Category Archives: Volunteers

The Life Blood of Children’s Ministry: The Red Book

The Life Blood of Children’s Ministry: The Red Book

Why do you do what you do in Children’s Ministry? Take a moment to think about that.

Really, what is the bottom line reason for spending your life serving children and those who love them? You get little recognition. I doubt that you’re getting rich in this job. It’s one of the hardest jobs in all of ministry. You probably don’t have anywhere near the budget you need – and what you have is probably disproportionate to what other departments have in spite of size.

So why do you do it?

Most likely, you do it for one, primary reason:  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

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 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

11 Ways To Retain Volunteers In Your Ministry

11 Ways To Retain Volunteers In Your Ministry

If you’ve been leading in Children’s Ministry for very long, you’ve probably figured out that one of your best ways to build your volunteer team is to keep the ones you’ve already got! Retaining volunteers is critical to continued health and growth in your ministry. But sometimes it seems like we’ve got a revolving door… 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

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

6 Teaching Tips for Children’s Ministry

6 Teaching Tips for Children’s Ministry

Many people have the gift of teaching and are almost naturally wonderful at connecting with kids. Others find themselves in a teaching position (volunteer, usually) and, perhaps, don’t have that gift. Or, they simply have never exercised it. Regardless, there are several general principles that every volunteer teacher can and should incorporate into their ministry with… Continue Reading

5 Elements For Children’s Ministry: Engaging Teaching

5 Elements For Children’s Ministry: Engaging Teaching

We defined children’s ministry as “partnering 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

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

4 Ways To Retain Volunteers

4 Ways To Retain Volunteers

Do you have challenges when it comes to keeping volunteers? In some case, it may be just fine to have a volunteer leave (see this post for why that might be true). But in most case, we want to do everything we can to retain the volunteers we have. In fact, I’ve always said that… 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

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