7 Steps To Automatic Growth In Your Children’s Ministry

7 Steps To Automatic Growth In Your Children’s Ministry

Grow Your Children's Ministry

We all want our ministries to grow, right? The problem is we don’t always know how. But there are certain principles that, if applied over time, will cause growth in your ministry – automatically.

Here they are:?

7?Steps To Automatic Growth In Your Children’s Ministry

1. Align your vision for Children’s Ministry?with the vision of your Senior leadership & church as a whole.

Children’s Ministry is not it’s own church. Neither is any other ministry. All ministries within the local church need to align with the vision of the church as set forth by it’s leadership. When we don’t do this, we set ourselves, our team and our ministry up for failure. Children’s Ministry must be going in the same direction as the church in order to allow for growth.

2. Grow yourself as a leader & focus on what leaders focus on.

The single greatest thing you can do to grow your ministry is to grow yourself. The greater your capacity to lead, the greater your capacity to develop leaders. And it is in the development of leadership within your ministry that will allow for the greatest growth in your ministry. See this post for more on this: The #1 Way To Grow Your Children?s Ministry

3. Grow your team through equipping and developing.

You can’t do ministry by yourself. You’ve got to grow your team (see How to Have a Great Children’s Ministry Team). That involves equipping and developing (see this post for more on the difference:?Equipping vs. Developing Leaders In Children?s Ministry).?

4. Build relationships for the sake of relationship & teach your team to do the same.

We say it over and over here at Children’s Ministry Leader: “Ministry always happens best in the context of relationships.” It’s true! But we don’t build relationship just so we can do ministry. Relationships matter outside of ministry. So build them for their own sake. The result of a relational culture in your ministry, however, will be that great growth with result.

5. Create excellent, engaging & relevant ministry for all age groups.

One of our 5 key elements in Children’s Ministry is Engaging Children. If people aren’t engaged in your ministry, they certainly won’t learn, and they probably won’t stay. And, for sure, your ministry won’t grow. Engagement drives growth, so make sure everything you do is excellent, engaging and relevant.

6. Be committed to expanding parent engagement in their children’s spiritual formation.

Spiritual formation of kids in your ministry will?primarily happen only to the extent?of their parents investment in that process. Not only is it primarily the parents’ responsibility, but they also have the greatest spiritual influence in their child’s life (good or bad). When we commit to engaging parents in what we do at church, it creates greater engagement at home. And greater engagement yields great opportunity for growth.

7. Don’t live within the walls of your church – create connections to your community.

Growth will come from outside the walls of our churches. So why do we so often remain within the walls of our church and expect growth? You as the leader, your team of leaders, and your ministry need to find ways to get connected beyond those walls with the community in which you serve. You might be surprised how being connected draws people to your church and ministry.

When I share these I’m always asked, “If I do these, growth will be automatic???” Yes…automatic. ?I didn’t say it was easy, or that it will happen overnight or the growth will look exactly like you expect it to, but apply yourself to these strategies and you and your ministry will grow. ?I guarantee it.

What have you discovered to create growth 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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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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