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

4 Ways To Help Parents Be The Spiritual Influence In Their Child’s Life

4 Ways To Help Parents Be The Spiritual Influence In Their Child’s Life

One of the biggest changes in children’s ministry is the transition from pouring into kids to partnering with parents. For a long time in children’s ministry we focused mainly on kids and guiding them on their faith journey. But we know that that’s rarely enough. Recently I attended a local cross-denominational connection event children’s ministry directors. I found that… 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

The Biggest Mistake a Children’s Ministry Leader Can Make

The Biggest Mistake a Children’s Ministry Leader Can Make

In children’s ministry, many leaders make a crucial mistake. A mistake that, if not corrected, can lead to ineffectiveness and burnout for the leader and their team. Here it is: Children’s ministry leaders see themselves primarily as managers, not leaders, of others. Leadership exists to inspire, motivate and influence others, while management exists to plan,… 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

5 Things I Learned Being Married To The Youth Pastor

5 Things I Learned Being Married To The Youth Pastor

My husband is also our church Youth Pastor. Have you ever set out to do something and along the way learned or discovered something that you didn’t expect?  If so, you’re in good company.  In fact, there are several inventions today that we have grown quite fond of that were actually discovered by accident like… Continue Reading

5 Ways Ministry Leaders Can Enjoy The Christmas Season

5 Ways Ministry Leaders Can Enjoy The Christmas Season

There are very few “down” times for children’s ministry leaders. Christmas certainly is not one of them for most of us! Besides the Christmas kids program, we usually are doing something special on the weekend before Christmas, managing a sparse volunteer team (usually with many fill-ins), and getting lots of “extras” prepped for our programs… 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

5 Ways To Lead Well During The Holidays

5 Ways To Lead Well During The Holidays

It’s hard to believe it, but Christmas is just around the corner (I’m pretty sure you realized that by now!). This can be a wonderful time of year . . . or it can be a complete nightmare. How do we, as ministry leaders, maximize the season and lead well? Here are 5 ideas: 1. Focus on people,… 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