5 Must-Do’s for New Children’s Ministry Leaders


When I was first hired as a part-time children’s ministry leader, I had no formal experience. Sure, I’d volunteered for Sunday school and helped out during VBS, but when I stepped up to being a children’s ministry director, I found that it was a totally different experience.

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Maybe your experience is like mine and you are just starting your journey as a children’s ministry leader, or
maybe you’ve been thrown into the job unexpectedly. Whatever the case, here are some must-do’s to help you get on the right track to success.


1. Pick out a curriculum-Around 1 in 5 churches write their own children’s ministry curriculum, and for a long time I was included in that group. Freelance writer Valerie Van Kooten wrote  an interesting article about the cons to writing your own materials. While every situation is different, many find that the challenge to prepare and test lessons beforehand can be extremely draining. Check out  this guide to help you find the right curriculum for you.

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2. Recruit a team-You’re only as good as your team, so here are some quick tips for volunteers. When you recruit, do it one-on-one; mass announcements won’t help. Find jobs that fit your volunteers-don’t force them into something they’re not made for. And finally, don’t forget to train them. Check out  this article for more tips from those in the trenches.

3. Safety first-As you build your team, screen incoming volunteers. I’ve heard some people say that doing background checks is extreme, but when you consider that nearly 1 out of 10 people who volunteer to work with kids has a criminal conviction on their record, background checks are essential. Don’t worry, it’s super easy to do checks like these with programs like Shepherd’s Watch.

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4. Set a budget-If you never experienced a leadership role in children’s ministry, the budget might be the last thing on your mind. But budgeting is an important part of being a good steward of your church’s funds. This
will help you learn the in’s and out’s of setting a budget for your ministry. Not only will you be financially
responsible, it will help you discover what your ministry’s goals really are.

5. Make a plan and work it-During her second interview for a children’s ministry director job, Lois Lindberg had a moment of panic. She was overwhelmed when saw binders and binders kids’ registration forms. But she got the job, and with good planning she flourished. Read her story here and find out why planning can make all the


So there you are, five tips to help you succeed in your new role as a ministry leader. And make sure to
check out the latest issue of Children’s Ministry Magazine, where we talk about the biggest time wasters for children’s ministry leaders. It’s really surprising what these experts say!

If you’re just starting out in children’s ministry, as a leader or a volunteer, let us know! We’d love to pray for you and your new adventure in ministry! Share with us using the comment section below![corner-ad id=1]

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About Author

David Jennings

David has served kids around the world for the majority of his life. From Texas to Romania, he has followed where God has led him. Most recently, he served for six years as a children's director in the great state of Alabama before moving to Colorado to work for Group as an associate editor.

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