A new year of ministry has begun. It will be filled with not only challenges, but also great opportunities to impact kids and families for Christ.
There will many children’s ministries that will remain plateaued or even decline. But there will also be some children’s ministries that will reach kids and families and will grow.
What will the ministries that grow do? What will set them apart from the ministries that don’t grow? Here are 10 things.
Children’s ministries that grow in 2018 will want to grow…I mean, really want to grow. Everyone says they want to grow, but the ministries that grow in 2018 will be the ones that actually want to grow so much that they will be willing to change what’s not working, venture into new territory and take risks. While ministries that are stagnant will continue to rest in complacency, the ministries that grow will passionately strive to reach more kids and families for Christ.
Children’s ministries that grow in 2018 will make sure they have room to grow. If your space is 85 percent full, then your growth will be capped. This includes adult worship space, parking lot, hallways and classrooms.
You can create more space by obviously building more space. But you can also create more space by starting additional services, asking key families to move to a different service hour or starting an additional campus.
Here’s an easy way to check if you have room to grow. Take your total room capacity and multiply it x .85.
Example: If your children’s ministry rooms have a total room capacity of 100, then multiply that x .85. The answer is 85. If you have more than 85 kids attending at a service hour in that space, then your growth is capped. If you want to grow in 2018, then you’ve got to make an adjustment.
Children’s ministries that grow in 2018 will give guests a great experience. Following up with guests helps, but the main factor in seeing guests return is giving them a great first experience. This includes good parking, quick check-in, great signage, welcoming greeters and walking them to their classrooms.
Stats show that guests decide if they are going to return in the first eight minutes. Ministries that see guests return will work hard to ensure those eight minutes are great for families.
Children’s ministries that grow in 2018 will get kids and families excited about bringing guests to church with them. Without new people coming into the church, there is no growth. Which ministries will have guests come? It will be the ministries that create a culture of invest and invite among their attenders. They do this by emphasizing it, providing invite tools and telling the stories of people who have brought friends to church.
Children’s ministries that grow in 2018 will have safe and secure environments. In the world we live in, safety and security is a big, big deal for parents. If parents don’t feel like their children are safe and secure at church, they simply won’t return.
Ministries that grow will have a check-in/check-out process that is followed, volunteer or even uniformed officers in their hallways, a clear process for on-boarding new volunteers and guidelines in place such as volunteers never being alone with a child, locking classroom doors once service starts, etc.
You can get great tips and teaching for keeping your ministry safe at the upcoming webinar—Safety and Security in Children’s Ministry. Top experts, including a former Secret Service Agent who guarded the President, will be sharing. You can get more info at this link.
Children’s ministries that grow in 2018 will have good volunteer to child ratios. Having a solid team of volunteers is essential for growth in children’s ministry. Growing ministries know this and focus on building a healthy, solid, growing team of volunteers.
The right ratios not only make it safer for the children, but it also helps them be personally known and receive care and prayer. When this is happening, you will see kids coming back and attending more frequently.