The 4 C’s of Children’s Ministry Leadership – Part 4

Keith Tusing March 8, 2011 18

The 4 C’s of Children’s Ministry Leadership – Part 4 Children\s Ministry YouthCRITIQUE

Critique is to often seen as “a criticism or critical comment” when a truly valuable critique can actually mean to “review or analyze critically.” A critique that is done with the intent to encourage improvement is incredibly valuable to a team.  For any ministry to have long term impact and sustainability the leaders must continually be open to critique.

Now, this does not mean you must listen to every criticism that is aimed at your ministry.  It is really quite the opposite.  Once you have taken the steps lined out in the previous 3 C’s; Connect, Communicate, and Coach, you will be well on our way to being able to evaluate the difference between a critique and criticism. As long as you and your team are doing something valuable for the Kingdom you will be criticized. The key is to know when the criticism is justified and be ready to look at your ministry honestly.

What are some things that need to be regularly critiqued?

  1. Sunday Mornings services

Are they well produced?

Do kids enjoy attending?

Are families receiving the guidance they need?

  1. Special Events

Was the “why” clearly stated and communicated?

Was there a goal and did you reach it?

Did you do follow-up?

  1. Team members

Do you regularly observe classroom teaching?

Do you give helpful critique and coaching regularly?

Do your leaders make contacts outside Sunday morning?

  1. Children’s & Family Leader/Director/Pastor

Are you building real relationships with your team?

How is your time management?

Are you properly balancing your family and ministry?

Taking the time to do honest evaluation will make an amazing difference in the effectiveness of your ministry.  One of our goals must be to be open to regular critiques.  Then once we are made aware of where we need to improve create Action Steps to make the needed improvements.  Our team members, our families and ministry will benefit.

What other areas could we apply the principle of critique?  What is the toughest area in which to be honest about our performance?  Let me know what you think.


  1. Randy Christensen March 8, 2011 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    nice. Thanks for hitting this.

    It’s amazing to me how many children’s workers I have had that are intimidated by the thought of critique. I guess it’s hard for some folks to receive advice on improvement, because that automatically makes them think that they are not “up to snuff.” So, critique ultimately is taken as criticism. I’m trying to learn how to help these folks “with kid gloves on.” :O)

  2. ktusing March 8, 2011 at 11:26 pm - Reply

    Thanks for commenting. Yes, it can be very intimidating for some people to receive critique and we, as leaders, just need to be aware of that fact.  The way critique is delivered must be tailored to each individual.
    Looking Up,

  3. iTaylor May 3, 2011 at 4:35 am - Reply

    This is a great conversation! Just viewpoints

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