Category Archives: Volunteers

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

7 Tips For Communicating With Volunteers Over Email

7 Tips For Communicating With Volunteers Over Email

Some people love email while others absolutely hate it. Like me, I’m sure you lean one way or the other and it’s probably influenced by how your church uses email. Our staff uses email regularly and we expect our staff and volunteer leaders to communicate with their teams weekly or bi-weekly, usually through email. Email can… Continue Reading

Don’t Throw an Outreach Event – Host One

Don’t Throw an Outreach Event – Host One

  We spent a lot of time this holiday season hosting people in our home for various gatherings and events. Usually when we do this my main focus is on getting everything clean or preparing the food just right or planning the details of the activities that we will do together. When the guests finally… 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

Five Ways to Bless Volunteers at Christmas

Five Ways to Bless Volunteers at Christmas

Christmas is right around the corner and it’s time to prepare. Are you ready? Children’s Ministry thrives because of many reasons, not the least of which is our volunteers. A mark of any good Children’s Ministry leader is how we care for our volunteers. We must find ways to serve them and bless them throughout… Continue Reading

The #1 Way To Grow Your Children’s Ministry

The #1 Way To Grow Your Children’s Ministry

Growing your ministry is challenging. Often, we want a quick fix – the big event, or the big recruiting push, or…or…or. But quick fixes don’t work any more than a kid trying to be an adult simply by eating a big meal. What does work? The number one way to grow your ministry to reach any of your “big”… Continue Reading