10 Ways To Build An Effective Children’s Ministry Team

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.

Developing A Great Children’s Ministry Team

A great children’s ministry team is not just of volunteers who are willing to teach or work at children’s ministry events. A great children’s ministry team will help you plan, develop, and execute a great children’s ministry. Here’s 10 ideas for developing your team.

1. Give the team opportunities for imput. Some children’s pastors don’t use their best resources, their team, because they feel they need to do all the planning themselves. Give your team a chance to provide imput, and you may be pleasantly surprised at what happens.

2. Develop Friendships. Create opportunities for team members to develop friendships through events that have nothing to do with children’s ministry. Have a picnic, go to a movie, go bowling, or order pizza and have a game night at your house. Also have one on one time with members of your team. Go to lunch with them and find out what they need prayer about and where they see the children’s ministry going.

3. Don’t Micro-Manage. If you place a team member over an area, make clear expectations of what you expect the team member to do and check periodically to make sure the team member is on task and doesn’t need assistance. But don’t take the job back, and don’t expect the team member to do everything your way. Release it to your team. Don’t micro-manage. If you do, your team members will back off and let you do the job.

4. Use Creative Planning Sessions. Spend time during meetings or social events to do creative planning with your team. During these planning sessions, make it clear this isn’t the time to decide which ideas you’re going to implement. This is the time to throw out ideas you would do if you had unlimited resources and man power. Also during these sessions, no idea is a bad one.

5. Staff Your Weaknesses. We all have areas we’re not good at. Some are more creative than others, some more musical, some more organized and detailed. Your children’s ministry will thrive if you learn to staff the areas you’re not good at and listen to the people who are good in those areas.

6. Cast the Vision. As the leader of children’s ministry, it’s your job to cast the vision God has given you for the future of the children’s ministry and communicate it to your team. Once your team knows the vision, they can run with it.

7. Spend Time Praying With Your Team. Pray develops bonds with your team that nothing else can. Spend time praying with your team about issues in their lives and about the children’s ministry.

8. Give Your Team Resources For Growth. Give your team opportunities to grow by providing books, workshops, and conferences. You might even want to study a book together as a team.

9. Be Vulnerable and Accountable. As a leader, you need prayer support and accountability. If you share your concerns with members of your team, they’ll be able to pray with you and hold you accountable in the areas you need help. A bit of caution here. Get to know your team before sharing too much. Unfortunately there are people in the church who use vulnerabilities of leaders to come against them. Use wisdom here.

10. Pray For the Right Team. Pray for God to lead you to the people He wants on your team. He may surprise you with choices you never expected.

10 Great Tips For Children’s Minsitry Team Meetings

Here’s some ideas to change a boring Children’s Ministry Team meeting that conveys information you could email to your team members into a great meeting your team won’t want to miss.

1. Plan Agenda:  This shouldn’t even have to be said, but plan the agenda for your meeting, and have all the resources you need ready to go. A meeting that wastes time is sure to have few attendees.

2. Play Creative Games:  There are three reasons for this. First it will add fun and excitement to your meetings. Second it will promote unity and team building skills. Last it will get the creative juices flowing to make your meeting more productive. Invest in a book of games to bolster creativity. Here’s one idea. Have everyone write twenty ways a cat and a refrigerator are alike.

3. Stay Focused:  Sometimes a member of your team will go off on rabbit trails that have nothing to do with your agenda. Politely keep the meeting focused by waiting until that person takes a breath and then saying “Okay, let’s get back to the next item.” If you allow the meeting to follow those bunny trails, at the end of the day, it will have accomplished nothing.

4. Pray:  Take time at the beginning of your meetings to pray for each other and for wisdom.

5. Allow Member’s Imput:  If a children’s ministry team meeting is only to inform your team what you’ve decided and what you want them to do, then your team is not a team. You’re treating them more like employees. If this is your purpose in having meetings, save everyone some time and email them the info. A great team gives imput and helps the children’s ministry grow with their ideas. Allow time in your meeting for your team to give imput.

6. Problem Solving:  Let your meetings be a safe place for team members to bring up problems. Then use the team to find solutions to these problems.

7. Cast the Vision: At every meeting, take a few minutes to remind your team about the vision God has given you for the children’s ministry. Team members will be more effective if they know the vision.

8. Encourage Only:  Never use children’s ministry team meetings as a time to address concerns with team members. This should only be done in private. Meeting should be a time to encourage your team.

9. Leadership Training:  Children’s Ministry meetings are a great time to have a few minutes of leadership training. Keep it short and to the point. This is a meeting not a training session. But encouraging growth is always a great idea. One suggestion is to study a book together. On Friday, I’ll list a number of leadership books to chose from.

10. Share Information:  Always take a couple of minutes to allow team members to share information. A team member may know something about a child that will help you minister. Another team member might know somebody who wants to work in children’s ministry and is just waiting to be asked.