Want to uplift a children’s ministry volunteer? Share these insights to remind your kidmin helpers they’re making an eternal difference in young 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 children’s ministry. I hope you’ll pass these along to appreciate and encourage your volunteers!
Why Each Children’s Ministry Volunteer Matters
1. Children can learn more than we often realize.
Many VBS volunteers commented on how much the kids were learning and remembering from day to day. They noted that details were sinking in even when it looked like not all participants were paying attention. I taught in our Bible station, and kids in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades quickly connected the Passover lambs to 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! Children likely have always been able to learn more than we realize. But that’s especially true today, as they’re 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. Some people are hesitant to volunteer because they think kids don’t want them, are embarrassed by them, or don’t think they’re cool. But it doesn’t matter if you’re cool! Kids often don’t need more friends. They need more leaders, mentors, and examples.
3. Kidmin volunteers are typically amazing and fun.
After we served at VBS together, my wife said, “I love the people in our room. They’re amazing and fun. Kids ministry just attracts the most fun people.”