Category Archives: Family Ministry

10 Phrases That Describe the Most Effective Children’s Ministry Leaders

10 Phrases That Describe the Most Effective Children’s Ministry Leaders

Children’s Ministry Leaders are some of the best leaders I know. They can also some of the worst (although these you probably couldn’t really call “leaders”).

Leading perhaps the most challenging and complex ministry in the church, true success in Children’s Ministry requires effective leadership.

But what does that look like? What are the things that make up a truly effective leader of Children’s Ministry?

As I’ve worked with taught and interacted with thousands of leaders of Children’s Ministry, here is how I would describe those who are most effective: Continue Reading

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… 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

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

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

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