7 Misperceptions About Children’s Ministry Leaders

7 Misperceptions About Children’s Ministry Leaders

Being a Children’s Pastor/Director is so much fun! It’s also one of the more misunderstood roles in the church. People often have no clue what we really do.

Or that it’s hard!

I’m sure you’ve experienced, if  you’ve been leading in Children’s Ministry longer than a month or two. Please share your stories in the comments below.

7 Misperceptions About Children’s Ministry Leaders

1. That we only work on Sundays.

If I had a dollar for every time someone asked what I did during the week, I’d be a lot better off financially than I am today!

Children's Ministry Leaders only work on Sundays...right? #KidMin #FamMin Click To Tweet

2. That it’s really OK with us if you drop off kids with dirty diapers & snotty noses in the nursery.

Because cleaning up poop is a joy to us, and we’re immune to colds, right?

3. That we really are offering free childcare – program is great but the most important thing is keeping kids occupied while real ministry happens with adults.

Do you know how much babysitters make these days? Maybe we should start charging by the hour!

Dear Pastor, Children's Ministry is NOT childcare. #KidMin #FamMin #Pastors Click To Tweet

4. That we’re doing KidMin just until a “real” job opens up in the church.

Just waiting for that youth ministry guy to move in to a senior pastor position, then we’re gonna pounce on the opportunity.

5. That it must be a great job because we spend all our time with kids.

And it is, but adult conversation is also welcome. And, in reality, our job isn’t really about the kids.

6. That we must love it when Pastor goes long in the service because it gives us even more time with the kids.


#KidMin leaders love it when #Pastors go long b/c it gives us more time with kids. Right? Click To Tweet

7. That Children’s Ministry is pretty easy – after all, it’s just kids, right?

How hard can it really be, right? Well, that’s kind of true. Children’s Ministry isn’t that hard at all!

What misperceptions have you experienced in your ministry?

(please share in comments below)

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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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