A friend posted this on their Facebook the other day . . .
It got me to thinking. Trust is an essential part of children’s ministry . . .
- parents need to be able to trust us
- children need to be able to trust us
- our volunteers need to be able to trust us
- we need to be able to trust our volunteers
- if we have not already done so, sit down and develop a child safety policy. Put in writing what you do to make your children’s ministry a safe place. Be sure to include the following – volunteer screening (background check, interview, application) – student to volunteer ratios (including minimum number of volunteers who must be present at all times when children are in the children’s ministry) – policy regarding married couples serving at the same time in the same classroom (do you require an additional unrelated adult?) – minimum age for volunteers – bathroom policy – sick child policy – sign in/pick up policy – driver policy (who can drive children on church activities, do you check their driving record?) These are just a few to get in writing. Make this information available to parents.
- spend time with the parents – get to know them. Talk to them. Listen to them. Pray with them and for them.
- do what you say you will do.
- provide opportunities for parents and volunteers to build a relationship – plan socials, prayer times and anything you can do to encourage communication.