Category Archives: Volunteers

What Does a Successful KidMin Look Like?

Whenever I meet a fellow kids minister I start by asking about their church. Over and over I hear the phrase, “We are not very big.” “We don’t have a lot of kids in our ministry.” “We only have about 9 kids.” When did numbers become the only yardstick by which we measure success? There […]

Magnify Your Ministry

If you have been doing kids’ ministry for any length of time, you have discovered that many do not see it as “real ministry.” This is false, of course, but people’s attitudes can still wear you down. As the leader, it’s critical that you not allow this to happen. You have to continue to encourage […]

9 Ways You Can Encourage Families to Come Back Next Week.

My husband and I are looking for a new home church. It has been awkward, to say the least. We have been married for 7 years, and at least one of us has been working at a church for the entirety of our marriage.  The church we were at had to close, but I never imagined […]

How to Develop a Volunteer-Training Program

One day I took a look at how we were training our volunteers, and I was not happy with what I observed. It seemed like I was so focused on recruiting new volunteers that I was not doing a good job training the new people we recruited. So I asked Aaron, a former restaurant manager […]

5 Essential Leadership Skills for Kids’ Pastor.

As you minister to the kids, you will grow as a leader. You are going to need a lot of volunteers to reach a lot of kids, so it’s critical that you understand leadership and that you grow in your leadership skills. Here is my list of the top-five leadership skills you need for kids’ […]

Training Volunteers in the 21st Century

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People are busier than ever. I used to train my volunteers at monthly meetings on Sunday night, but it’s hard to get people to show up for extra meetings. I had to figure out how to train my volunteers in small doses. Now, I do all of my training in three bite-size nuggets. 1. The […]

Break the Volunteer Cycle

I have had several different jobs, and with that several different types of bosses. One of my jobs, I worked at a daycare.  It was a well-respected daycare franchise, my bosses were very friendly and nice. But I only had a total of 2 hours of training, and by training, I mean they had me […]

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