How To Have An AVERAGE Children’s Ministry

How To Have An AVERAGE Children’s Ministry

I’ve had the privilege of working with lots of churches to help them create healthy children’s ministry. Sometimes, at the beginning of the coaching/consulting/assessment process, I will ask them:

“Do you want to have an average children’s ministry?” 

I’ve gotten a “yes” only once, and that was in jest because she felt like her ministry was so bad that “average” sounded great! 🙂

We don’t want “average”! But so many children’s ministry leaders do things that keep their ministry “average”, at best. Here are a few of the ways I’ve seen that churches maintain “average” instead of healthy and excellent (in no particular order)…

How To Have An AVERAGE Children’s Ministry

  1. Recruit volunteers to a need rather than invite them to a vision.

  2. Plan from week to week instead of strategically.

  3. Fail to equip & engage parents, not recognizing that they are the primary spiritual influencers in a child’s life.

  4. Neglect equipping (teaching people to do better) and developing (helping people to be better) of leaders.

  5. Believe that bigger is always better and that numbers equate to effectiveness.

  6. Allow rogue volunteers to continue being…rogue.

  7. Dismiss the value of creating, maintaining and improving efficient systems.

  8. Focus on fun at the expense of teaching the Gospel and the rest of scripture.

  9. Fail to make teaching the Gospel and the rest of scripture fun.

  10. Forget that our ministry must flow from our own relationship with God, not become our relationship with Him.

  11. Do everything ourselves.

  12. Never share the stories of life change with other staff, especially the lead & executive pastors.

  13. Keep all our ministry inside the walls of the church.

  14. Put off taking our day off until next week…or maybe the week after that.

  15. Expect our families to be “Plan B” when volunteers don’t show up, or when we have a big event to plan, or when we need someone to run sound for kids church.

What would you add to our “average” list?

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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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