Evaluate-group

Evaluate, Evaluate, Evaluate.

Leadership / Leadership //


I love children’s ministry and it is likely pretty safe to assume, most – if not all – of you who read About the Children’s Department, also love children’s ministry. Because we love children’s ministry, it is very easy to focus on what we are doing: Sunday School, Mid-Week, Summer Ministry, Special Events, recruiting volunteers, training volunteers, keeping our ministry safe, volunteer appreciation, parent meetings, etc . . . and all of these are absolutely things for us to focus on. But, along with these things, do we make evaluating everything a priority or do we run from one thing to the next without ever really stopping to see if we are “hitting the mark”?

If we are not committed to “hitting the mark”, then we run the risk of becoming a children’s ministry which is just “fluff”. One which is a fun place to be; one which does fun things, but one which is not truly helping children know and walk with Jesus for all of their lives.

To be sure your ministry is “hitting the mark”, you need to do the following . . .

  • Have a written ministry purpose, aim, goal so you know what the “mark” is which you are trying to “hit”
  • Put together evaluating teams comprised of parents who have children participating in each ministry opportunity, volunteers who are serving, children who are participating and yourself. Meet with your team every month, quarter or at least twice a year to evaluate how effective you really are. Ask your team what they liked best about each opportunity you offer. Ask what they liked least. Ask what they would like to see you do; or do differently. Ask children what they learned and how they have lived it in their lives. Ask parents what their children learned and how they are living it in their lives.
  • Be sure each person knows you want to know what they REALLY think; not to worry about hurting your feelings because you really want to know what is working and what is not working.
Evaluating is an absolute necessity if our children’s ministries are going to be truly effective; and they must be truly effective. Yes, we want them to be fun and places where children want to be, but we also want children to know, love and walk with Jesus because they have been part of our children’s ministries. Evaluate so your children’s ministry can be both!

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About the Author

Lynda Freeman has 40+ years of experience working in Children's Ministry. She has served a children's director for churches of 1600 people - as well as in churches of 100 people. Lynda has been a consultant for Gospel Light, Group  and ZonderKidz/Big Idea, ZonderKidz/Promiseland. Currently she is known for her reviews of curriculum and church resources, she writes kidz Connection curriculum and her other blog, grandma's cookie jar!