5 Things You Should Expect From Church Leadership

5 Things You Should Expect From Church Leadership

In our last post we talked about 5 Things Church Leadership Should Expect From You. Today we want to turn that around and look at what we (meaning children’s & family ministry leaders) should reasonably expect from our church leadership. Church leaders may even decide to make use of something like a Church Management Software in order to help the church grow to its full potential.

5 Things You Should Expect From Church Leadership

1. A commitment to personal holiness & God’s Word.

It goes both ways (meaning we should be committed to this also), but this is where leadership should start in the church. Leading a church is one of the most difficult “jobs” around, but no church or church staff can be adequately led if there is compromise in this area. At the same time, don’t expect perfection. Church leaders are men & women growing in their faith just as we are.

2. A clearly articulated vision for the church (which ultimately defines the vision for each department).

If I were to ask you what does a ‘win’ look like in your church?” would you be able to tell me? Understanding what’s important is all about vision clarity and communication. The direction – and successful pursuit of that direction – comes directly from the team understanding the defined vision of the church, and that is established by church leadership.

3. A minimal level of engagement & understanding with what you do.

No, I’m not saying your pastor should be seen in the kids’ area every Sunday (although that would be great!). And I’m not saying he should be part of planning or implementing children’s ministry.

What I am saying is that church leadership should at least understand what you do. In working with hundreds of churches across the country, my observation is that most don’t understand (or haven’t thought about) the reality that children’s ministry:

  • is one of the most, if not the most, complex departments in the church;
  • presents leadership challenges unlike any other in the church because of the numbers involved, the ratios required, and the developmental range of those involved;
  • includes the greatest risks in any department in the church (physical, emotional & spiritual)
  • requires the greatest amount of resources, from curriculum to supplies to equipment to program needs to volunteer assimilation & development, and more;
  • can significantly impact the pursuit of the overall vision since virtually everyone in the church is connected with children’s ministry in some way or another.

4. Open lines of communication.

When I served under John Maxwell, I could make an appointment & see him virtually anytime. He would occasionally stop by my office just to check in. I traveled with him at least once a year primarily for the purpose of connecting. Communication freely flowed both ways.

In another church, I had exactly 4 personal, individual conversations about my area (children’s ministry) with my pastor in 4 years. We had no executive pastor (so there was no one else to communicate with or through) and it took at least 6 – 8 weeks for each of those appointments to happen (all of which I initiated). Many other times I simply gave up trying to connect & just sent an email (which was rarely replied to).

Communication is vital. I’m not advocating an open door policy (in my opinion, lead & executive pastors’ roles are way too demanding to expect that), but there should at least be availability. The lack of communication “communicates” a lack of value for you and your ministry.

5. A sincere interest in your personal well-being.

Let me start by making this clear: church leadership is not responsible for your physical or spiritual health, wealth or happiness…you are. 🙂 They should, however, be genuinely concerned about you as an individual. In my opinion, this is reflected in:

  • fair compensation, in line with other staff leading comparable areas;
  • adequate opportunity for time off (vacation, sick leave, etc.);
  • expressed expectations for personal growth & spiritual health;
  • regular & reasonable “check-ins” to see how you are (in ministry, family, personally, etc.);

What else do you expect from your church leaders?

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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.


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