Leadership Matters In Children’s Ministry

Leadership Matters In Children’s Ministry

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This is the 4th post in a series of posts about critical leadership lessons I?ve learned as a Children?s Pastor. These lessons are in no particular order, but you can see the previous three here:

Critical Children’s Ministry Leadership Lesson #4:

“Everything rises & falls on leadership.” John Maxwell

I learned this from my days serving as Children’s Pastor for John Maxwell. Actually, ?if I were honest, I’d have to admit that I really only learned it as head-knowledge way back then. It’s been through 25 years of seeing it played out in experience that I’ve actually?learned?this truth.

And it IS absolutely true! Another way of putting it is like this:

“Your ministry will only rise to the level that you and your leaders can take it.”

(I am assuming that we are NOT taking God out of the picture – of course the movement of God is the primary force in anything we do and a growing relationship with Him is central, but He typically moves?through leaders).

This is true in any situation, regardless of size, location, culture, structure or any other factor. Leadership matters.

And if this is true, then what is?the single most important thing?you can focus on in your ministry? Developing leadership – in yourself and in your team.

  • What is your plan for personal leadership growth?
  • What are you doing to develop leaders around you?

Remember that leadership growth does not happen in a day, but rather it happens daily. Everyday there needs to be an investment in personal and corporate leadership growth. And if you grow yourself and your team as leaders, you will grow your ministry. Plain and simple, I’ve never seen any other result from true leadership growth. How are you doing that?

Need some help? I would recommend you start by reading two of John Maxwell’s earliest books, which are still two of the best, most practical books on this topic:

This entire blog is about leading well, so be sure to explore and find additional articles about this critical area of your ministry.

?What have you learned about leadership in your 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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