Dr. Dan Reiland serves as Executive Pastor at 12Stone Church in Lawrenceville, Georgia. He previously partnered with John Maxwell for 20 years, first as Executive Pastor at Skyline Wesleyan Church in San Diego, then as Vice President of Leadership and Church Development at INJOY. He and Dr. Maxwell still enjoy partnering on a number of church related projects together.
It’s nearly impossible to overestimate the value of a vibrant children’s ministry in your church.
- Parents love their kids.
- God loves their kids.
- I’m confident you do too.
But the fact that you care about the kids that attend your church may not show in your children’s ministry.
Your church may have an inspiring vision, outstanding worship services, and strong outreach ministries, etc., but if you don’t have a vibrant children’s ministry, families may stop coming.
No need to panic, but when it comes to children’s ministry, there is a need for strong leadership and commitment to the next generation.
It’s not always easy, and you may not get thanked as much as you deserve, but please know what you do is incredibly important, and you are appreciated.
One volunteer said that several parents of preschoolers shared that their kids cry if they don’t get to come to children’s ministry that Sunday!
It’s never our goal for kids to cry under any circumstance, but that’s a pretty good sign you are doing something right within Kid’s ministry when the children want to be there that much!
Children’s ministry is a big job, and there is a lot too it, but if you focus on five core elements, you can build a world-class vibrant children’s ministry that will help you strengthen and grow your church.
Here are the five key elements of a vibrant children’s ministry:
1) Create a safe and attractive environment.
Few things trump the safety of children while they are under your supervision at church. If you don’t get this right, you don’t get to do anything else.
From check-in and security to a safe and clean physical environment, it’s essential that you do this well.
With a heart to serve, part of your responsibility is to gain the trust of the parents.
That starts with an environment that brings confidence to moms and dads when they drop their kids off, pick them up, and every minute while the kids are under your responsibility.
From clean flooring for the toddlers to enough volunteers to manage an appropriate span of care, a safe environment is the foundation.
Do you have a team member who checks on these kinds of things?