Dealing with Transitions as a Volunteer

Wendy Douglas —  June 15, 2011

If you spend any length of time volunteering in children’s ministry, transition is inevitable. That might mean a new Children’s Pastor, a new curriculum, new volunteers, implementing new rules, or a new position. When these things happen, there is a transition period moving from the previous to the next. This time of transition will be what you make it. Most people are resistant to change, but in children’s ministry we have to keep moving forward which means that change will happen.

Here are a few ways to make your transition time easier:

  • pray
  • listen
  • talk about it
  • give it time
  • be supportive

The way I am dealing with my time of transition right now is looking forward to what the future will bring in our children’s ministry due to these changes. Envisioning how they will impact our team, our kids, and our families for God’s glory.

What kind of transitions have you experienced or are you experiencing?

How are you dealing with your time of change?

Wendy Douglas

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Wendy is married to a warrior for the last 18 years and Mom to three boys. She volunteers in KidzPlace at The Gathering Church in Sevierville, TN. She reads almost anything she can get her hands on. In addition to contributing to Kidmin1124, she maintains her own blog called Saved Sister at http://savedsister7.blogspot.com/.

2 responses to Dealing with Transitions as a Volunteer

  1. Great tips Wendy. Here’s the interesting tip I’ve learned over the years: only the people that are making the change are the ones that initially like it. Change makes everyone feel uncomfortable. If it wasn’t even a little difficult, then it wouldn’t be change. People making changes have already processed through all the emotions related to it. Sometimes we forget that others have to begin the process we’ve already gone through. Your steps outline positive reactions to change really well.

  2. Just this last month my husband & I left the church that we have attended for the last 15 years. It was 90 miles from our home. I served in Awana, initially as a Leader (in every level of club from Sparks to Journey) to finally as the Director (and still a Leader) in Sparks. Leaving behind all the children & my church family was a difficult transition but I had been praying for a church closer to home that I could begin serving in Awana immediately after switching. God directed us to our new church, only 4 miles from home! I am serving in Awana, and by my choice, I am filling in for any leader absences until I get to know the children, the other Leaders & learn how they run their club. I hope to serve Him many more years at our new church home. Transitions and change can be difficult but “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”