5 Ways To Develop Leaders In Children’s Ministry

5 Ways To Develop Leaders In Children’s Ministry

develop leadersWe all know we should “equip” volunteers. But that’s not enough. We also need to “develop” leaders. There’s a difference.

Unfortunately, developing leaders does not bring quick results. It takes months, at best, and usually years, before we really see a difference.?The difference, however, can be transformational – not only in the life of the leader, but also in the life of our ministry. When we develop leaders, they become far more capable in what they can accomplish, and so does our ministry.

The time factor is one reason why many don’t focus on developing leaders. But I often hear thatwe just don’t really know how to go about doing it. We know how to train (equip) someone to lead a child to Christ, but we don’t know how to develop someone for the rather ambiguous area of leadership.

We’ll share more about what leadership development is and isn’t later, but right now, here are 5 ways to get started:

1. Intentional conversations

Yep, coaching. Simply being intentional with someone about what we talk about and steering that conversation toward leadership topics can go a long way. Ask questions to make them think. Let them formulate their ideas about something instead of just telling them how it is. Help them clarify their thoughts and beliefs by sharing your own experiences. And be intentional about shaping the conversation.

2. Resource studies

You might go through a book with someone, or talk through a magazine article, or listen to a podcast together. There are many, many great resources available which provide instant content for you to discuss. Take advantage of them. (You can find a bunch of Children’s & Family Ministry resources right here).

3. Share a conference

Attend together, discuss what’s being learned, allow for deeper relationship – share a conference together! This can be a national conference, a local conference, a network meeting or even a workshop offered in your own church. And remember, it doesn’t have to be related to children’s ministry.

If you are looking for some great conferences, here are?just a few that I would recommend:

4. Project assignments

The best way to develop leaders is to not only talk about leadership, but actually put it into practice. So, as you continue to have conversations, give project assignments to your up and coming leader and let them “practice” leadership under your direction. It can be something small, but after you’ve given the instructions, let them own it. That means let them fail, let them do it the way they would do it, let them bring their own ideas to the project, etc.

5. Apprenticeships

Everything listed above (and more) are part of an apprenticeship. And apprenticeship, in my opinion, is probably the ideal form of leadership development. An apprentice is literally someone committed to someone else for the purpose of observing and learning something specific from that person. In this case, a ministry apprentice will not only be equipped for ministry, but also developed as a leaders. You allow this person to walk with you in the leadership journey, observing and experiencing how you make decisions, how you communicate, how you handle issues, solve problems, and more.

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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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