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50 Ways You Can Improve Your Kids’ Ministry

Leadership / Personal Development //

Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest difference. Here’s a list of fifty little things that you can do to inject new life into your children’s ministry.

1. Introduce yourself to parents.
2. Smile.
3. Acknowledge volunteers as often as possible.
4. Tell stories when you teach. Lots of them.
5. Read from a children’s bible on your own.
6. When talking with kids, use their names.
7. Ask kids about their favorite snack. And get it.
8. Look for ways to use technology creatively and well.
9. Pray with other people.
10. Write down all of your great ideas.
11. Get out of your office when possible.
12. Spend time alone with God.
13. Share Facebook posts or Tweets that intrigue you.
14. Read 3 books about child development, technology, and learning styles.
15. Ask for feedback on your teaching.
16. Thank people.
17. Keep the gospel central to your teaching.
18. Decorate your meeting room.
19. Invest in the good crayons.
20. Ask other KidMin leaders to get together occasionally.
21. Pursue regular Bible study personally.
22. Don’t take yourself to seriously.
23. Give your pastor specific ways he or she can pray for you.
24. Write hand-written thank-you notes.
25. Have a budget.
26. Ask your kids questions.
27. Give yourself enough time on Sunday morning to get excited.
28. Blog. Just write down what you think.
29. Take days off.
30. Use social media.
31. Hold a contest for your kids.
32. Take pictures often.
33. Ask your pastor if you can speak on a Sunday morning sometime.
34. Keep a journal.
35. Talk with parents about curriculum choices.
36. Tell stories when you share ministry updates with other staff.
37. Commit your ministry to child safety and security.
38. Learn to shrug off criticism.
39. Accept compliments with gratitude.
40. Color with crayons on your own time once and a while.
41. Show up at school events.
42. Pray for your kids by name.
43. Use music during your meeting time.
44. Watch kids’ movies. And learn the songs.
45. Meet outside sometimes.
46. Always look for potential leaders.
47. Serve with your kids. And their families.
48. Evaluate at least 3 curriculum choices before you buy.
49. Ask kids to pray during your meeting time or during a worship service.
50. Commit yourself to being a lifetime learner.

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About the Author

Brannon Marshall is Director of Global Church Engagement for Awana and serves on staff at Christ Community Church. He has served as a church planter and youth pastor, and is a frequent speaker on issues relating to church health. Brannon and his wife, Mandie, live in Elgin, IL, with their children: Joseph, Carston, and Hannah.