Category Archives: Volunteers

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. […]

How To Thank Your Team In 8 Words Or Less

  As a leader, we need to have vision for the future, while not forgetting who helped us yesterday. One of the best ways is to send a “Thank You” the old-fashioned way – an actual note card from you. It makes a huge impact on the receiver because of how much we are in-undated […]

Are You Burning Through Volunteers?

The other day I bumped into an old friend at Starbucks. My friend was overseeing the KidMin program at a new church and he asked if I could meet with him. Then he made this statement, “We are burning through a lot of volunteers.” If you are burning through volunteers then it tells you that […]

How to Turn Volunteers Into Leaders

Not all your volunteers will become leaders. In fact, most volunteers do not want to lead, they just want to follow. Followers are people who want to follow. They don’t want to make decisions. They want someone to tell them what to do and they will do it. Leaders are people who want to lead. […]

How to Involve Parents in Children’s Ministry

We hear a lot of talk today about partnering with parents but how do you do this if you have little exposure in the pulpit? The best way to partner with parents is to get parents involved with the children’s ministry program. In other words, use the kidmin program to disciple the parents. I meet […]

How To Enhance Childrens’ Ministry Guest Experience

One of my favorite things to do is jump on Facebook and see what’s happening in a group called “Children’s Pastors and Children’s Ministries Leaders”. There is always good discussions happening and sometimes I find a question I think is great to answer in a short blog. One question I saw this week was, “I am looking for something for […]