The younger generations within our churches are often said to be the future of the church. However, children, students, and young adults currently comprise a large portion of our current church communities, which is why it’s essential that we find ways to minister to them well today.
Here are 7 effective ways to improve your church’s kid’s ministry:
- Find the right staff for the job. Working with children is not an easy task. You want to make sure this area of your church is staffed well and has the right leaders in place. This means being intentional about whom you hire and the skillsets they have. Hire a children’s leader/pastor that is passionate about discipling both children and parents, and ensure that they have strong vision casting and direction-setting abilities.
- Train your kid’s ministry workers well. Enlist strong children’s ministry workers, and ensure that you train them well. Keep workers up-to-date and train them well in how your church is approaching ministry to kids.
- Make sure your kid’s area is secure. Having a secure and safe children’s ministry is essential. As a church, make sure you have the right security in place to protect children in case of danger. Additionally, make sure you have a secure onboarding process in place and that those who are working within your children’s ministry are qualified and have safely passed a background check.
- Upgrade your kid’s facilities. Make sure the items you have in your kid’s ministry are updated and relevant for the ages they’re meant for. Make your kid’s ministry areas spacious and a place where children are excited to come to and engage and interact with others.
- Use quality teaching materials. Make sure what you’re teaching aligns with the church’s vision and is relevant to each age group. Utilize materials that kids can relate to and that will help them learn particular themes and messages from the Bible. Don’t underestimate the value in using media resources to engage all ages of children who are likely already interacting with video and audio media outside of church.
- Engage with both the children and families in your church. Discipleship doesn’t stop with the kids. We must also engage with the parents and families who play a vital part in the lives of the children we work with.
- Recognize children are a part of your larger church audience. Most days, pastors may be tempted to speak to only the adults in the room when preparing a sermon or teaching. But the reality is, there are often kids in the audience as well. When preparing lessons, utilize content where relevant to speak to kids—especially when preaching on topics relating to family and relationships—that they can apply to their current lives.