Category Archives: Leadership

How To Deal With An Underfunded Children’s Ministry

How To Deal With An Underfunded Children’s Ministry

I had to smile a little after I typed in the title for this post: …An Underfunded Children’s Ministry – as if there’s any other kind, right? I served in 4 churches and 3 of them were drastically underfunded. The 4th was about where it should be, but certainly still limited. Virtually all of us who lead in Children’s Ministry have… Continue Reading

7 Ways To Help Volunteers Succeed

7 Ways To Help Volunteers Succeed

Children’s Ministries depend on volunteers. That’s the way it’s supposed to be – the body of Christ carrying out the work of the ministry. As leaders in the church, it’s our job to help them succeed. Here’s how we can do that: Continue Reading

7 Things Every Ministry Volunteer Needs To Know

7 Things Every Ministry Volunteer Needs To Know

Our children’s ministries are dependent on volunteer. Without them, children’s ministry – or just about any ministry! – doesn’t happen. Too often, though, when someone says they’ll volunteer, we simply throw them in the room with the kids and that’s the last they hear from us unless there’s an emergency. We can’t do that. If… Continue Reading

Leadership Matters In Children’s Ministry

Leadership Matters In Children’s Ministry

This is the 4th post in a series of posts about critical leadership lessons I’ve learned as a Children’s Pastor. These lessons are in no particular order, but you can see the previous three here: Lesson #1: The Most Important Person In Your Ministry Is . . . YOU! Lesson #2: Being A Children’s Pastor Is Not… Continue Reading

The Children’s Ministry Leader’s Most Important Relationship

The Children’s Ministry Leader’s Most Important Relationship

A successful Children’s Ministry leader builds relationships. They build healthy relationships with kids, with parents, with volunteers and with leaders. I’ve been saying for 20 years that ministry always happens best in the context relationship…period! Ministry always happens best in the context of relationship…period! #KidMin #FamMin Click To Tweet And this is absolutely true! But that’s not… Continue Reading

9 Ways To Say “Thanks” To Your Team

9 Ways To Say “Thanks” To Your Team

As Children’s & Family Ministry Leaders, we are surrounded (hopefully!) by a team (staff and/or volunteers) committed to accomplishing great things in the lives of, well, children & family. My hope is we have an “attitude of gratitude” year-round. Obviously, however, this time of year highlights the opportunity to say “thanks”. Here are a few… Continue Reading

5 Keys to Managing Unhappy Volunteers

5 Keys to Managing Unhappy Volunteers

If you’ve been leading volunteers in Children’s Ministry for more than a little while then you’ve been there – face to face with an unhappy volunteer. It’s part of leading and managing in ministry, and it’s inevitable. In some case, the volunteer has every reason to be upset. Other times, you walk away shaking your… Continue Reading

Should Churches Have Children’s Ministry Or Family Ministry?

Should Churches Have Children’s Ministry Or Family Ministry?

Children’s Ministry Or Family Ministry? If you’ve been involved in ministry to children and families for any length of time, and have been engaged in any way outside the walls of your church, then you know that there are big conversations happening right now about Family Ministry. I’ve been asked repeatedly by churches I’ve worked with:… Continue Reading

How To Have A Great Children’s Ministry Team

How To Have A Great Children’s Ministry Team

We all need a great team in order to have an effective children’s or family ministry. It might be your staff if you serve in a larger church. It might be a team of volunteers. Or it might be somewhere in between. Whatever your team looks like, there are certain things all of us can… Continue Reading

7 Messages That Matter In Children’s Ministry

7 Messages That Matter In Children’s Ministry

As leaders in children’s ministry, we all work with a wide variety of groups. The overall message we must communicate is our vision for guiding kids toward a heart for Christ. But each group needs to hear certain messages, too. For example, there are certain things our volunteers need to know, certain things our kids… Continue Reading