Facilities: Do You Have Room For Your Children’s Ministry?

If you were to poll 100 children’s ministers, pastors, and directors, you’d probably find that a vast majority of them would love to have “better” Children’s Ministry facilities. For those that work with children week in and week out there is always a temptation to dream about how great it would be to have ______. For the small church, some leaders would love to have a multi-purpose children’s ministry room or a place that they can play games & activities. For the medium-sized church, some children’s leaders would love to have a new playground, an updated children’s area, or a fresh paint in the Sunday School building. For the large church, the children’s pastor would love to have the newest and flashiest gadgets, themed children’s church decorations and facilities in order to attract more kids to the church.

Wherever you are in children’ s ministry, you can probably name two or three facility upgrades that would “make your day” if you could get them done. The only obstacle in your way is money – and that is an obstacle that churches of all sizes face. At the church where I serve, we are getting ready to make some changes to our flooring as well as re-surface the playground.

What About Your Children’s Ministry Facilities?

  • What are some areas of your children’ s ministry that you would love to see improved?
  • For those of you that have made recent improvements to your facilities, what went right and what went wrong?
  • Do any of you wish that you hadn’t “improved” a certain facility?

I’d be interested, as would others, to hear your stories.


Comments

  1. says

    Charlie,
    Our church is blessed with a great facility for the size of our congregation. We have a nice technology set-up in children’s church, a custom playground and a few acres for Upward Soccer.

    I do see Brenna’s point and we’ve had to fight the building-matter-more-than-people attitude that creeps up on everyone.

    Thanks for writing this post. It’s a good issue to bring up.

  2. says

    I really respect this outward focus and expect that you see a lot of people in your ministry that would never come into a church building. Thanks again for adding some balance to our site.

  3. says

    Brenna,

    Please do not think that I am suggesting that to put money into facilities is to forget about those outside of the church. In fact, one of the best ways to reach young couples and children is to have a safe, clean, and fresh Children’s area. You don’t have to spend mega bucks do have that either. I’m a firm believer that everything that we do in Children’s ministry should be done in excellence, however “excellence” will differ from church to church.

    I can’t imagine how tough it is to do Children’s ministry week after week in a rented building!

  4. says

    What facilities?? Our church meets each Saturday night …yes, Saturday night… in rented facilities. This is often a very common arrangement, especially in regions outside of the south. Yes, sometimes we lose people’s interests because we don’t have our own facilities but the faithful attenders we have each week have gotten over this idea. They are ok with renting from another church, holding worship on an alternate day, and being creative with our home Bible study times and fellowships. Sometimes it would be nice to have our own facility but then we would forget that we are supposed to be out in the field, not tied to a building!

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