Feb 8, 2016

10 Simple Ways to Immediately Improve Your Children's Ministry

Here's 10 simple things you can implement that will immediately improve your children's ministry.

#1 - Add music in the hallway.  Having music playing in the hallway when families are coming and going will greatly enhance the mood and atmosphere.

This can be as simple as using a portable CD player or iPod with a speaker.

#2 - Fresh paint.  Can't afford to remodel or theme out your children's area?  A simple coat of kid-friendly paint can make a world of difference.

#3 - Ask parents how long you should wait before paging them if their child starts crying.  This takes the guessing out of it and will immediately help new parents feel at ease when they are dropping off their child in the nursery.

#4 - Send handwritten notes to guests instead of emails or form letters.  In the day of technology, a handwritten note is gold and shows people you really care.

#5 - Have your greeters at the doors after the service.  Ask your greeters to be at the doors after the service to tell people good-bye as they are leaving.  This extra touch will make a huge impact.  People remember their last few moments at church and this will make those last few minutes memorable.

#6 - Give guests a special sticker or name tag to let volunteers know they are new.  Volunteers will then know to give these kids extra attention and help them feel welcome.

#7 - Have a photo spot for families.  A simple backdrop with a few props will provide a great place for families to capture a memory.  Change out the backdrop based on the season.

#8 - Start a Facebook page for parents.  It's free.  It's easy.  It's a great way to connect with the parents in your ministry.

#9 - Ask someone who normally isn't in the children's area to come and be a mystery shopper.  Ask them to make a list of their observations and ways you can improve.  Having outside eyes look at your ministry will provide you with valuable feedback.

#10 - Meet with a group of kids and get their feedback on how to improve the ministry.  This simple meeting will give you valuable tips on how to take your ministry to the next level.

Your turn.  Share some simple ideas you've used to improve your children's ministry in the comment section below.

4 comments:

We did a redecorating project in our children's wing, on a shoestring budget. (Small church ministry!). We painted bright colored geometric shapes in the hallway, and in side larger shapes we painted smaller squares, where we posted pictures of activities & events that we have had. (with permission from kids parents in the pictures) The children were so proud to see their pictures hanging up and even suggested some poses and things to do for new pictures as we change them up. It's amazing what paint and some re-organizing can do!

Reve Wife, That's awesome. I know the kids loved it. Thanks for ministering to kids. What you do matters...a lot!

I have just joined our team as children's director....small church that keeps getting smaller and small budget. I love your site! So many wonderful tips and ideas. Thank you so much!

Great to hear from you Mrs. T. Praying with you for a turnaround as you and your church seek to reach kids and families.

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