Category Archives: Children's Ministry Policies

Resolution #7 – Create a Child Abuse Policy

Every church needs a written child abuse policy. This isn’t just a good idea. It’s vital to protect your students, your workers, and your church. Here’s some things you’ll need to include.

Screening For Workers: Every worker in your church needs to be interviewed and asked hard questions. They also need to have a background check. Every worker – even Aunt Emma who has been at your church since she was a baby. There’s a reason for that. If your church is ever sued because a worker abuses a child, they’ll ask if all workers have been screened and had a background check. If they have, the suit probably won’t hold up in court.

Report Every Sign of Abuse: Stress this to your workers. It doesn’t matter if they think the child might be accusing someone to get attention or if they think they may be overreacting. That’s not the worker’s call. Child abuse agencies investigate every case and if there’s nothing to it, they don’t mind being put to the trouble. That’s what they’re there for.

Have a policy about how to report possible abuse. That means you either have the worker make the call and report to you what happened or you have the worker come to you and you make the call. Which ever you decide to do, make sure somebody calls the proper agency.

Resolution #6 – Create a Policy Manual For Workers

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A policy manual is something every church should have, but few follow through on this. Here are some good reasons to have a policy manual.

Worker Qualifications:

If you settle for any warm body to work in your children’s ministry, it will cause you more problems than lack of workers. Set the bar higher for those who will minister to the children in your church, and you’ll attract quality people. This goes against the grain, but it works. If you don’t believe me, try it for one year. Let the congregation know only those who meet the qualifications need apply. Mention that you’re doing this because you want only the best working with the children, and see what happens.

One qualification should be that only those who are fully devoted Christ followers can work in children’s ministry. No matter what, don’t compromise on this. Someone who is a carnal Christian or who plays games with Christianity is not someone you want your students looking up to as role models.

Other qualifications can include church membership, water baptism, devotional life, screening, and mandatory teacher training.

Health:

It’s so much easier to tell a parent whose bringing a child with a 103° fever into your class that you can’t accept the child if you have a written church policy in place. Parents can handle you saying you have to follow the church policy rather than you don’t want their child there.

Safety:

Safety policies need to be in place. These include teacher/student ratios for each age group. If a teacher has too many student to handle, with a policy in place, she can alert an usher who knows what to do.

Another good policy that is needed is what to do with restroom breaks. No child should wander around the church hallways unsupervised. For nursery, you’ll want policies for how to change a diaper. Rubber gloves and a bleach spray bottle should be standard for every church nursery.

One of the most important policies to have in place is how we release children to adults. It used to be we could just let the children go when church was out. That’s no longer the case. With so many divorces and estranged parent, not to mention predators, we need to be careful how we do this.

Parents:

Attracting parents is a great reason to have a policy manual. Parents want to know you’re taking care of their children properly. They’re more likely to attend a church they trust with their children.

Church Growth:

You may think you don’t need those policies in place because you’re a small church. It’s easier to put policies in place and get church members use to them while your small. Then you’ll be ready for church growth.

If you don’t know where to start, Revival Fire For Kids has a complete Children’s Ministry Policy Manual available for download. This manual is available in MS Word and RTF formats so you can change it to fit your church’s needs. Click on the picture for more info.

Special Needs Kids

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How does your church handle special needs kids? There are a variety of different ways to minister to special needs kids. The important thing is to have a church policy that covers it.

Preschool Foundational Truths

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The Bible teaches a lot about teaching children the foundational truths of God’s Word when they’re young.

Deuteronomy 4:9-10 (NKJV)  Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your grandchildren, especially concerning the day you stood before the Lord your God in Horeb, when the Lord said to me, ‘Gather the people to Me, and I will let them hear My words, that they may learn to fear Me all the days they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children.

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 (NKJV)  “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Proverbs 2:6 (NKJV)  Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.

Isaiah 28:10 (NKJV)  For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, Here a little, there a little.

Here’s my list of foundational truths every child should learn before he or she enter kindergarten:

GOD

  • He is the Creator.
  • He takes care of us.
  • He is always with us.
  • We worship Him by singing, giving thanks and obeying Him.

