Want to uplift a children’s ministry volunteer? Share these insights to remind your kidmin helpers they’re making an eternal difference in children’s lives.
Last week our church held VBS for kids in our church and community. Our children’s ministry team did an amazing job serving kids and families. They taught kids about Jesus and provided an incredibly fun time. As usual, I loved every minute of vacation Bible school.
Seeing VBS in action reminded me of at least four truths about kids and children’s ministry. I hope you’ll pass along these truths to appreciate and encourage your volunteers!
Why Each Children’s Ministry Volunteer Matters
1. Children can learn more than we often realize.
Lots of volunteers commented on how much the kids were learning, how much they were remembering from day to day, and how much was sinking in even when it looked like not all the kids were paying attention. I taught in our Bible station one day and kids in 3rd, 4th and 5thgrade made the connection rather quickly between lambs at the Passover and Jesus being the Lamb of God.
Kids can learn much more than “you need to be a nice person,” and they need to learn much more than that! It is likely that kids have always been able to learn more than we realize, but that is especially true today as they are learning challenging concepts in school at younger and younger ages.
2. Kids value relationships with adults at church.
I have tons of respect for people who work with kids and teenagers. I know one reason that some are hesitant to serve in those ministries at a church is that they think the kids or teenagers don’t want them, are embarrassed by them, or don’t think they are cool. But it does not matter if you are cool. Kids often don’t need more friends; they need more leaders, mentors, and examples.
3. Kidmin volunteers are typically amazing and fun.
Confession: This is my wife’s observation. We reflected after serving at VBS together and she said, “I love the people in our room. They’re amazing and fun. Kids ministry just attracts the most fun people.”