Finding Help in Smaller Churches


When he saw the crowds, he felt sorry for them because they were hurting and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Jesus said to his followers, ‘There are many people to harvest but only a few workers to help harvest them’”

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(Matthew 9:36-37).

The primary frustrations among smaller-church children’s ministry coordinators are finding, training, and motivating volunteers. Finding the right volunteers can be tough. Those who are willing aren’t always skilled. And it seems as if those who would really shine in ministry often say no. The phrase most frustrating to those in children’s ministry may be “Get someone else.”

We need to remember that it’s not always easy to be a volunteer. Many people sincerely feel ill-equipped for leading children. This chapter will explore creative solutions to the problem of staffing children’s programs in smaller churches.

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