5 Ways To Engage Church Leadership In Children’s Ministry

5 Ways To Engage Church Leadership In Children’s Ministry

No, you’re probably not going to get anyone from your church leadership team?to teach Kids’ Church for you. And they probably won’t get too involved in planning your events.5 Ways To Engage Church Leadership In Children's MinistryAnd they shouldn’t!

And you might feel a little intimidated at asking church leadership to engage with children’s ministry. But church leadership can and should be engaged with children’s ministry. By that I mean they should be informed and invested in what’s going on with a significant part of the church they lead. And they should always have an open invitation to engage in positive ways.

Here are some ways to do just that:

5 Ways To Engage Church Leadership In Children’s Ministry

1. Do your job.?

When we do our job (leading children’s ministry), it frees them from worrying about making sure it’s done. This actually enables them to engage (when they can & want to) in positive ways in our ministry. When we aren’t doing our job, it forces them to engage in negative ways (to solve the problems we’re creating).

2. Be excited about children’s ministry.?

As ridiculous as it sounds, as I work with children’s ministry leaders around the country, I’m amazed at how “unexcited” many are about what they are doing. All I hear in conversations with them is how hard it is, how frustrated they are about the lack of volunteers, the fact that they don’t have enough resources, blah, blah, blah…

I want to tell them (and usually do, as kindly as I can): “Get over it!” If we can’t be excited about what we’re doing, then how do we expect anyone else to? Attitude leaks…positive or negative. Good luck getting church leadership engaged with a negative attitude.

3. Share positive stories.?

If you are excited about your ministry, you’re going to pretty easily identify stories of life change that you can share. So share them – with church leadership. Don’t focus on the negative (except at the appropriate times when those things are on the table for discussion), but rather, share the stories of kids coming to Christ, of parents engaging in ministry, or of how your team has reached out to the community. Your church leadership are human beings, and just like all of us, they will respond to the things that push their buttons. Find those buttons and tell stories to push them.

4. Inform them of positive activity.?

Following close behind # 3 is informing church leadership of what’s going on in children’s ministry. I found that a quick update in staff meeting, or a brief, weekly email to my pastor works great. Focus on how your vision is being fulfilled within the context of the churches vision. Focus on growth. Focus on life-change (this might be the forum to tell your stories). Leave the negative and the needs to a separate conversation at the appropriate time.

5. Invite them to engage.?

How do you engage?anyone?in your ministry? You invite them. It’s no different with church leadership. Find small ways they can engage: a quick video message for the kids; show up at volunteer training to thank volunteers; help you solve a critical people problem; thank the team from the pulpit for a job well done; or make a cameo in the opening session of VBS.

  • Key # 1: invite without expectations. When we tie expectations to our invitation, we leave ourselves open for disappointment. But if we lay a foundation for them – a foundation that is positive & exciting as something they would?want?to be part of and feel they can contribute to and benefit from (just like anyone else we invite) – and then leave an open invitation for them, we are far more likely to capture their engagement.
  • Key # 2: invite consistently. They won’t be able to take you up on every invitation. When you first start, it might be something they see as “too much”, and turn you down. They may think you’re asking for a lot more than you really are. That’s ok…keep doing steps 1 – 4 and consistently offer the invitation (without expectation) and you might be surprised to see that at some point your church leadership enthusiastically engages with your ministry.

How have you engaged church leadership in your ministry??

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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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