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Leading a small group is one way that you can serve in children’s ministry. Small groups may look different in your church, but three basics will apply to small groups regardless of where you are.  I call them the “Three P’s of Leading a Small Group.”  They are:

1. Prayer

Prayer is so important. You need to be in prayer for your kids, your pastor, and your team. You need to be in prayer over the entire service – inviting the Holy Spirit in. You want to pray for any first time visitors and families who will be coming through your doors for the first time.   In short, you should be in consistent prayer for the kids who are already in the ministry and those who will be coming.

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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.

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In the area of policies and procedures, the procedures are what you actually do to facilitate the service. This is the nuts and bolts of your service or your ministry. It’s how you carry out the vision that has been cast. No matter how wonderful and inspired your policy and programming are, if you don’t actually do what you say your are going to do, it will fall short of accomplishing what you mean to accomplish.

For a nursery ministry, the most important “procedure” to implement is to love the children that are brought to you for care. This first connection of being loved at God’s House often comes from those serving in the nursery. It is both a great privilege and a great responsibility.

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Volunteer Training Nuggets 300If you work in children’s ministry, your ultimate goal is to teach kids about Christ and help to point them to him.  In order to do this, it is important to understand the different ways that kids learn.  In general, kids can be classified as one of three types of learners:

  1. Auditory
  2. Visual
  3. Kinesthetic

In order to reach the kids you are leading, it is important that you plan your lesson to reach kids in all three groups.  So, let’s take just a minute to define each type then we will look at some tips for reaching kids which each type of learning style.

Definition of Learning Styles

  • Auditory Learners are kids who learn best by listening to the spoken word.  This type of learner makes up about 30% of the general population.
  • Visual Learners are those kids who learn best by what they see.  This represents about 60% of the general population.
  • Kinesthetic Learners learn by doing.  They are, what you would call, hands on learners.  They represent only 10% of the general population.

While kids will tend towards one of these three styles, that does not mean that they can not learn from the other styles.  A child’s primary learning style simply represents the way that they learn best.

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Volunteer Training Nuggets 300Here at Kidmin1124, we are devoted to volunteers and those who lead them.  Today, we are starting a new series here on Kidmin1124 called “Volunteer Training Nuggets.”  Our team of writers will tackle a variety of issues that come up when training volunteers.  These issues will run the gamut of information volunteers need.  They will include articles on teaching techniques, policies and procedures, leading a small group, building relationships, discipline, resources, running a nursery and many many more.

Our hope is that these Nuggets of training will help two distinct groups.  First, and foremost, these nuggets are meant for volunteers.  If you volunteer in children’s ministry, you know that in order to lead kids you have to be a constant learner.  We must constantly strive to be better at reaching kids for God’s Kingdom.  We hope that these articles will help you to continue to grow and learn when it comes to working in children’s ministry.  Whether you learn something new from these article or your memory is refreshed by something you read, we hope that you, as a children’s ministry volunteer, will be edified by these articles.

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