What Is Children’s Ministry?

What Is Children’s Ministry?

Have you ever stopped to answer the question: What is Children’s Ministry?

If you work in “children’s ministry”, you’ve probably got a pretty good idea of what it is, but have you noticed that those who don’t work on staff in children’s ministry have wildly different ideas of what it actually is? Even parents and volunteers sometimes actually don’t understand exactly what we’re trying to do.

As I work with churches around the country and interact with leaders at conferences, I find that sometimes even children’s pastors & directors have never actually stopped to define exactly what it is that they do.

So…what is “children’s ministry”?


Here’s how we define children’s ministry (or “KidMin” if you’d rather):

Partnering with parents to guide kids toward a HEART for God.?

There are three elements to this definition;

Partnering with parents

  • Parents are designed to be and usually are the primary influence in a child’s spiritual formation. Therefore…
  • If we are not intentionally partnering with them, then most of what we do is fairly irrelevant in the spiritual life of the child.
  • It doesn’t matter what model you gravitate toward (traditional children’s ministry, Orange, D6 . . . whatever) children’s ministry?is?family ministry; family ministry?is?children’s ministry. And we can forge effective partnerships in any model. The best model is more about the environment and leadership of your church.

To Guide Kids

  • In the end, both parents and those of us in the church are guides. Of course, we need to do all we can to influence children in their faith – and what we do (or don’t do) most definitely influences them – but all of us have a free will to choose, and one day all of us do.

Toward A HEART For God

  • Ultimately, spiritual formation is about the heart. This is why:
    • It is mentioned hundreds of times times and in many different contexts throughout scripture (it’s a great study to do for your devotions -?here’s a list?of everywhere it’s mentioned)
    • We are told: “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.’ Proverbs 4:23
    • The “heart” (in scripture) generally encompasses our thinking, our will and our emotions.
  • We want the hearts of our kids to lean toward God in all areas of their life so that everything they do is influenced “toward God”.

You may have noticed that HEART is capitalized in our definition. That is because there are 5 areas we can focus on (H.E.A.R.T.) to help us?“guide kids toward a HEART for God”?in partnership with parents.?Here are links to these posts:

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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.

2 Responses to What Is Children’s Ministry?

  1. This is a great outline for understanding the foundation of a children’s ministry! Thank you for sharing.

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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.

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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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