Welcome to the Kidmin1124.com Volunteer Champion of the Week. There are thousands and thousands of volunteers who turn out each weekend and selflessly serve children in churches around the globe. They do not do what they do for recognition or accolades, but at Kidmin1124 we would like to shine a light on some of these volunteers as a way to say “Thank You!” So, each week we recognize one volunteer from the world of kidmin who goes above and beyond in their service to God’s kids. Our hope is that this segment will provide some well deserved recognition to individual volunteers. More importantly though, we have asked these Volunteer Champions to share some of their insights and experiences with us so that we can all learn from their wisdom.
This week’s recipients, based on a nomination from Fletcher Lang, is (drum roll please):
1. What is your full name?
2. Where do you live (city, state, country)?
Louisville, KY, USA
3. What church do you attend and serve at (please feel free to include the web address of your church)?
4. How long have you been involved in children’s ministry?
5. What position(s) do you volunteer at in your children’s ministry?
Two & Three yr old teacher, Pre- School Area Leader
6. Tell us about your family (spouse, kids, etc.)
My husband, Daniel, and I have been married for about a year and a half.
We also asked Katie to share some thoughts and wisdom on some selected questions. Here is what she had to say:
1. What do you know today that you wish you knew when you first started working in children’s ministry?
In general, children under 4 have an attention span equal to their age in minutes. Structuring class time around that principle (i.e. having many short activities to break up the time) would have made it much more effective and enjoyable.
2. What have you learned about leadership as a volunteer?
I’ve learned that as a leader you should be the most willing servant to do the least glamorous job.
3. As a volunteer yourself, what advice would you give to a new or young children’s pastor who needs help learning to recruit or retain volunteers?
To recruit: make your needs known; there are more people than you realize that want to help, but if they don’t know the need, they’ll never volunteer.
To retain: make your appreciation known; emails, little gifts, snacks at the service, or even just a verbal thank you lets the volunteers know you don’t take them for granted.
4. What is the single greatest lesson God has taught you through your volunteering in children’s ministry?
Though it may not seem like preschoolers are listening to, let alone retaining, the lesson, God still works in their hearts. Continually teaching the Gospel to young children builds a foundation of truth and faith in Jesus Christ.
To Children’s Pastors and Others who would like to nominate a volunteer for Kidmin1124 Volunteer Champion of the Week:
We need your help! We are looking for additional nominations for future Kidmin1124.com Volunteer Champion of Week recipients to keep this segment going. If you have a volunteer, or know of a volunteer, who really goes above and beyond, please e-mail their name, e-mail address and brief explanation of why you are nominating them (a sentence or so) to firstname.lastname@example.org. We need your help to make this series a success.
Prior Recipients of the Award:
Prior recipients of the Kidmin1124 Volunteer Champion the Week Award include:
- “Funny Man” Dan Lee-Archer [09/24/10]
- Steve Testerman [10/08/10]
- Pam Aikens [10/15/10]
- Kurtis Miller [10/22/10]
- Amy Kirby [10/29/10]
- Jennifer Longenecker [11/05/10]
- Jessica Lindsey [11/12/10]
- Julie Reising [11/26/10]
- John Langdon [12/03/10]
- Stuart Aldridge [01/14/11]
- Kathi Hand [01/21/11]
- Jenny Montgomery [01/28/11]
- Adam Farragut [02/04/11]
- Linda Martin [03/04/11]
- Amber Emmette [03/11/11]
- Joan Koon [03/18/11]