JESUS

  • Jesus is God’s Son.
  • Jesus grew up.  He was a baby, a boy, a teenager, and then a man.
  • Jesus helped others.
  • Jesus loved others.
  • Jesus loved children.
  • We can love and worship Jesus.
  • Jesus died on the cross and came back to life.
  • Jesus is preparing a home for us in heaven.

SELF

  • God made me.
  • God loves me.
  • I am special.

OTHERS

  • Adults care for me.
  • God gives me friends.
  • I should be kind to others.
  • I should love my family.

PRAYER

  • God hears my prayers.
  • I can pray anytime and anywhere.
  • I can talk to God about anything.
  • I should give God thanks everyday.

BIBLE

  • The Bible is a special book about God.
  • The Bible is true.
  • The Bible tells me what to do.
  • The Bible has exciting stories.
  • I should take care of my Bible.

CHURCH

  • The church is a place where I learn about God.
  • The church is a place to worship God.
  • The church is a place where I have friends.
  • I like to go to church.

Children’s Ministry Church Handbook

Children’s Ministry Church Handbook

by Tamera Kraft

Available in E-book Download and CD Rom

CD Rom Regularly $15.00

E-Book Download Regularly $10.00, On sale this month for $8.00

Download includes the Following:

Church Handbook: A guideline handbook for a church children’s ministry.

Ideas That Work: A few helpful suggestions for your children’s ministry.

Effective Story Telling: A teacher training session outline that lasts approximately one hour.

Children’s Ministry Application: An application to use for a screening interview of all children’s workers.

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Excerpt from Handbook:

Purpose of a Children’s Ministry Worker

          A Children’s Ministry worker’s main goal is to be a model. Jesus said, “Let your light so shine among men, that they may glorify your Father in Heaven.” You are influencing the lives of children. This is a very high calling. In James 3:1 the Bible admonishes us, “Not many of you should presume to be teachers because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.” If you work with children in any capacity you are teaching them. Your purpose is to model Jesus Christ.

To Qualify as a Children’s Ministry Worker

  1. You must be a born again believer and be able to tell what that means.
  2. You must be a faithful member of the Insert Church Name.
  3. You must have a personal interview with the senior pastor, Christian education director, or children’s pastor and go through a screening process.
  4. You must be baptized in water and in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues.

Ministry Responsibilities

A.     Training

  1. Attend initial training seminar.
  2. Mentor under another teacher for one month.
  3. Attend at least one scheduled training or workers meeting a year for your department.
  4. There will also be periodic training seminars and conferences available to those who seek to further their skills. Children’s workers are expected to seek further training.
  5. Be familiar with all policies outlined in this manual.

B.     Arrival Time

  1. Arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the beginning of your class time. Parents get anxious when there is no one to greet their child.
  2. If there is a class immediately preceding yours, be ready to go as soon as the other class dismisses.

C. Absences

Call ahead of time when you are going to be absent so a replacement can be secured. Do not arrange for your own replacement. It is understandable that absences will occur among Children’s Ministry Workers. Please give us as much notice as possible. In the event of a sudden illness or emergency, please contact the church and leave word with the appropriate person.

  1. Department Leader
    1. Preschool (Insert Name, Insert Contact Information)
    2. Sunday School (Insert Name, Insert Contact Information)
    3. Children’s Church (Insert Name, Insert Contact Information)
    4. Wednesday Night Classes (Insert Name, Insert Contact Information)
    5. Children’s Pastor or CE Director (Insert Name, Insert Contact Information)
    6. Church or Pastor (Insert Name, Insert contact Information)

D.     Duration of Commitment

We ask that you give at least a 6 month commitment to your area of service. (Volunteers only)

E.     Go the Second Mile

  1. Follow up on students. Send cards whenever possible.
  2. Pray for your class every week before you come to teach.
  3. Involve yourself in extra curricular activities that involve your class whenever possible.

F.     Personal Life

1.   Exhibit a lifestyle that would be pleasing to God throughout the week.

2.   Must attend one service a week when not serving.

3.   Have personal devotions daily.