As Children’s & Family Minister leaders, we have lots of responsibilities. Since I believe that children’s ministry is one of the most challenging & complex ministries in the church, those responsibilities cover a vast array of areas, often completely unrelated.
We could say that our responsibilities include:
- Recruiting volunteers for all the things that need to get done;
- Knowing legal responsibilities for keeping kids safe;
- Managing multiple environments & resources;
- Keeping up with curriculum needs;
- Creating events that engage kids;
- Any number of other details & responsibilities in any number of areas.
All of these things are important – critical even – but the Bible give a one sentence job description church leaders (that would include children’s/family pastors/directors). Amidst the details of our ministries, we often forget this primary responsibility or, at best, allow it to be pushed behind all the “urgent” tasks that need to be done.
What is that job description? It’s found in
Ephesians 4:12 –
Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. (see the full context of the passage here)
That’s it. That’s your primary responsibility. If you are not doing this, then you are not doing your job as children’s/family pastor/director.
What does it mean to “equip God’s people”? How do you do that?
There are many, many ways:
- Through one-on-one conversations to encourage a team member in a particular area;
- Through evaluation & feedback;
- Through a personal note of encouragement that includes a subtle tip on leading effectively;
- Through formal training sessions;
- Through your monthly newsletter;
- Through attendance at conferences & seminars;
- Through encouraging senior leadership to address your team;
- Through equipping parents to disciple children at home;
- Give us more ideas on how you do it in our comments below . . .
The key is to make & keep this as your primary focus. It’s easy to lose this focus because there are so many things to get done. Ironically, when we equip others to do the work of the ministry, all those things do get done…by those you’ve equipped to do them!