How Do You Get Volunteers To Help With The Children’s Ministry

I just heard from one of our newsletter readers. She asked, “how do you get volunteers to help you with the children.” I thought it would be a good question to open up here on the website.

Here was my basic response, you can also read a post I wrote about finding volunteers for Vacation Bible School:

Finding Children’s Ministry Workers

  1. Make a list of what kids ministry workers you need
  2. Pray over this blank ministry volunteer roster
  3. Brainstorm a list of anyone you think would do a good job. Write them down even if you think they will say NO.
  4. Work down your potential volunteer list. Approach them face-to-face if possible, but phone calls & email work too. Ask them to help – be specific about what / where / how often.
  5. If they say No, thank them and move down the list.
  6. If the positions are still open, restart the list.

I hope that helps, it takes some boldness. But I believe that serving the kids is a blessing and honor for people – so I’m doing them a favor by recruiting them.

Share your ideas in the comment box below.


  1. Orquidea Galdamez says

    I like to ask teachers to help for three months so they don’t feel overwhelmed with other ministries and willing to help in the future. Also, I like to send them a little thank you note at the end of their teaching period, so they could feel appreciated. As church we dedicate one day a year to show them an appreciation, call all teacher who have helped during the year to the altar and our pastors pray for them.

  2. Annie Law says

    From my own experience, 40 years ago, I was asked to teach a group of 11-14 year olds and was given what appeared to be a Christian magazine. I didn’t understand what it all meant. I had just started going to the church a few weeks earlier? I wasn’t even saved yet. No one asked me about my spiritual condition. This same type of thing happened to one of my sisters. She was asked to teach a children’s class when she brought her little boy to a church. She was not a Christian and didn’t understand Christian material either. She said she just taught the kids some fairy tales and the magic penny etc.

    I know another person who is teaching 7-9 yr olds and believes in Jesus, but also believes in other things and is not very familiar with the Bible…her facts are skewed on some very important things. She even, while trying to be helpful, when a child made a mess, told the child that even God makes mistakes. I believe my friend is sincere, just sincerely wrong in some things.
    I was sincere but ignorant of what the Bible taught and wasn’t yet saved. The same goes for my sister.

    This is three different people I personally know well. How many others are out there. Why is it that “just anyone will do? Just because a person is nice does not mean that they are a Christian or knowledgeable about the Bible or God. This should not be happening! It doesn’t matter if they are a parent. What does the parent believe? Are they a born-again Christian producing the fruit of the Spirit? If not, they should not be teaching children or young people.

    How easy it would be for children to be brainwashed into another religion, or against the Bible. If they are given wrong facts about God or the Bible… how will that effect them later in life? How can you trust a God who makes mistakes??? Why are children not valued enough that they are left with anyone who comes of the street? If churches can’t find enough genuine Christians to train, then keep the children in church. This is at least better than having them taught a bunch of error, or fairytales.

    Teachers should be born again believers who are producing fruit. They should be knowledgeable about the Bible, the Godhead, and other major doctrines as well as be taught how to teach particular age groups. Teachers should be monitored or have another believer in the room with them as they are learning.

    Children are vulnerable and need to be protected. Satan’s easiest targets are children…get them and you got a whole generation.

    Numbers are not as important as children!

    Would you ask a Satan worshipper to teach your children or young people? How do you know the person you asked to teach isn’t one? Do you even ask them what they believe and if they are born again into Christ Jesus? Do you even find out what they actually believe or know about the Godhead, the major doctrines, the Bible or teaching age group? Does your church take the time to teach and monitor?

    This must be done and must be made a priority as children are too valuable to be left to chance.

    I hope churches are listening.


  3. Catrena says

    I would like to share with you my conviction from the Lord. I have been the preschool director at our previous church and am currently the Sunday School director over the entire SS program. God convicted me while I was the preschool director and told me to ask the parents of the kids in the preschool room. He told me that if they wanted to show their children how to effectively minister to others, the kids needed to see them ministering to others. So, in order to give that opportunity to show their children how to minister, the teachers in my class were the parent’s of the kids in my class. I have been blessed with a pastor that agrees with that conviction and has told me to fall the calling of the Lord to take that approach again.

    If you have all things ready, the teachers are happier. The less your teachers have to prepare the happier they are and the more they come back to help. I hope this helps anyone. God Bless.

  4. says

    This is good, Tony. I am going to put these ideas to immediate use! I so appreciate that prayer is an essential ingredient.

  5. says

    Here’s my 4 steps for a recruiting conversation:
    1. Explain what the position is and what it entails.
    2. Explain why you thought of them–encourage them that they would be a valuable asset.
    3. Provide them with how long of a commitment it would be.
    4. Ask them to pray over it and set up a time to get back with them if they don’t seem gung ho at the start (I usually tell them I’ll get back with them in 4-5 days)

    Andy Johnson

  6. says

    This is a good way to bring on new volunteers. I take it that by “restarting” the list you don’t immediately contact people who said “no” earlier, rather you consider fresh sources of people who might be interested in helping out.

    I believe that being specific with people about what they will be doing is important. Not everyone is gifted as a teacher, but they make for wonderful helpers. Some helpers eventually become teachers as the Holy Spirit guides them and expands their talents.

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