PART 2: WHERE TO BEGIN…
- Your Ministry Team—Leaders, Teachers, Assistants, Actors & More
Who is in agreement with the plan and can assist you in carrying it out? You must begin by building a team that is willing to grow and change who respect and support your leadership. Next, model or demonstrate the level of excellence you want carried out in your ministry. Train leaders “on the job” as they assist you. Delegate responsibility and leadership as people show themselves FAITHFUL and SKILLFUL.
Build your ministry with people who display godly character. Be careful not to exalt or promote people who are talented but unfaithful. God increases and even multiplies the talents and abilities of the faithful, diligent, committed person who has a servant’s heart! (Matthew 25:14-29)
- Your Commitment is Showing!
Demonstrate the same type of commitment and preparation that you expect and respect of your pastor to those who carry the responsibility of the children’s ministry with you. Kids deserve God’s best and so does your ministry team!
- Out With the Old…
Remove the rotation mentality from your ministry! As adults, we would not attend a church that had a different pastor every week or every month. Likewise, children need long-term teachers to help develop spiritual traits into their lives through repetition and consistency. Training requires more than teaching a lesson. Training involves “practice” or “drill”. Reverence, worship, prayer, giving and many other important subjects are developed week by week. Sadly, when teachers and ministry teams change every month or every week, many important subjects “fall through the cracks.”
- Team Work Counts!
“Team teaching” provides the audience with breaks in voices, personalities and approach. Team members are more likely to develop in specialized skills such as drama, story-telling, puppetry, praise and worship, organization or ushering. The result is excellence, variety, excitement and spontaneity in every service as the ministry team develops!
Meet with your ministry team after every service briefly to review their performance. Correct problems immediately. Provide solutions. Praise improvement and effort. Give suggestions. Use phrases such as “we need to work on this…” rather than “you messed up…” Additionally, team members should be encouraged to discuss concerns and questions, pray for each other and their students and plan for the following week. (This makes planning easier and more effective while everyone is present to communicate. It also prevents last minute delegation! Everyone has a week to prepare.
- Places Everyone!
People want to be part of something that is effective and fruitful. Expand your vision to involve more people in children’s ministry who may not be able to make a long-term weekly commitment in a classroom. You may find people who are more capable of preparing excellent dramas than you are yourself! Others who are not “spread so thin” may be able to devote more time to organization. You’d be surprised about who has artistic ability for sets and props and there’s probably a wealth of experienced seamstresses who would gladly volunteer their services for costumes. Allow people to use their talents for the Lord and be involved in special projects. You can even find people who will greet before services or run prize give-away counters after service. The Holy Spirit working through you will draw people to work with you.
Develop job titles and descriptions so that people can find their place. Jobs that are not evident during church time such as costume and prop makers, set builders and storage organizers need to be emphasized. Other important roles include sound and lighting technicians, ushers, greeters, actors, puppeteers and praise and worship leaders.