Working in children’s ministry is a great privilege and a great responsibility. While it is important to have enough volunteers to maintain the safety of the children, it is also important that volunteers meet certain minimum characteristics in order to serve in children’s ministry. While the individual qualifications may vary by church, the following are some basic requirements which apply to all children’s ministries.
The Non-Negotiable Requirements
There are certain requirements which should be made of all volunteers. These are not dependent on your needs, or your church, or your lead pastor, or anything else. These requirements are fundamental to having a safe and effective children’s ministry.
1. You must be a professing believer in Christ and strive to live your life as such.
Being a Christian is a key to working in children’s ministry. The spiritual nourishment of God’s children is at stake, and it would be negligent to allow people who do not know Christ to fill that role. There are many other volunteer positions in a church that non-believers can fill should they desire. Children’s ministry should not be.
2. You must have a clean criminal record and good references.
The safety of our children must be a primary concern. Accordingly, everyone who works in children’s ministry should have a clean background check and good references. Screening, along with a personal interview, should be a fundamental step in accepting any volunteer application.
3. A Volunteer must continue to attend services and tend to their own spiritual growth.
In any ministry, and particularly in children’s ministry, we minister out of our own overflow. Regularly attending service (or listening to recordings of services if multiple services are not available) is one key to continuing your own spiritual growth. Things like regular time in the Bible, being involved in community and regular prayer time are also fundamental. In order to minister to kids you have to make sure that you are being filled regularly and consistently.