Thursday, August 25, 2016

Make a Real and Lasting Difference in Your Children's Ministry

absolutely am convinced if we in the church focused on engaging, equipping and encouraging grandparents to pass on a heritage of faith, we would see the impact on the children and families in our ministry.

Think about it for a minute. If the average child in your ministry is only at your church every other week on Sundays (as most are), then this means they are only receiving your programming; your ministry, for about three hours a month. Times this by twelve months and you have the average child in your ministry for 36 hours a year. Yes, a YEAR!!!

While those 36 hours can make a difference, they clearly pale in comparison to the number of hours children are being influenced by other things and other people in a year. Even if a child is at your church every Sunday morning and every Wednesday night, this still only adds up to about three hours a week which adds up to 156 hours a year. Better than 36 hours by far, but still out of a year is only just 156 hours.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Engage the Family - All of Them!

If you are serving in the Children's Ministry in your church, it is obvious you are working with children. However; children are not the only people we work with. We also have to work with the family if we are going to be effective.
When you think about the "family" of children, it is obvious you are talking about parents . . . they are, after all, the people with the greatest potential to influence children. However; the parents are not the only people we need to think of and work with. Grandparents are the people who have the second greatest potential to influence children and we need to include them in whatever we do to engage and equip parents.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Take Time to Be Thankful . . . Say & Show It!

Yes, when it comes to Children's Ministry there are many things we pray about, many things we ask of others and many things we receive; all of which we can be thankful, but how often do we take time to express our thankfulness? While it is important for our ministries to be ones where we are quick to pray, they also need to be ones characterized by a spirit of genuine thankfulness as well. consider the following . . . 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Take Time to Find . . . New Volunteers!

Recruiting. A word which often "chills" Children's Ministry directors to their core! It can seem like a never-ending task and can lead to much stress, as well as to a high turn-over in Children's Ministry leaders/directors/pastors. 

It is a fact of Children's Ministry, you need volunteers. Period. It is also a fact it can be difficult and challenging to find enough volunteers - especially those who are willing to serve more than just one week a month.

So, what do you do? How do you find the volunteers you need? Consider the following . . .

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Take Time to Keep . . . The Volunteers You Have!

When it comes to recruiting, your ministry will benefit the most, and be the strongest, when you keep the volunteers you have. When you have volunteers who serve long-term, your ministry - and the children, families and volunteers, all benefit in the following ways . . .  

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Take Time to - Ask!

Okay, you've spent time praying, thinking about how to end the volunteer revolving door, listening, evaluating, and more time praying. Now you are ready to think about recruiting. While there is no shortage of things to consider when you think about recruiting, there is one essential thing for you to focus upon . . . it is not up to you to "get" people to volunteer. Please let me say this again; it is not up to you to "get" people to volunteer.

When you think it is up to you to "get" people to volunteer, you may easily make several mistakes. Consider the following . . . 

Friday, August 19, 2016

The Legacy Grandparenting Summit . . . Please Watch, Share & Join Us!

Please share this video with the grandparents, pastors and church leaders you know - and if you . . . or anyone you know . . . decides to join us at the Legacy Grandparenting Summit, please use my discount to save $40 . . . Lynda16 (and, please let me know you are coming, so we can connect at the Summit!)

Take Time to Pray . . . Make it a Core Part of Your Ministry!

It seems like a "no-brainer", but honestly, how much do you really pray for your Children's Ministry? How many people do you have on a prayer team and do you and they pray regularly for your Children's Ministry? Do you engage your entire church on prayer walks or other opportunities to pray for your Children's Ministry before the Fall ministry begins . . . and throughout the year? Is prayer really part, a core part of your Children's Ministry?

It is easy to say we pray, but do we really? Consider the following ways you could make prayer a core part of your Children's Ministry this year . . . 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Take Time to Listen . . . To Children, Grandparents/Parents & Volunteers

Fall ministries will be starting up in just a few short weeks; as you prepare, do not forget to take time to listen . . . to the children, grandparents/parents and volunteers. It can be all too easy to just "pay attention" to what we think and then do the things we want to do, but ministry is about far more than our own opinions. We need to listen to others - and act upon what we learn. When we do, our ministries will be far more effective. Consider the following . . . 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Take Time to Evaluate . . . What are Your Volunteer Needs?

When it comes to recruiting, do you "settle" for insufficient volunteer levels? If you have one teacher in a class, do you go with it, or do you staff your classes based upon the number of students you have and the number of volunteers you actually need to be genuinely effective? Think about the following . . .