An Inside Look at 3 Great Children's Areas (and how to get ideas from other churches)

This past week, I hosted the church tour at Children's Pastor's Conference in Orlando.  We toured three churches.  Below are some pictures.

One of the best ways to learn and grow is by visiting other churches.  If you have never visited another church for ideas and inspiration (or if it's been awhile), then here's some tips.

1. Contact a church that's where you want your ministry to be one day.
2. If possible, go during a weekend service.  You'll get more ideas seeing it in action.
3. If you can't go on a weekend, then ask if you can come on a weekday when they are having staff meeting.  Observe their staff meeting as part of your visit.
4. Come with a list of questions.  Here's a few examples.
  • What's working well right now?
  • What has helped you grow?
  • What are some challenges you are facing right now?
  • If you were re-building or re-modeling your children's area again, what are a few things you would change?
5. Take some of your staff / key volunteers with you.
6. Send the church a thank you note when you get back.