It’s been a few years, but I still remember the first time I read this encouraging poem about children’s ministry. It came in an email to me from a friend. It really spoke to me about the struggles and joys of being a kids pastor. Later I learned that poem was written by Roger Fields of Kidz Blitz ministries. […]
In most churches, finding volunteers for is a constant struggle. This is one major roadblock to growth on Sundays. Most children’s ministers spend hours recruiting for Sunday school, church nursery, vacation Bible school, and other children’s ministry programs. This shouldn’t be the case. If people really understood the spiritual blessings of serving God’s kids, we would have to start a volunteer waiting list. […]
We surveyed 400 children ministry leaders and analyzed the latest research. Here’s what we learned. Jesus loves the little ones – that’s why we love to serve in this mission. Every person (no matter their age) was created to have a personal relationship with Christ. It’s the most pressing need in this life and the mission of every believers to share that message.
There was a funny thread on the forums at CM Connect and I thought I would share some of it here. For the whole scoop, check out this comment thread on their site. Basically, they wanted to come up with some funny “job requirements” for children’s ministry. Here are a few of my favorites, I hope they connect with your sense of humor!
The little ones matter to God – its the #1 reason why children’s ministry is so important. Sundays are when we get to express that love in our church programming. Get this list in a printable PDF or scroll down to see even more. Reference links to comparison translations. Luke 18:16 But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for […]
A few weeks back, I asked our readers to answer one simple question – why do you love kidmin? The response has been amazing and each answer has personally encouraged me. This post is an edited list of those responses, with a few of my own mixed in. I tried to combine duplicate answers. Leave us a comment and help it grow.
Too often serving in the church nursery can seem like the least important job on Sundays. One of the key tasks for children’s ministry leaders is to help volunteers understand their importance. With that in mind, I offer these following 7 reasons why serving in the church nursery is important. Click here for a print-friendly version of this […]
Does a Sunday school class require a quorum? There are some churches out there that require golf carts to move through parking lots, tags and intercoms for childcare, and separate staff just to organize coffee fellowship. The elementary and preschool departments have their own facility! Their annual budget for curriculum is more than you would believe. These are the congregations with fog machines, headliner worship bands, and personalized latte brands.
9 Steps to Launching a Kids Program at Your Church — How do I organize a new program? Starting a children’s ministry from scratch can be a big challenge. You have to navigate parental expectations, curriculum options, and hundreds of little questions about how things should work. Maybe your program is strong but have you considered special needs children’s ministry!
Kid church or big church? That is the question many parents are asking lately. When I began in children’s ministry, back in 1997, (oh my!) age specific programs weren’t wildly popular in my area but over the years, the trend has caught on. Now I am happy to report we have some amazing ministries that reach and growth.
The childrens pastor is like magical unicorns, strange creatures that are largely misunderstood — that is if you believe the myths about them. Having been involved in ministry for over 20 years I can assure you that I have heard just about everything. I am not offended by what I have heard just amused […]
Starting in a new job is intimidating anyway, but a new job in a new church with new people can be overwhelming. There are things that you can do right away that can set you up for success in ministry. Consider this a strategy for long-term success. There are also things that you can do that can get your children’s ministry set off […]
We’re not the only source of articles, lessons, and activity ideas to help your kids’ ministry. Below are some other excellent blogs & websites that we strongly recommend. The articles below are all offsite links and will take you away from our site (but we hope you come back soon!). These are places we recommend and trust for their quality curriculum, training, ideas, and resources.
- As a parent, your top priority is teaching your kids the one thing God expects of them. There is surprisingly only one characteristic that God prioritizes as a requirement for […]
- Don’t limit who He is in their lives, in the lives of teachers and administrators who follow Him, and His Spirit that is everywhere, calling all of […]
- It's a difficult conversation but we must learn how to talk to kids about sexual abuse. I would suggest following the H.E.L.P. plan (or something similar […]
- The belief that Millennial men are an unreachable generation is a myth. The interests and methods of communication may have changed, but the message hasn’t. God […]
Sam Luce (Children’s Pastor)
- In the month of March this while our youngest child was in Kindergarten my wife knew that her class would be making crafts and setting leprerhacon […]
- A couple of years ago I read the novel Silence by Shusaku Endo, I think of it often. There was something about it that was historical […]
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Kids’ Ministry FAQs
According Children’s Ministry Magazine: The full-time salary range was $40,000 to $44,999. While the part-time range was less than $10,000 to $14,999. Compensations vary widely based on gender, education, church size, marital status, and locations.
The job description of a children’s pastor includes oversight of church program for kids and support of parents in their role of family discipleship. This position includes volunteer recruitment, curriculum selection, event planning (camps and VBS), and outreach visitation. In most cases, the children’s pastor reports to the senior pastor. They collaborate with youth ministry leadership to ensure a smooth transition from the elementary to the middles school departments.
Junior church is another term used for children’s church. This is a separate program for kids offered during the adult worship service. Typically components include age-appropriate teaching, fun crafts, learning actives and child-friendly worship music. Attendees are taught to use their Bibles and hear messages centered on the basics of Christianity.
In larger congregations, the credentials are equivalent to public school teachers. This includes a Bachelor’s Degree and an advanced degree from a Christian College or Seminary. In smaller churches, often parents are hired as part-time children’s ministry jobs. Many careers start as parents who serve as volunteers for their local congregation. Only later do they receive special training from denominational conferences.
No: In most churches, the Sunday School teacher is a volunteer position. There are some exceptions for large congregations, popular guest speakers, or when a paid staff pastors leads a class. There are a growing number of online Sunday School classes, where the teacher uses digital media and downloads to make class access easy for everyone.
Sunday School is an ongoing program of Christian Education with the aim of forming lifelong followers of Jesus Christ. Bible studies are offered in separate age groups patterned after public education. Done right, participants discover their spiritual gifts and find practical ways to serve Christ. In some churches, Sunday School has an evangelistic component where those curious about the Christian Faith can learn and ask questions.
What Readers Say About Ministry-To-Children
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Super cool! What an awesome approach.Our church is small but might. I think my preschoolers would love this.
YES!! This is it! RELATIONSHIP! SPOT ON!!! Thank you
Our staff is transferring into this curriculum and loving it. Kids are pleased every week.
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What is children’s ministry? (Kids Ministry)
Many Christian Churches, offer programs and events for children. These actives are normal separate from the main adult worship service of the congregation. This is a specific emphasis of Christian Education, to ensure the next generation believes and follows the teaching of their parents.
What is #KidMIN
This is an often used abbreviation for kids ministry used on social media platforms. Kidmin means ministry to kids.
In short – telling kids about Jesus!