If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time. This is also true in Kids Ministry. Every year I take time with my team to evaluate and celebrate things that happened the previous year and think about what we need to focus on for the upcoming year. We take time to focus on setting goals.
Crossroads church in Cincinnati, does a great job of communicating to parents what the lesson was about in the kids program. At the door of each room they have door signs that they change each week. They list 2 questions that parents can ask their child to start a discussion about that day’s lesson. I loved that it was simple, visual, and user friendly!
Food Allergies are common in children. Kids Ministry should be a place where kids are safe & details such as food allergies are important. When I was at Crossroads Church they told me about their system when it comes to Food Allergies.
Does your church have a clear plan for emergencies? Crossroads Church does. In fact, it’s so clear, that they have a Safety Manual displayed in each Kids Room. Each Manual is custom made with instructions for that specific room. The staff was kind enough to give me permission to share their Safety Manual on my blog with pictures for everyone to see. Hopefully it will inspire you to make a plan for emergencies that is clear for your volunteers.
Keeping vision in front of volunteers is one of the most important things you will do as a Kids Ministry Leader. Reminding people over and over of why they do what they do. On my most recent trip to Crossroads Church in Cincinnati, I was reminded of something that they do to keep the vision in front of their volunteers. Many of their kids ministry rooms have a picture wall. The pictures are specific to the ministry that happens in that room.
This past weekend I went to visit Crossroads Church in Cincinnati. I took a team of Kids Ministry Volunteers with me so we could learn from them. It’s about an 8 hour drive from where I live, and I was excited to take a team of people with me so they could see the church, and their kids ministry in action. Crossroads staff and volunteers were so welcoming and went out of their way to help us learn all that we could. This was my 2nd visit, and I learned many new things.
Crossroads has a room for kids with special needs. This room is available for children who would benefit from a quieter space. Displayed on the wall in this room was a Sign Language Poster. Many children are able to communicate through sign language, and this poster was a great tool for volunteers who many not use sign language on a regular basis. You can find this poster on Etsy. I’ve already ordered one.
This is one of my favorite Disney pictures. I have it framed and it’s part of my office decor.
Before Walt Disney World in Orlando came to be, it was a bunch of swampland. Walt Disney had a vision of what could be, and he had a big job ahead of him to communicate that vision to his team.
Sometimes in Kids Ministry, I can see the vision of where we are headed, but I need to communicate that vision to my team. I can see the potential in volunteers, in the building & in the kids. Here are some ways to paint the picture of your Kids Ministry, and the vision that you have for the future:
1. Stay Positive – There will be challenges along the way, but don’t let discouragement settle in to get you off track for what God has planned.
2. Stay Focused – Many things could distract you or demand your time. As the leader, you need to stay focused on what lies ahead.
3. Communicate – Do whatever it takes to help people see where you are going. Draw pictures, create vision statements, tell success stories, share the dream, have meetings, and connect with key leaders one-on-one.
4. Be Passionate – Make sure you are fired up & excited about where you are going! If you are not excited about it, how can you expect anyone else to be?
I love looking at this poster on my wall. What reminders help you keep the vision in front of your volunteers?
At the beginning of the season, volunteers are usually happy to be volunteering in their role. But sometimes their passion fades, they lose interest and decide they no longer want to volunteer.
How do you keep volunteers committed and passionate about what they are doing all year long? The secret is in the vision. You need to keep pouring into your volunteering all year long so their passion stays strong.
Here’s a little video I put together to illustrate this idea:
What do you picture in your head when you hear someone say that they teach Sunday School?
Do you think of a lady standing in front of a class? Do you picture a group of children sitting in a circle listening to someone talk?
Methods of communication have changed over time & there are so many different options available today. Consider the following information that was put together by William Glasser. People remember:
What about the people who ‘teach’ in your children’s ministry? What methods are they using? If they are going to go to all the trouble to teach the lesson, one would think that they would want the kids to remember it. Consider using different methods when teaching children. Here are some ideas:
Video – DVD’s
Teacher narrates while kids act outReading
Listening to different people speak
Small Group Discussion
What other methods of teaching do you include?