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Recruiting for Successful Ministry

Rick Chromey

WHEN THERE'S NOBODY LEFT TO ASK

It's not a pretty sight: You've got a class but no teacher. You've called everyone in the church directory and no one will help. What do you do? Here are a few possibilities.

Rotate parents. Parents of the children in the class have the most at stake, so rotate them in to teach or help. This is less than ideal because children learn better when their classroom experience is stable.

Find someone who will team-teach with a teenager. This is an especially good option for younger children. Make sure the adolescent is responsible and spiritually mature.

Rearrange the classes. If you can't find a teacher for your third- and fourth-graders, try moving the third-graders in with the younger grades and the fourth-graders in with the older grades. This is often an acceptable solution unless your classes are already large.

Shut down the class. It's a last-ditch option, but it's sometimes necessary. Notify the church at least three weeks ahead of time to make sure everyone gets word. Announcing the closing of a class will almost always produce a teacher, though he or she may be motivated by guilt. Give such a volunteer extra help and encouragement.

Excerpted from Children's Ministry Magazine. 

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