As I discuss the idea of building an Effective Children’s Ministry in a consulting situation I thought I would share the approach we are taking. First, we must recognize that the success of building and launching a new Children’s Ministry paradigm within an existing church will greatly depend on our ability to implement the vision through a team.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18). “Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets, that the one who reads it may run” (Habakkuk 2:2, NASB).
Building an effective children’s ministry team begins with vision. Everyone desires to be part of something bigger than themselves. Our first step should be to pray and ask God for a vision so large that we cannot accomplish it alone or without Him! The #1 Question we must ask is: What do we want to see happen in our children’s ministry?
COMMUNICATE the Vision
Once we know the Vision and can put it into words use every available method to communicate the vision publicly. The pulpit, email, signage, snail-mail, every possible avenue.
RECRUITING a Key to Success
“We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word” (Acts 6:3,4, NIV).
Next, pray for God to place the spiritual needs of our children on the hearts of our adults. Pray for the team that God’s is calling. We do not just want to fill needs with bodies; we want people who understand our vision and have a heart for children. Building a team is more than simply dumping responsibility onto someone else. It is giving the team our heart and investing in their success.
While everyone needs to hear the vision and know the direction we are going within the ministry not everyone is cut out for Children’s Ministry. Be an observer of people, be involved in the life of the church, get to know people. Identify those who have a heart for children and personally invite them to be a part of team.
RECRUIT with a Plan
Create a list of every position that is needed to fulfill the vision. Develop job descriptions for each ministry position. Job descriptions communicate to our volunteers that we have put thought into the positions we are asking them to fill, and job descriptions enable our leaders to minister with greater confidence and direction.
RETAIN Great Leaders
“I thank my God every time I remember you” (Philippians 1:3, NIV). “Teach them the decrees and the laws, and show them the way to live and the duties they are to perform” (Exodus 18:20, NIV).
After we have rallied people around your vision, retaining them is paramount. The more consistent our leadership team, the more effective we will be in ministering to our children and families. Retaining our volunteers involves two important areas: appreciation and training. Communicating appreciation demonstrates how we value individual contribution. Providing training is also a key to a building a happy, productive and contented team. Training is essential to the long-term growth of our children’s ministry. Create a training schedule and communicate the value and necessity for every volunteer to participate in the training.
Building an effective children’s ministry team is critical for any church that desires to reach this generation for Christ. Our Children’s Ministry Team can be built with creativity, communication and commitment. By using these principles, we can build a children’s ministry team that will effectively reach and teach our kids to know, love and follow God.