No other ministry besides children’s ministry requires as many strong workers.
Children’s ministry lives or dies based on the strength of your team of workers.
It takes people, lots of people, lots of strong people to run a first-class children’s ministry.
Here are the ingredients.
1. RECRUIT TALENT
Go after people who have the abilities you need.
Don’t be content to pick the low hanging fruit of people who simply want to help you.
Recruit the best people in your church you can get.
Recruit like you believe in what you are doing. “You have not because you ask not.”
Don’t fall into the trap of making blanket announcements begging for volunteers.
Identify the people you want and go get them.
2. COMMUNICATE VISION
Talk about where you see your ministry going.
Be positive. Talk about where you see things heading.
Paint a picture of the future. Make sure your team knows you are going someplace.
3. ENCOURAGE FEEDBACK
Make sure your workers know you CRAVE their ideas, observations and concerns.
Nothing frustrates workers more than feeling like their input is being devalued.
You don’t have to agree with everything they say. You won’t.
But listen and listen closely to what they are saying.
4. CLARIFY EXPECTATIONS
Make sure they know what you expect. Put it in writing. Clarify continually.
5. HAVE FUN
Get together. Feed them. Have parties. Celebrate victories.
Hold worker contests and let them win prizes.
If they are having fun, the kids are more likely to have fun.
Make kidmin the most fun ministry in your church to serve.
6. PROVIDE REASONS
Never appear arbitrary. If you introduce a new policy, explain why.
Your workers will not buy into your leadership unless they understand why you do what you do.
Never make pronouncements from on high that make no sense to your workers.
7. GUIDE SPIRITUALLY
Flash: it’s not all about your ministry.
It’s also about how your workers are growing spiritually.
Ask them what Jesus is currently doing in their lives. Pray with them. Be authentic.
Share what God is doing in your life.
Don’t let the success or failure of your ministry swallow up the lives of your workers.
Make them a priority. Be a spiritual blessing to them.
There is nothing cooler than a quality children’s ministry team serving the Lord and kicking the devil’s butt.