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7 Misperceptions About Children’s Ministry Leaders

7 Misperceptions About Children’s Ministry Leaders

Being a Children’s Pastor/Director is so much fun! It’s also one of the more misunderstood roles in the church. People often have no clue what we really do.

Or that it’s hard!

I’m sure you’ve experienced this, if  you’ve been leading in Children’s Ministry longer than a month or two. Please share your stories in the comments below.

7 Misperceptions About Children’s Ministry Leaders

1. That we only work on Sundays.

If I had a dollar for every time someone asked what I did during the week, I’d be a lot better off financially than I am today!

2. That it’s really OK with us if you drop off kids with dirty diapers & snotty noses in the nursery.

Because cleaning up poop is a joy to us, and we’re immune to colds, right?

3. That we really are offering free childcare—program is great but the most important thing is keeping kids occupied while real ministry happens with adults.

Do you know how much babysitters make these days? Maybe we should start charging by the hour!

4. That we’re doing KidMin just until a “real” job opens up in the church.

Just waiting for that youth ministry guy to move in to a senior pastor position, then we’re gonna pounce on the opportunity.

5. That it must be a great job because we spend all our time with kids.

And it is, but adult conversation is also welcome. And, in reality, our job isn’t really about the kids.

6. That we must love it when Pastor goes long in the service because it gives us even more time with the kids.


7. That Children’s Ministry is pretty easy—after all, it’s just kids, right?

How hard can it really be, right? Well, that’s kind of true. Children’s Ministry isn’t that hard at all!

What misperceptions have you experienced in your ministry?

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Greg Baird is a Children’s Ministry veteran with over 20 years ministry experience. Greg has had the privilege of serving in four San Diego area churches, including under the leadership of both John Maxwell and David Jeremiah. He continues to fulfill his life calling through the ministry of ChildrensMinistryLeader.com, offering an experienced voice in equipping and connecting Children’s Ministry leaders around the country and around the world.