How To Create A Winning Team Culture In Children’s Ministry

How To Create A Winning Team Culture In Children’s Ministry

team cultureHaving a quality team is essential to effective Children’s Ministry. You can’t do it alone! We’ve talked about this in recent posts, including:

One of the most important elements to having a quality team is the culture in which they serve. Creating a winning culture is vital to success.

Here are 4 ways to create that winning culture in Children’s Ministry:?

1. Expect excellence

The culture of your team will be shaped by the expectations that leadership?sets for them.

One of the most important expectations is the expectation of excellence. This should be an expectation for not only the work they do, but also for the attitude they maintain, the words they say, and the relationships they develop.

Together, this lays the foundation for a culture of winning.

2. Evaluate often.?

By evaluate, I mean always keep an eye on things. Yes, this applies to the quality of teaching, the condition of facilities and the engagement with kids.?It also applies to keeping an eye on the people who serve.

  • Are they doing good work? If not, why not? What equipping needs to be done in order to raise the bar?
  • Are they maintaining a good attitude? If not, why not? What needs to happen for that to change?
  • Are they building quality relationships? If not, why not? What can be done to facilitate and nurture those relationships among the team?

These and other questions like them need to be asked often. You need to keep an eye on the things that affect the culture of your team.

3. Empower as soon as possible.?

Responsibility boosts confidence. And confidence boosts culture.

As you invite and equip new team members, empower them (which means trust them!) to do the job as soon as possible. Whatever level of responsibility they are capable of (a high schooler is going to be different than an experienced teacher) empower them for that responsibility as soon as you can. This requires a systematic process that you need to have in place for your team.

4. Encourage always.?

As the leader, your attitude largely determines the attitude of your team. Be their #1 cheerleader! Encourage them. Equip them. And encourage them some more.

As you set the tone in this area and your team grows together through relationships, you might be surprised at how a culture of encouragement develops among your team.

What have you learned about creating a winning team culture in Children’s Ministry?
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Greg Baird
Founder of Children's Ministry Leader at Children's Ministry Leader
My passion is seeing the lives of children transformed. I believe the best way to do that is to equip leaders in the local church to serve children, volunteers and parents to invest in the lives of children at church and in the home. That?s what we do here at Children?s Ministry Leader ? equip leaders to create healthy Children?s & Family Ministry.
I serve as the Vice President of Global Resources in the Global Mission department at David C. Cook.

I love what I do as it is the outflow of 25 years of ministry experience as Children?s, Family & Administrative Pastor, consultant, trainer, speaker and short-term missions leader.

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Stop begging trying to fill the needs in your ministry! IF people respond, it will likely be only short term. Obligatory service doesn’t inspire people to stick around.

Instead, understand the grand vision we are pursuing by investing in children’s lives for eternity!

Practice articulating that vision and start sharing it in every conversation. It’s a privilege and honor to be part of such important service, so INVITE people into that opportunity.

And, of course, never forget the foundation for building our team, found in Luke 10:2: “These were his [Jesus’] instructions to them: ‘The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.’”


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As the kids run to their waiting parents after church on Sunday morning, is that where the impact ends?

Or does the conversation continue at home throughout the week?

Hopefully the answer is the latter. If it’s not, it’s probably because we aren’t engaging and equipping parents to continue the conversation.

And that’s a problem.

Parents are the primary spiritual investors in a child’s life. Good or bad, this is almost always true.

As Children’s Ministry Leaders, our primary role ought to be to “equip God’s people” (Ephesians 4:12). In our case, I believe that means equip our team to invest in the children of our ministry, and to equip the parents of those children to continue the conversations at home.

If you aren’t engaging & equipping parents to continue the conversations that begin at church, then your ministry is incomplete.

If you are engaging and equipping parents, share an example in the comments of how you do that so the rest of us can learn from you.





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We always hear that children and youth are the church of tomorrow.

Yes, they are.

But they are also part of the church of today.

They are the group most receptive to the Gospel. They are the group most responsive to discipleship.

They also typically represent the largest group in the church, and the one with the most peripheral impact (volunteers, parents, etc).

They are the most vulnerable, physically, spiritually, emotionally and mentally.

Why on earth would we ever think we could “babysit” this group while “real ministry” happens with adults?

The truth is, many (most?) churches are not as healthy or strong as they could be because they lack a thriving focus on perhaps the very group that should receive the greatest focus.

You cannot have a healthy church without a healthy ministry to children and families.

Agree?






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