We’re 3 Teachers Short, And Classes Begin Next Week. What Do I Do?


Pray. Continue to ask God to supply the
volunteers you need. It’s God’s ministry, and ultimately he does
the work.

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Spread the word. Talk to your pastor and other
church leaders about people who might be interested and able to
volunteer in children’s ministry. They may know of some likely
candidates you are unaware of.

Stopgap measures. You may have to put some short-term measures
into effect. For example, you might ask a parent to teach the class
for a month. This gives you a little more time to find a permanent
teacher. Be sure, though, to live up to your end of the bargain. If
you have not found a permanent teacher when the month is up, let
the substitute teacher step away from the responsibility unless he
or she wants to stay on.

Rethink your plan. If you continue to have
trouble finding volunteers for these positions, you may need to
rethink the way you group your children’s classes. Can some classes
be grouped together temporarily? Can you reconfigure the way you
group the age levels? Try to look at the problem in different ways.
By viewing it only as a volunteer staffing problem, you are only
looking for one solution: more volunteers. By looking for creative
solutions, you might come up with an idea that could revolutionize
your ministry.

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