Author Archives: Mark Harper

The Call of the Father

There is a lot of work involved in leading a kids’ ministry in a local church; but at the end of the day, it is all about the kids and connecting them with their Heavenly Father. I was a kids’ pastor for fifteen years before I really understood the heart of the Father for His […]

Recruiting That Really Works

If you talk to most KidMin pastors, they will tell you that recruiting volunteers is the most stressful part of their job. Part of the reason for the stress is that many kids’ pastors spend much of their time on things that don’t work. First of all, let’s talk about what doesn’t work. • Bulletin […]

Dealing with Criticism

“When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the desert? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch […]

What Do Volunteers Want?

Business 101 asks three questions: 1.     Who are my customers? 2.     What do they want? 3.     How can I get it to them? Volunteers are the lifeblood of any KidMin program. I can survive without money, but I cannot survive without volunteers.  We need ask the question, “What do […]

What Do You Do When Everybody Starts Quitting?

  I still remember the day I changed my strategy for recruiting and training volunteers. It was a cold winter morning in 1987 and I had just accepted a new position as a kidmin pastor at a church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I was frustrated because yet another volunteer had informed me they were stepping down. […]