After you have a children’s ministry team in place, here’s 10 ways to make your team effective.
1. Have Qualifications: No matter how tempted you are to recruit any warm body you can find, don’t lower your standards. Let people know that only people who meet certain qualifications can be on your team. It takes longer to do it this way, but the workers you recruit will be long term team members who will add to your effectiveness in ministry. Here’s a link to help you recruit workers.
2. Have Clear Expectations: When you recruit a member to your team, let him know what you expect from him. Give him a job description and a policy manual. Here’s a link to a policy manuel you can buy from Revival Fire For Kids.
3. Have On-Going Training: Have training for new recruits and on-going training for your workers. There are many ways to conduct training that doesn’t require a lot of time. Here’s a link for way to have teacher training.
4. Build Relationships: Spend individual time with your team members. Let them know you care about them as people, not just as team members.
5. Have Team Fellowships: Plan activities for the team to get together and hang out. Make sure you plan activities that the team members enjoy. Be creative. When you do this, team members will build relationships with each other which will help them be more effective.
6. Be Accountable To Your Team: Let your team know if you are struggling in an area and need prayer. If a team member comes to you about a problem they perceive, don’t blow them off.
7. Pray For Each Other: Have a prayer chain with your team members. If someone needs prayer, have a way to get the word out to the other team members whether by phone, email, or text messaging.
8. Communicate: Let the team members know what you’re planning and where your vision for the Children’s Ministry is going. They can’t follow if they don’t know where you’re going. Also make sure to have a communication plan to inform children’s team members about changes.
9. Empower: Give team members responsibility over areas of ministry. Empower them to minister. Follow-up to make sure the job is getting done, but don’t micro-manage or take back the reins of leadership unless there’s a major problem. Work with the team member to work through any issues.
10. Evaluate: Have meeting with team members to evaluate what’s working and what’s not working with children’s ministry. Offer a safe place to pitch creative ideas that are out of the box.