Children’s Ministry Is Not That Hard

Children’s Ministry Is Not That Hard

easyA few days?ago I?posted an article?called?Why Is Children’s Ministry So Hard.

I talked about why Children’s Ministry?is, in my opinion, the most complex ministry of the church. ?For these reasons it is a very difficult ministry to lead. ?It’s one of the reasons why?leadership matters in Children’s Ministry.

But there’s another side of the page. This says that, in reality, Children’s Ministry is fairly simple and straightforward. ?It’s not that hard. ?I’ve come to this conclusion with my own experience serving in many different environments and working with hundreds of churches around the country (around the world, in fact).

With all the complexity, KidMin really comes down to pursuing three initiatives. ?Those three initiatives are:

1. Engage children for life change (spiritual formation).

In the end, what we are doing at church is all about discipling children, right? We want them to grow spiritually, which necessarily means changing. But that’s not going to happen if we don’t engage them.

2. Develop leaders to build relationships & invest in families.

We say it over and over again here on this blog:?Ministry always happens best in the context of relationships!?This idea, plus the idea that our number 1 job as ministry leaders is to equip and develop other leaders, is central to being successful at what we are trying to accomplish. Yet so often we allow our focus to be diverted to less important “busy work”. We also teach our team to do this by NOT equipping them to build relationships.

3. Equip parents to disciple their children in the home.

The bottom line, whether we want to admit it or not, is that those of us who serve in Children’s Ministry are secondary in the spiritual lives of kids. It’s their parents who matter most in this area, period. So why don’t many of us equip parents to invest in their children spiritually? Studies show that most parents believe it is their responsibility, but many just don’t know how. So what’s your plan for doing this?

Yes,?Children’s Ministry is hard. It’s complex, demanding and exhausting. But, in the end, it’s pretty simple. It’s just that we allow ourselves to get distracted by the complexity instead of focusing on the real vision.

There is no denying that each of these can be daunting tasks. ?They are all complex initiatives. ?But sometimes we lose track of the bottom line. ?Sometimes we fill our agenda with our to-do list instead of our purpose.

Sometimes, whittling it down to what we are really all about makes things a whole lot easier.

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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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