Hi! I’m Greg Baird, founder and author of 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.
The most important thing to know about me is that I am blessed beyond measure to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. My wife, Michele, and I have two incredible sons named Taylor (1996) and Garret (1997), both of whom have a heart for serving in ministry. And I’m a Chargers & Padres fan (so you can feel sorry for me now!)
Most recently, I served as the Vice President of Global Resources in the Global Mission department at David C. Cook. Essentially, my role was to create partnerships globally for the Life on Life Project, where I led the implementation of a strategic plan to resource churches and leaders to serve 17 million children in 32 countries. Now I focus my energy on serving Children’s & Family Ministry Leaders and churches through this site, coaching & consulting. And I’ve got a few other projects going on as well.
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, short-term missions leader, and VP at David C Cook. I also blog at GregJBaird.com about leadership, management, productivity and growth.
I would love to serve you through ministry coaching, consulting and speaking. Please contact me through the Contact page for inquiries.
- Served under the leadership of John Maxwell & David Jeremiah (the first Children’s Pastor at both churches);
- Founder of both a ministry non-profit (Kids In Focus) & a ministry business (KidMin360) – both are now consolidated into ChildrensMinistryLeader.com;
- Served in children’s, family & administrative pastor positions in churches ranging from 250 to 8000 in attendance;
- Provided services (consulting, executive job searches, training, coaching, etc.) for hundreds of churches across the United States and around the world.
- Travelled extensively providing coaching, consulting, training & leadership development in over 30 countries on 6 continents.
- Presented with CMConnect Children’s Ministry Leadership Award (2017)
- Extensive speaking, including:
- Children’s Ministry Servants Conference – keynote & workshop presenter (2017 & 2018)
- CMConnect Conference – keynote & workshop presenter (2017)
- Children’s Pastors Conference – workshop presenter (2001 – 2010, 2014, 2017, 2018)
- D6 Conference – workshop presenter (2011, 2012)
- Lifeway Kids Ministry Conference – workshop presenter (2011, 2012)
- Group Publishing KidMin Conference – 6-hour pre-con tracks (2012 – 2015); 8-hour leadership tracks (2012, 2013, 2015); keynote (2014)
- Group Publishing One-Day Seminars – 30+ cities (2003 – 2008)
- NorthWest Ministry Conference – workshop presenter (2009 – 2011)
- Children’s Ministry Spring Training – organizer, workshop presenter, leadership track, keynote (2001 – 2009)
- Worlds of WOW Leadership Training – keynote (2012)
- Christian Ministry Training Association – workshop leader, keynote (2009-2012)
- Multiple other smaller network meetings, seminars & conferences
- Many articles for magazines, including:
- Hundreds of blog posts, including current contributions on:
- Book contributions:
- Sunday School That Works: The Complete Guide To Maximize Your Children’s Ministry Impact (Group Publishing)
- Pulse: The Best In Children’s Ministry (KidzMatter Publishing)
- Events That Worked For Us: Best Practices For Ministry With Children & Families (Abingdon Press)
- Top 100: Best Leadership Articles, Practical How-To’s & Features of the Year (ChurchLeaders.com, 2021 Edition)