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?

(please share in comments below)

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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.


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