18 Simple Rules about Children’s Ministry

18 simple rules about children's ministry

Here are a few reasonable rules we think should be implemented in every children’s ministry.

1. Any pastoral, staff or board decisions, requiring anything from the children’s ministry department and made without the presence of the Children’s Pastor, are rendered null and void.

2. The facilities/maintenance supervisor will not be permitted to give the Children’s Pastor mean looks in the hallway.

3. Silly expenditures–such as new choir robes, ski trips for the youth group, cute furniture in the foyer, etc.–will not be allowed to negatively impact the children’s ministry budget.

4. No matter how disruptive children’s church becomes during the adult service, ushers are not permitted to enter children’s church and “shush” while kids are singing.

5. Multiple church services will not be added without prior, written approval from the Children’s Pastor.

6. Children’s Pastors who work sixty hours per week will not be referred to as “part time” even though their pay is only half of what they deserve.

7. Parents who put their kids in the nursery, but never volunteer to work in the nursery, will be asked to find another church.

8. Food will not be permitted at any staff meetings conducted without the presence of the Children’s Pastor.

9. The adult service will not be referred to as the “main service.”

10. The names of children’s ministry workers who fail to show up without notifying the department director will be printed in the church bulletin the following week. Second offenses will result in a public reprimand by the Senior Pastor during the adult service on the following Sunday morning.

11. In the event that the adult service runs long, overtime pay for the Children’s Pastor will begin five minutes after the service was scheduled to conclude. No exceptions.

12. Money for construction of new facilities or renovation of existing facilities will not be allowed to negatively impact the children’s ministry budget.

13. Cranky church secretaries will not be allowed to cop an attitude with the Children’s Pastor regarding access to the Senior Pastor.

14. Neither the school principal nor any of the schoolteachers will be allowed to lock anything anywhere without the Children’s Pastor having a key.

15. The youth pastor is never allowed to use anything that even looks like it might possibly belong to the children’s ministry department.

16. Choir members will not be exempt from nursery duty.

17. The Senior Pastor’s kids will not be allowed to run amuck over the Children’s Pastor without severe and immediate consequences.

18. Immediately following VBS, the Children’s Pastor will receive four weeks off with pay.

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By |2017-03-07T18:11:20+00:00December 2nd, 2014|Ministry Articles|7 Comments


  1. Mark K. December 4, 2014 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    18 is probably not enough, but one that gets me is this. Maybe it is two.

    19. Just because there is a fellowship dinner just after service does not give anyone permission to come in and tear down the kids church area before their service is done in the “fellowship hall”

    So the rule is the kids service should have just as much courtesy afforded any other service where people are seeking God and entering into a time of worship.

    20. When the kids pastor is away on vacation is not a time to have the church storage cleaned out.. Happened to me twice and what looks like a $20 prop was really several hundred.

  2. Roger Fields December 4, 2014 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    LOL. Ya just gotta laugh at this stuff. It’s healthy!

  3. Mark K. December 5, 2014 at 9:13 am - Reply

    Ya, I gotta agree. Longevity means you’ve laughed a lot…..

  4. Majetta Morris December 5, 2014 at 11:34 am - Reply

    SO GOOD! How can this be sent to every senior pastor, staff, and board member everywhere?

  5. Nathan Bright December 8, 2014 at 11:00 am - Reply

    A great laugh. Fun times.

  6. Melissa D. December 9, 2014 at 10:18 am - Reply

    This it too funny. Oh, and I love Mary K.’s #19. I don’t know how many times that has happened to me.

  7. Crazy C March 10, 2015 at 10:45 am - Reply

    I would have to add
    # 21- A spending freeze applies to all departments except the children’s church dept.

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