Category Archives: Family Ministry

3 Thing Your Pastor Doesn’t Need You To Do as a Children’s Ministry Leader

3 Thing Your Pastor Doesn’t Need You To Do as a Children’s Ministry Leader

As Children’s Ministry Leaders, we are asked to do a lot in our church. It is not uncommon to be asked to take on responsibilities outside our “job description“. Often we need to work across departments to help support other things going on in the church. Many times, anything we do is done with little appreciation.

It can be frustrating and discouraging. And it can be unfair. Regardless, it never – ever – gives us the right to do things poorly. Especially as our job relates to supporting our Lead Pastor. In fact, we need to appreciate our pastor and do all we can to encourage them

And while we do that, there are some things our pastor never needs us to do.  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

5 Ways to Make Worship Family Friendly in Your Church

5 Ways to Make Worship Family Friendly in Your Church

I have heard many stories from parents about the churches they never went back to. Stories range from the lead pastors waiting to continue a sermon until a special needs child (who belched) was removed for the sanctuary to parents being asked to leave a church while quietly (and painfully) going through a divorce. If… Continue Reading

FREE: New Believer Follow-Up Book for Children

FREE: New Believer Follow-Up Book for Children

  We are excited to welcome a new sponsor here a Children’s Ministry Leader. Let the Little Children Come is a leader in providing child evangelism tools for parents and ministry leaders all over. And they generously offer this free resource: the New Believer Follow-Up Book for Children.  Here is a little bit about the booklet from our friends… 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

How To Have An AVERAGE Children’s Ministry

How To Have An AVERAGE Children’s Ministry

I’ve had the privilege of working with lots of churches to help them create healthy children’s ministry. Sometimes, at the beginning of the coaching/consulting/assessment process, I will ask them: “Do you want to have an average children’s ministry?”  I’ve gotten a “yes” only once, and that was in jest because she felt like her ministry was… Continue Reading

How to Offer Training Volunteers Want to Attend

How to Offer Training Volunteers Want to Attend

Training is an essential part of your Children’s Ministry. But it can be a challenge to get your volunteers to attend. It will always be a challenge and, likely, reaching 100% attendance will be next to impossible. But there are some things which we can do to make it more likely that volunteers will attend,… Continue Reading

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