life for our kids.

Have you ever experienced when you can visibly see a child get it? You can see the wheels turning, the thoughts stirring. Some call it a light bulb moment. I can never get enough of those moments. It fires me up.

So, what does it look like to make it practical for kids? Two examples might be:

  • Teaching that leads to action
  • Kids are able to ask thoughtful questions

3. Making it POWERFUL

We like to end each small group time by inviting the parents into the room so we can say a prayer together as a family. We heard from one child some time ago who said, ?That?s the first time I?ve ever prayed with my mom and dad.? Our hearts sank.

I don?t share that story to criticize a family, but to point out how our volunteers have gotten the privilege of teaching our parents what it looks like to pray with their children. There are few things more powerful than that!

It is important to remember that our ministries should be more focused on equipping than entertaining. Power is not found in performance or production, but in Gospel-centered content and God-honoring relationships.

So, what does it look like to create a powerful and memorable experience for kids and families?

  • Taking time during the service to pray individually with a child
  • Encouraging and affirming parents

The more you celebrate with your team, the more they will own their role. They will be healthier, happier, and eager to serve.

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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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