The Children’s Ministry Leader’s Most Important Relationship

The Children’s Ministry Leader’s Most Important Relationship


A successful Children’s Ministry?leader builds relationships. They build healthy relationships with kids, with parents, with volunteers and with leaders. I’ve been saying for 20 years that ministry always happens best in the context?relationship…period!

And this is absolutely true! But that’s not where we’re going to start with this conversation. The most important relationship that a Children’s Ministry?leader builds – and the the one that often takes a beating in ministry – is their relationship with God.

The Children’s Ministry Leader’s Most Important Relationship

Ministry is hard and it can take it’s toll on a leader. I love what Ed Young calls it when he says “ministry is brutiful!” Demanding. Tiring. Thankless. Time-consuming. Frustrating. Draining. Just plain hard! ?And, oh yes, when you are in ministry leadership there seems to be a target on your back for the enemy to take aim at.

And just like that, we are going through the motions, seeking success in our own strength just like any other job. And, just like that, the depth of our relationship with God is replaced by the duty in our reality of ministry.

Don’t let it happen. As a leader it is incumbent on you to protect yourself from a broken relationship with the One who placed you in His service, above and beyond any duty you may perform in that service.

But how do you do that?

We all know the “doing” part of growing, don’t we? The challenge is doing them, because it is, in large part, the “doing” that produces the “being”. These are simple things?that sometimes become?oh, so hard.?

Read your Bible

Are you? ?Is it fresh and real to you? Are you in the Word every day for the sake of your relationship with God – not because you’re prepping a lesson?


Are you praying? No really, are you praying? Your weekly ministry should be an outflow of your time with God. ?As Oswald Chamber says: ?

“Prayer does not equip us for greater works, prayer is the greater work.”

Does your ministry reflect that sentiment?

Be in church?

Yes I know, you can’t make it in to the service. I’ve heard it before and I don’t buy it. ?Get yourself in and hear your pastor. No, not online or via CD during the week…get in the service…worship in community at least once or twice a month if you can’t make it every week. ?No…there is no excuse…make it happen because it’s that important. And don’t tell me your small group is where it happens…there are other reasons to be in church besides your personal relationship with God?(for more on that, check out this post:?Why Attending Church Services Needs To Be A Priority).

Take your time off

Too much to do and feel you need to work 6 or 7 days a week? Been there, done that…you’re lying to yourself. If that’s really the case, you need to sit down with your Senior Pastor and have a talk and perhaps adjust your workload. Choose to take your time for the sake of yourself, your family and your God. If you don’t, soon enough the choice will be made for you.?


You must find a way to have community. Much of it can be found within your Children’s Ministry team, and that’s fine, but I have found that having another place to fellowship – a small group, men’s or women’s group or just a personal group of friends, is very refreshing. It might also be a place where you can create accountability, which is also very important.

Focus on more than ministry

Your family needs you to be something more than a ministry. Your mind needs to think about something more than ministry. Your body needs you to do something other than run around the church. Your heart needs to feel something more than the highs and lows of serving people. What are you doing that helps you connect with God in ways other than what’s on your job description?

When you look at this list (and it’s only a partial list of what could be on here), you see that not everything is directly related to building a relationship with God. And that’s because it’s not just about reading the Bible and being on your knees. Your relationship with God is a “whole life” pursuit, and requires a commitment of time, energy, resources and focus.

Are you committed to building a healthy relationship with God??If I looked at how you spent your time last week,?would it be obvious?

As a ministry leader, how do you build your relationship with God?

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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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