Today we want to equip you
with some simple, practical ways to turbocharge your ministry.
We've gathered some great advice from children's ministry leaders
who've spent years in the trenches, and cut it up into bite-size
pieces of info that you can start using today! Here are 10 ways to
ensure your ministry is a success.
- A Smooth Transition. Ensure new families feel
comfortable as they enter your ministry. Prepare welcome packets
that include a welcome letter, sample lessons, sign-up forms, and
other important info. And have a time where staff and families can
get together and hang out before a service so everyone can get
- The 3 R's. Renew your spiritual batteries by
staying connected to Jesus. Read about leadership, children's
ministry, and cultural issues. And reach…go to conferences and
connect with other ministry leaders online to get fresh
- Engage Your Kids. By keeping your kids
engaged, you can solve a lot of your discipline challenges. Keep
your material age-appropriate and short enough to stay within kids'
attention spans. And use different styles of learning to keep kids
on their toes.
- Write Notes. A simple but meaningful way to
reach out is to write notes. Even short notes can still carry the
love of Jesus. Write notes to your kids and to your team of
volunteers…they need love, too!
- Summer Daze. For ministries, summer can be
tough. But, if done right, summer can bring a record number of kids
into your ministry. Set up service trips or programs, do a summer
series on something unique, go from a small-group format to a
large-group format (so kids can get to know their new classmates),
and don't forget to make sure you and your team take vacation as
- Reach Out for Male Volunteers. It's time we
challenge more men to step up and get involved in children's
ministry. Make an intentional effort to enlist men, and ask them to
lead your boys' groups.
- Partner With Spiritual Leaders. Remember that
parents are called to be their children's spiritual leaders. Be on
the lookout for ways to partner with them in their children's
- Know Your Season. As Ecclesiastes says, "For
everything there is a season…" Know what season you're in. It could
be a time for planting; maybe it's a time for pruning; or maybe
it's a time to celebrate the harvest.
- Do Background Checks. Consider the fact that 1
out of every 10 adults who try to volunteer with kids has a
criminal history. Make sure your ministry is protected with
programs like Shepherd's
- Hold Meetings. Staff meetings are a must.
Figure out the best time for everyone, plan ahead so you don't
waste their time, include time for prayer and team-building, and
review what works and what isn't working. It will make a world of
If you liked these ideas, you'll love
100 Best Ideas to Turbocharge Your Children's Ministry and
Preschool Ministry. These 100 sure-fire "how to's" were
developed by children's ministry leaders who've spent years
fine-tuning the strategies that bring real success. You'll be ready
to fuel your children's and preschool ministries to do great things
What tips would you share with others to ensure their ministry is
a success? Share with us using the comment section below!