Author Archives: Greg Baird

How to Have a Healthy Ministry to Children in Your Church

How to Have a Healthy Ministry to Children in Your Church

Effective ministry to children (whatever the “department” is called) is critical to a healthy church.

Ministry to children impacts the church in all directions. Virtually everyone in the church is linked to ministry to children in some way or another. Parents often judge their commitment (and attendance!) to the church based on whether their kids like the ministry to children. And, of course, we all know the spiritual impact that can be made in the lives of children.

So how do we create healthy ministry to children?

Every church is different, every ministry unique, and it takes far more than a blog post to answer that question. However, here’s the framework of a model that I’ve found applies to each environment I’ve ever associated with over the past 25 years: Continue Reading

5 Reasons Every Staff Member Should Appreciate the Lead Pastor

5 Reasons Every Staff Member Should Appreciate the Lead Pastor

Being a lead pastor is one of the most challenging positions anyone can have. It’s difficult, at best. Many (most) pastors work tirelessly with little recognition. As a leader in the church (whatever your “official” title is) you have an opportunity to express appreciation. I get it…you may have some significant challenges with your lead… Continue Reading

3 Keys to Leading Children’s Ministry as an IM-Perfect Leader

3 Keys to Leading Children’s Ministry as an IM-Perfect Leader

We talk about leadership all the time. That’s what Children’s Ministry Leader is all about – Equipping leaders to create healthy Children’s & Family Ministry. We often quote John Maxwell’s famous mantra: Everything rises and falls on leadership. And we believe it. Leadership is talked about on numerous pastor/ministry blogs & websites. Magazines we read are full… Continue Reading

How To Do Family Ministry Without Having A “Family Ministry”

How To Do Family Ministry Without Having A “Family Ministry”

Are you a “Children’s” Pastor or Director leading a “Children’s” Ministry, but with a heart for reaching families? Do you understand that parents are the primary spiritual influencers in their children’s lives, but are in a church which has (and wants to keep) a more traditional “Children’s Ministry”? I talk with leaders all the time… Continue Reading

The Truth About Leadership…And Children’s Ministry

The Truth About Leadership…And Children’s Ministry

  Recently I read a great book called The Truth About Leadership, a fairly new book by Kouzes & Posner (authors of the must-read leadership book The Leadership Challenge). The book is a result of their 30 years of research on leadership and addressed 10 fundamentals characteristic of ALL leadership, regardless of culture, generation, position, etc. Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

4 Keys To Leading Young Leaders in Children’s Ministry

4 Keys To Leading Young Leaders in Children’s Ministry

Children’s Ministry is a tremendous place for leaders to “grow up”. Whether it’s designing a program for youth to enter into serving or adults who have never really led before, Children’s Ministry offers multiple opportunities to grow leaders. Here are 4 keys which I’ve found important to leading this group effectively: 4 Keys To Leading… Continue Reading

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