Mar 31, 2016

20 Things You'll Never Regret Doing as a Children's Ministry Leader

Here's 20 things you'll never regret doing as a children's ministry leader.

1. Sharing the Gospel with kids and families. There is nothing more important.

2. Leading kids in worship.  The purity of their worship must make God smile.

3. Telling a volunteer "thank you."  Your words remind them that they matter and what they do matters.

4. Getting down on one knee to look into the eyes of a smiling preschooler.  It's one of the best things on earth.

5. Going to the hospital to pray with a family.  They won't remember what you said, but they will always remember you were there.

6. Helping a new family feel welcome.  What a joy to be Jesus' arms of love embracing them.

7. Spending money out of your own pocket to show volunteers you appreciate them.  It's one of the best investments you can make. 

8. Helping kids see that God has great plans for their life.  The seed that you plant will help them walk into their destiny.

9. Taking time to pray with a child who is going through a tough time.  Jesus took time to personally minister to children.  When you pray with a child, you're doing what matters to Jesus.

10. Believing in a volunteer and helping them discover the gifts God has placed in them.  Who you help volunteers become outweighs what you help them do.

11. Creating a place where families who are far from God can come and discover God's grace.  It doesn't get any better than seeing a family changed forever by God's love.

12. Giving a child his or her first Bible.  What a privilege to place a love letter from God into a child's hands.

13. Providing parents with the tools, resources and confidence they need to lead their children spiritually.  When you influence parents, you influence kids exponentially.

14. Baptizing someone who has stepped across the line of faith.  It's worth getting wet for every time.

15. Allowing kids to be kids and have fun at church.  They'll grow up loving to be at church.

16. Spending time with your volunteers outside of serving.  This is where lasting relationships are formed.

17. Staying at one place long enough to see kids grow up and keep serving God as adults.  You'll feel old, but it's worth every grey hair you have to color.

18. Looking in the nursery and smiling at a baby.  There is nothing more precious.  It will make your day every time.

19. Saying "yes" when it would have been easier to say "no."  At the end of the second mile is where you'll find the greatest rewards. 

20. Helping young parents dedicate their child to God.  It's awesome to be able to share in the joy and prayers of young parents as they dedicate their child to God

Your turn.  What are some other things you'll never regret doing as a children's ministry leader?  Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.

2 comments:

Good post. I have not been a children's minister but my wife has and together we've worked with kids and youth for almost 80 years, 40 each.

So many people get burned out. Seems like there is always a shortage of something, money, volunteers, kids, parent involvement, but hang in there. We are working for an eternal purpose and lives do get changed.

I've seen troubled kids that we were close to violating one of the 10 Commandments turn into amazing leaders, serving God and the church. We have been part of hundreds of kids lives that have come into a committed relationship with Jesus.

Great to hear from you Mike. Wow...80 years...what a great legacy. Thank you for your faithfulness. Your impact will continue forever.

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