Why Children’s Ministry Might be the Most Important Position on Your Team–An Interview with Gina McClain

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Many senior leaders dismiss family ministry as something that simply needs to be done but don’t assign it the priority deserves.

That’s why every leader needs to hear Gina McClain.

An incredible leader, Gina has spearheaded thriving family ministry at and at Faith Promise Church and shares so much…including how to hire the ideal family ministry person to help your church grow.

Welcome to Episode 46 of the Podcast.

Guest Links: Gina McClain

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3 Things You Can Do Right Away

One of the most important positions you hire for in your church is your children’s ministry leader. Gina tells us how to hire a leader who can produce, and what makes them effective in their position.

  1. Set up volunteers to win. As a leader, if you can nurture an environment that volunteers want to be a part of, they’ll want to keep coming back. Put yourself in their position and ask, “What is it like to work in my ministry?” and “If I wouldn’t, what needs to change?” Set your team up for success. Volunteers need you to identify what you want them to do and how you want it done. If you can remove ambiguity, you’ll create a winning team that people will want to be part of.
  2. Identify leaders who click with parents. There are characteristics that are critically important to the success of kids ministry, because if you win with kids, you win over their families. A good leader must be able to lead others. They should be approachable, possess a can-do attitude and be ready with a solution. A children’s ministry leader needs to strive to grow and improve, have strong relational ability and can lean into uncomfortable conversations.
  3. Leverage family to help senior leaders see the growth potential for the church. No pastor wakes up and says, “I hope my church doesn’t grow this year.” A great kids ministry will help a church grow. Parents may drag their kids to school, but they won’t drag them to church. But if children have a church they love, they’ll influence their parents to attend because parents want their children to love church. It’s so easy for a senior leader to dismiss the needs of children’s ministry, but they need to listen to the needs of the leader.

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About the Author

Carey Nieuwhof is lead pastor of Connexus Community Church and author of the best selling books, Leading Change Without Losing It and Parenting Beyond Your Capacity. Carey speaks to North American and global church leaders about change, leadership, and parenting. Follow Carey on Twitter: