Surprisingly, it is not communicating with kids...it's not putting together great lessons...it's not creating cool environments...it's not leading great events.
All of those things are important, but I believe the one thing you must focus on to succeed in children's ministry is building a volunteer team.
The success of your ministry hinges on the strength of the volunteer team you build. Read everything you can about building and leading volunteer teams. Connect with leaders who have built great volunteer teams and glean from them. Spend the biggest percentage of your time building a volunteer team.
Here's the bottom line. Your success in children's ministry will not based on what you do, but on what you empower others to do.
Need some tips on building a volunteer team? If you haven't read it, here's 10 Simple Secrets to Building a Great Volunteer Team.