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Why Leading Adults Is the Same as Leading Kids

I am entering my second year as a campus pastor and have discovered something I always suspected but now know. Leading kids ministry and leading adult ministries are very similar. Leadership is leadership. Leadership is hard. Leadership takes grace.

No matter what size your organization/ministry is, you should be leading leaders. If you are kids ministry and have been so for more than a couple of years, you should be leading adults as much if not more than you lead kids.

Here are some things adult ministry can learn from kids ministry.

1. Remember people’s names. – I am awful at this. Kids’ ministry is so much easier because of name tags. I think everyone should wear name tags to church. People want to be known by someone, no matter how big your church is.
2. People care how much you care more than how much you know.
3. Theology matters. – Kids need to understand why we believe what we believe as much or more than adults do.
4. Adults need another adult in their life that they can call, cry to and believe God with as much kids need friends who believe the same thing they do.
5. I think most kids’ ministries do a great job of connecting with kids of all learning types. This is one area adult ministry needs to work on. Much of the programing for adults is focused mostly on those who are auditory learners.  

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Sam Luce has been the children’s pastor at Redeemer Church in Utica, New York for the past 14 years. Currently he serves as the Utica campus pastor and the Global family pastor. A prolific blogger and popular children's conference speaker, Sam has worked in children's ministry for over 23 years and is also a contributing editor to K! magazine.