Helpful disciplinary tips for teachers that’ll help
increase joy and effectiveness in the
You love God and children. You feel called to
teach and be enthusiastic about the year ahead. But now you find
yourself faced with disruptive children. You don’t want to give up;
you’re just frustrated beyond belief.
This probably sounds familiar. Most children’s ministry teachers
or volunteers have the passion and the right attitude, but
relatively few are equipped for when the “little angels” behave
less than angelically.
Unfortunately, that leaves many formerly upbeat teachers ready
to throw in the towel.
How can you prevent discipline problems from diminishing your
effectiveness and joy? Here’s a bounty of practical pointers from
my 40 years in children’s ministry.
1. RELY ON GOD
Ground your discipline strategy in God’s Word. Hebrews 12:11 says, “No discipline is
enjoyable while it is happening-it’s painful! But afterward there
will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are
trained in this way.” Children usually don’t view discipline as
training in right living, though. They often interpret strictness
as meanness. Although the former is okay, the latter is never