Be Committed to Children’s Ministry – It seems that many people view Children’s & Youth ministry as a “stepping stone” ministry. To be completely honest this is one of my Top Ten pet peeves. Vibrant, growing Children’s ministry is led by men and women who see it as their calling.
Communicate – Communicate – Communicate – Communicate to kids. Communicate to parents. Communicate to the church body.
Focus on the Family – I know, we love to teach, serve and interact with kids. For our ministry to be it’s best and our influence to be its best we must reach the entire family. Provide ministry that serves and benefits the whole family. Provide opportunities for families to serve together.
Give Away Ministry – We can’t do it all. Build a team and only do what you do best. We must recruit to fill gaps in our own abilities. Strong teams are made up of a variety of personalities, gifts and talents.
Have a Big Picture View – While Children’s and Youth Ministry are vital to the success of any church we must recognize and validate the other ministries of the church. Be a team player. Offer to assist in other ministries whenever possible. Share your best and brightest team members with other ministries.
Be a Learner – After 20+ years of ministry I am still learning how to be a better leader, teacher and servant. If we ever reach a point where we feel like we know it all, it’s time to step out of ministry.
Honestly Evaluate – Be sure to commit to reviewing and evaluating each class, activity, and event. Continually strive for improvement in each area of ministry. Complacency is a ministry killer.
Renew Your Commitment – Remember what drew you to ministry in the first place. Record your thoughts, hopes and dreams for your ministry. Place these reminders in a prominent place that you will view often.
Look Toward the Future – In Children’s Ministry we are often planting seeds that will not fully bloom until years down the road. Don’t be discouraged if you do not see immediate results. Know that you are aiming at a distant target. “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
LOVE Your Family – This must be our first priority. Ministry can be daunting and completely draining. We must be intentional about giving our family the best of us. We must make time to be with and love our family if we want to succeed in ministry for the long haul.