Last month I asked if your children’s ministry volunteers were “invisible”: I said, “Are your children’s ministry volunteers “invisible”? By this I mean, in the eyes of the rest of your church, are they invisible? Do the people in your church know who they are? Do the people in your church know what they do? Do the people in your church understand how your children’s ministry volunteers actually serve them? In far too many churches the children’s ministry volunteers are “invisible”. People do not know who they are or what they do.” I then shared some of the problems we experience when our volunteers are “invisible”, so today I want to share a few ideas of ways to help your children’s ministry volunteers be “visible”!
- Have a “teacher of the month” and introduce them to your church – have your elders pray for them and allow them to share about what they enjoy the most as they serve in the children’s ministry and why they are serving.
- Each month include a “table tent” in your bulletin and ask families to put it on their table so as they have family meals all month they are able to pray for the volunteers featured on the table tent and for the children’s ministry! You’ll have three sides to your “table tent” so consider putting a photo of the teacher of the month – or teaching team – on one side along with some info – name, age they are teaching and something fun about them! Then on another side put the scope and sequence for the month . . . what this teacher will be “teaching”! On the third side put information about the class – age of children, number of children, etc.
- Have a teacher of the month bulletin board and allow the class this teacher serves in to decorate it in a way which shows what their class is all about – what they are learning, any service projects they have worked on or are working on, who is in the class and what they appreciate the most about their teacher! Have a “pouch” with post cards church members can take and write a note to encourage the teacher then mail throughout the month!
These are just a few ideas to help you “make your children’s ministry volunteers visible! What do you do to make your volunteers “visible”?