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Effective Children’s Ministry: 10 Insights for a Top-Notch Program

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Having an effective children’s ministry isn’t always self-evident. Some things that seem true or obvious can produce substandard results.

Want to maximize your efforts and, most importantly, maximize your program’s results? Then follow these best practices for an effective children’s ministry. Be sure to share them with kidmin volunteers, too!

10 Keys to an Effective Children’s Ministry

Remember and apply this advice for your church’s children’s ministry program.

1. The way you carry yourself makes a difference.

Remember: You’re an adult, not a big kid. If you conduct yourself like a big kid, don’t be surprised when no one respects your ministry. Act like you believe in what you’re doing.

2. Team-building happens best by direct recruiting.

General announcements in the bulletin or from the pulpit seldom recruit workers. You must flush out talented and committed people. Then go after them persistently.

3. Resourcefulness can backfire.

One big problem in children’s ministry is that kids pastors get so effective at being resourceful that they stop asking for what they need. They stop expecting quality resources and equipment. Ask boldly for what you need, but stay classy if you get turned down.

4. Children would rather do something than watch something.

Next, remember that kids are wired for activity. They crave involvement and interactions.

5. Kids learn best by doing.

Games are a rich interactive experience. They teach and engage. Plus, they’re fun! As a teaching tool, games are hard to beat. Videos aren’t as effective. They sometimes keep kids quiet but tend to make them zone out.

6. Failure is essential.

Embrace failure. To be innovative and creative, you must try new things. Some things will fail. Don’t sweat it. The most creative people usually try a lot of stuff and can easily brush off failure.

7. Big truths are more vital than small values.

The biggest obstacle to an effective children’s ministry is the dumbing down of God’s Word. Allow kids to grow into big truths from the Bible. That will take them further than little tips on living right.