5 Ways to Involve Men in Your Kidmin


Good news! From 1985 to 2000, fathers doubled the time they
spend caring for their children–from 3 to 6.5 hours, according to
the Pew Research Center.

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It’s a great time to grab hold of that involvement by recruiting
men in your ministry. Here are five of the best tips we’ve
published in Children’s Ministry Magazine that’ll help you “beef
up” your team.

1. Intentionally recruit men. Since it’s often
easier to get women to join our team, we may overlook some great
men who’d say yes if we only asked.

2. Focus on the positive. No man wants to join
a “whiny” team or sinking ship. So don’t focus on what’s wrong.
Instead, celebrate how amazing your team is and what God is

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3. Pair new male volunteers with male mentors.
Guys like learning from other guys.

4. Recruit guys to male-like roles. Most guys
would probably rather lead games than crafts. There are exceptions
but for the most part, don’t recruit guys for traditional female

5. Man up your ministry. If your annual
volunteer appreciation event is a tea, you’re not attracting men.
Take a look at your visuals, colors, themes, decor. Is it more
attractive to women or men? Ask guys in your ministry how you can
make your ministry more masculine–or at least gender-neutral.

Here are more great ideas for recruiting men from Gordon
West (the man himself!).

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About Author

Christine Yount Jones

Christine has more than 27 years of children’s ministry experience. She is the Executive Editor of Children’s Ministry Magazine, has authored many books and articles on children’s ministry, and serves as co-director of the KidMin Conference. She’s led teams in the development of leading innovative resources, including Group's Instant Christmas Play, Buzz Instant Sunday School curriculum, Grapple Preteen Curriculum, and the new Dig-In Sunday School curriculum. Follow Christine on Twitter @ChristineYJones

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