Partnering With Staff

An important part of children’s ministry is working with the entire church staff as a team. It is an inclusive way of doing ministry. In most churches, each ministry is compartmentalized and doesn’t communicate with the other ministries. But partnering with other leaders in the church will cause your minister to work in harmony with the pastor’s vision. It will also increase your effectiveness if other church leaders understand where you’re coming from.

Here’s some examples of way ministries can work together:

Middle School Ministry: Middle School ministry transitions students from children’s ministry to youth ministry. An effective middle school ministry will have both youth and children’s pastors as a part of the program.

Preschool Ministry: Children’s pastors should work with preschool directors to transition between preschool and children’s church smooth.

Partnering with Youth Pastors: Children’s pastors and youth pastors can go to each others events and church camps to build relationships with students. This will increase the number of students who stay in the church when they become teenagers. Children’s pastors and youth pastors can also work together on missions projects and outreach events.

Partnering with Pastors: Communicate often with your pastor and let him know what’s going on in children’s ministry. Ask your pastor what his vision for the church and the children’s ministry is. If you can’t get behind the pastor’s vision, you’re in the wrong church.

Schedules: Keep the schedule of the whole church in mind when scheduling events. When possible, have events that combine other ministries and leaders. One example of this might be a block party on the church grounds that has events for every age group or family events instead of children’s events.

Author: Tamera Kraft

Tamera Kraft has been a children’s pastor for over 20 years. She is the leader of a ministry called Revival Fire For Kids where she mentors other children’s leaders, teaches workshops, and is a children’s ministry consultant and children’s evangelist. She is also a writer and has curriculum published including Kid Konnection 5: Kids Entering the Presence of God published by Pathway Press. She is a recipient of the 2007 National Children’s Leaders Association Shepherd’s Cup for lifetime achievement in children’s ministry.

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