5 Reasons You Need To Stop Recruiting For Children’s Ministry

5 Reasons You Need To Stop Recruiting For Children’s Ministry

Recruiting
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re?cruit [?r??kro?ot/ ]:
to?persuade (someone) to do or assist in doing something


Finding enough people to serve is the most challenging aspect of leading a Children’s Ministry. It can be downright difficult! Often times, however, it’s difficult because we are doing it all wrong.?

Here are 5 reasons we need to stop “recruiting” for our Children’s & Family Ministry:?

Because “recruiting” is based on need, not vision.

Recruiting to “need” is one of the worst approaches we can take. Yes, sometimes (especially as you get started) you have to just make sure everything is covered. However, people who respond to need will typically have little commitment or, in many case, understanding of the true vision for Children’s Ministry. And it’s vision that you want people to buy in and respond to.

Because “recruiting” rarely has a foundation in relationship.

We say it over and over here at CML: Ministry always happens best in the context of relationship!

It’s no different with “recruiting”. The deeper the relationship, the greater the understanding will be of your heart and vision for reaching & teaching children for Christ. The greater the understanding, the greater the buy in and commitment in response.

Build relationships!

Because “recruiting” usually leads to short term commitment.

We already mentioned this, but it’s worth repeating. Short term commitment will sink your ministry. Instead, do the work to cast vision, creating long-term commitment, and then take care of the leaders you have (your best “recruiting” strategy).

Because “recruiting” is based on your own ability to persuade, not on God’s ability to move.

Did you see the definition of recruiting above? That’s not what we want to do.

Matthew 9:37-38 says:

Then he [Jesus] said to his disciples, ?The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few;?therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.?

Ultimately, staffing our ministry is a God-thing. But we so often forget to start with prayer, and we so often simply trust that, if we need more leaders, it’s through Him that we must seek them.

We also tend to skip to part where He says that “laborers are few”. In other words, what you are facing in your ministry is nothing new…and it’s probably not going to change completely.

Because “recruiting” casts too broad of a net when we need to be more selective.

Have you identified exactly what characteristics you are looking for in your volunteer leaders? If not, I would pull out a piece of paper and do that.

Now, how intentionally do you pursue those characteristics when you are sharing your vision for Children’s Ministry. When we post a note in the bulletin, or do a cattle call from the podium, or send out a desperate email on Saturday night – are we being intentional about the people we are placing in our ministry? Or are we just filling slots? Are we ensuring the safety of our kids (physically, emotionally and, yes, spiritually)? Or are we taking a chance that good people will respond?

You see, when we cast a broad, open net, we aren’t really sure who’s going to respond. I understand that there should be a screening process in place which “catches” the bad ones. My experience, however, as I’ve worked with hundreds of churches, is that we cast a broad net in order to fill slots, and often (very often) either don’t have that screening process in place, or bypass some of the important steps in order to accelerate assimilation.

Either way, we are putting our children at risk.

So what are we to do??

1. Know your vision backwards and forward (aligning it with the overall vision of the church).

2. Know how to articulate that vision backwards and forward.

3. Identify key leaders and equip them to share that vision backwards and forward (are you getting that it’s really all about the vision…and you can’t do this by yourself?).

4. Clearly identify the opportunities?of your ministry?based on the vision,?not based on “open slots”.

5. As you and your team share the vision and people get excited about and respond to the vision, invite them to consider the available?opportunities.

6. Have a non-negotiable assimilation process (which includes high-level screening, ministry orientation and basic equipping) through which you take them.

7. Have a systematic follow up process (you and your key leaders) and?take care of your volunteer leaders (encourage, equip and engage) in order to help them keep the vision before them and maintain their commitment.

Here’s the bottom line:?Don’t?recruit people?to a desperate need…invite them to a God-size vision.?

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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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