Category Archives: Nursery

A Children’s Ministry Leader’s Response When Volunteers Leave

A Children’s Ministry Leader’s Response When Volunteers Leave

 

Do you ever lose volunteers from your ministry? Of course you do! It’s a natural and common occurrence. Sometimes it’s people we don’t mind losing (be honest!) and sometimes we cringe when we learn of their departure.

Some people can be more of a bane than a blessing:

  • Whiners and complainers
  • Those who refuse to abide by basic guidelines
  • Bitter and unhappy people
  • Renegades pursuing their own agenda instead of sharing a united vision

You know who I’m talking about…you’ve got some names in mind right now. ūüôā

Then there are some people who seem like the backbone of our ministry: 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

A Children’s Ministry Volunteer Primer

A Children’s Ministry Volunteer Primer

Let’s face it, assimilating volunteers into our ministry is challenging. We need to have systems and processes in place to guide us through the recruiting, screening, training & placement of volunteers. Often times, though, once volunteers are ready to step into ministry, we get that “deer in the headlights” look. Especially those who’ve never served… 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

19 Ways To Improve Your Ministry Recruiting

19 Ways To Improve Your Ministry Recruiting

Recruiting, or the process of finding new volunteers for our ministry,¬†is essential, even though I would prefer that we all take a different approach (here are 5 Reasons Why You Need to Stop Recruiting in Children’s Ministry).¬† Too often, however, recruiting becomes begging. And that is just unacceptable and inexcusable. There is a right way… Continue Reading

5 Elements For Children’s Ministry: Telling The Good News

5 Elements For Children’s Ministry: Telling The Good News

Our¬†definition for Kidmin¬†is:¬†partnering with parents to guide kids toward a HEART for God.¬†We do that by equipping them to disciple their own children, but we also must address what happens¬†within¬†the church ministry. ¬†For that, there are 5 essentials, the first 4 of which we’ve defined as: H¬†eartfelt Relationships E¬†ngaging Teaching A¬†uthentic Worship R¬†eal Service The… Continue Reading

5 Elements For Children’s Ministry: Real Service

5 Elements For Children’s Ministry: Real Service

  In Children’s Ministry, we are¬†to¬†partner with parents to guide kids toward a HEART for God. There are 5 elements that support that definition, including:¬† Heartfelt Relationships Engaging Teaching Authentic Worship.¬† The fourth element we need in our Children’s Ministries is:¬†Real Service. Continue Reading

5 Elements For Children’s Ministry: Authentic Worship

5 Elements For Children’s Ministry: Authentic Worship

Our definition of Kidmin is:  partnering with parents to guide kids toward a HEART for God. For the churches part, there are 5 elements that must be present in what we do with kids. The first element is Heartfelt Relationships. The second element is Engaging Teaching. The third element is this: Authentic Worship. Offering Authentic Worship opportunities is one of the most Continue Reading

5 Elements For Children’s Ministry: Engaging Teaching

5 Elements For Children’s Ministry: Engaging Teaching

We¬†defined children’s ministry¬†as¬†‚Äúpartnering with parents to guide kids toward a HEART for God.” As we partner with parents, what we offer in the church (from the Nursery through 5th or 6th grade!) must include the first element:¬†Heartfelt Relationships. The second element is¬†Engaging Teaching. 5 Elements For Children’s Ministry: Engaging Teaching Long gone are the days… Continue Reading

5 Elements For Children’s Ministry: Heartfelt Relationships

5 Elements For Children’s Ministry: Heartfelt Relationships

In our¬†previous post, we defined Children’s Ministry¬†as¬†“partnering with parents to guide kids toward a HEART for God”. ¬†Parents are ultimately responsible, but as Children’s Ministry¬†leaders, our part includes 5 elements. The first element is¬†Heartfelt Relationships¬†(the “H” in HEART). Memorize this: Continue Reading

What Is Children’s Ministry?

What Is Children’s Ministry?

Have you ever stopped to answer the question: What is Children’s Ministry? If you work in “children’s ministry”, you’ve probably got a pretty good idea of what it is, but have you noticed that those who don’t work on staff in children’s ministry have wildly different ideas of what it actually is? Even parents and… Continue Reading

5 Ways To Prepare For Easter In Your Children’s Ministry

5 Ways To Prepare For Easter In Your Children’s Ministry

Easter is approaching…fast! I hope you’ve already begun planning for it in your ministry. Easter weekend can be a wonderful time in the world of Children’s Ministry! ¬†But it can also be a nightmare for the Children’s Ministry leader. ¬†It’s typically one of the highest attended weekends of the year. ¬†Lots of visitors. ¬†High expectations.… Continue Reading

5 Ways To Win As A Volunteer

5 Ways To Win As A Volunteer

Being a volunteer in Children’s ministry can be one of the greatest investments we make in our entire lives, but it can also be overwhelming and be defeating. We are constantly looking for ways to make the volunteering¬†experience both fun and rewarding every week.¬†Ultimately we¬†have found that the most successful volunteers are the those who… Continue Reading

5 Ways Ministry Leaders Can Enjoy The Christmas Season

5 Ways Ministry Leaders Can Enjoy The Christmas Season

There are very few “down” times for children’s ministry leaders. Christmas certainly is not one of them for most of us! Besides the Christmas kids program, we usually are doing something special on the weekend before Christmas, managing a sparse volunteer team (usually with many fill-ins), and getting lots of “extras” prepped for our programs… Continue Reading

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