The silent killer of children's ministries

There's a silent killer of Children's Ministries.  What is it?  SILENCE!

Watch out for these silent killers...

Silent kids.  Kids learn more by talking and interacting than they do by listening.  Your classrooms should be noisy places.  Train your leaders to stop saying, "Sit still and be quiet" and to start saying, "Let's talk about this together."  And...make sure you choose a curriculum that is written in that style.

Silent volunteers.  If you're not getting feedback from volunteers, you're either not asking for it or they don't feel the freedom to share it.  Open up the lines of communication.

Silent guests.  One of the best ways to improve your ministry is by getting feedback from first-time guests.  Create simple tools that guests can use to give you feedback about their visit. 

Silent parents.  If parent's aren't talking with their kids during the week about what they learned on Sunday, then kids' spiritual growth will be stagnate.  Provide tools and pathways for parents to disciple their kids and emphasize it constantly.