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

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If you’re new to a children’s ministry role, check out these 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.


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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.

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.

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 article 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 difference.

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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! 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!

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  1. Stephanie Latta on

    I would appreciate your prayers! I’m really new to children’s ministry (today was my first real Sunday School class!) I’m super excited to see what God has planned for our kids and me as we go along this journey!

    • Children's Ministry Magazine on

      We’re so excited for you, Stephanie! We pray God’s blessing over your ministry, and that He will provide wisdom and guidance as you begin to lead these children. Let us know how it goes!

  2. Tirsa Priscilla on

    Hello. I am Tirsa from Indonesia. It is my first time to be a leader of children’s ministry after finish my study in theology. It is hard to me since my team is older and more experienced than me.

    • Children's Ministry Magazine on

      Hi Tirsa, We will be praying that God will give you the strength, guidance and confidence as you embark on this new chapter in life. He will be with you every step of the way!

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