Getting Kids Involved: Simple Jobs in Kidmin

Getting Kids Involved: Simple Jobs in Kidmin

Do the kids in your ministry help out?

After being challenged by both Karl Bastian and a class at I took at Children’s Ministry University Online (CMUO) a few years back, I’ve been working hard to get the kids to take more responsibility in our kids program.

Karl Bastian, from Kidology,  says, “Don’t ever do something a kid could do for you!” If a kid can hold a prop, let him.  If a kid can do the puppet skit, don’t break your back trying to be four different characters!   If a kid can carry supplies back to the office for you, hand him the key! Of course, it takes time (and training!) to get kids involved and sometimes it just doesn’t seem worth it.

Let me assure you, it is worth it.

Not only will you eventually have a great team of helpers, you will also be training the  next generation of leaders for a lifetime of service.

Dick Gruber, author of Cultivating a Cutting-Edge Children’s Church puts it this way:

“Picture with me the adult service.  There sits an incredible pool of talent that may never rise beyond spiritual bench warming.  These believers were taught in Sunday school and children’s church of yesteryear to sit quietly and listen.  They were not allowed to hold objects…run the sound system…or pray for one another.  These students grew into lethargic adulthood.  Now they sit in serene Sunday repose week after dreary week.  These adults are doing what they were compelled to do as children.  They sit quietly doing nothing for God.” (p 20-21)

Wow.  That’s a lot of responsibility sitting on the shoulder’s of the Children’s Ministry director, don’t you think?  But it’s true.  We are raising up the next batch of leaders and we need to let them know it’s their responsibility to serve God with their gifts and talents.

Getting Started

How do we start to get kids involved in ministry?  Start slow.   One of the mistakes I made after taking my CMUO class was diving headlong into getting kids involved in ministry.  It was too much, too fast and it kind of crashed and burned around me.  I learned to start with easy jobs.  Holding a prop during the lesson is always a great idea.  Passing out papers and crayons is another great one.  Simple jobs that require no training or skills are a great way to introduce the concept of helping in your ministry.   I bet you’re already past all that, though.  🙂

Taking the Next Step

We have a few jobs that require a bit more commitment and leadership.  We post the jobs on the wall using these super fun Wall Sticker from Amazon.  They are $10 for a set of 31 circles (various sizes).  You can remove them and reposition them as many times as you want, and they don’t hurt the wall!

We write the job on the circle itself and then place note cards with the kids names underneath.  Each month, the names change. Kids pay attention too! They have begun to be anxious for their turn to serve!

Now Hiring!

What jobs do we put on the circles?

  • Registration Table (this one requires direct supervision, but the kids get to check off names as kids come in)
  • Lights (turning off lights for movie clips or song time…this needs a responsible kid!)
  • Worship Team (helping to lead songs and do the motions)
  • Timers (our small group leaders meet for 10 minutes at the start of the night.  We had out timers in case they don’t have a watch)
  • Prayer (I bet you can figure this one out on your own!)
  • Snacks (the most coveted job, partly because snack helper usually gets a double helping!)
  • Sound Booth (this isn’t on the circles, but we do have 2-3 kids that work with an adult to run the powerpoint and sound)

Looking Towards the Future

Ideally, I would love see the kids get involved in the lesson in a more substantial way.  We’ve had puppets before, but the leader for that group was snatch away to teach the adults (sigh).   I would love to have kids practicing parts at home and then arrive on Wednesday nights, ready to do a Bible skit.     I would also love to see greeters who feel led to be especially welcoming to newcomers.

What About You?

What jobs are your kids doing?  What jobs do you wish they were doing?  Leave me a comment!  I’d love to hear about it! Also be sure to check out “Kids in Ministry” class at CMUO!

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Comments

  1. Nice blog post. I was fortunate enough (even though at the time I felt it was a curse) when I entered the ministry some 20 years ago to really have no volunteers except the kids at the inner city church plant. I too hooked up with Karl Bastian who poured this same valuable information into my life.

    As the years continued and I saw how ministry was being reproduced through the kids, I began to realize the true value of turning the kids into the ministers. Now I would not change a thing. Kids do everything from greeter, check in, all aspects of the service and ministry, even preach.
    Todd McKeever recently posted..Martin Luther King Jr – Did you know

  2. Thanks for stopping by, Todd! That’s my dream for someday too. Unfortunately for me, I started as “one man show” and have had a hard time turning things over to people who might “mess it up”. Jim Wideman once said, “You didn’t used to be as good as you either. But someone gave you a chance to mess it all up and you learned.” I’ve learned to give others more room to grow! I am so pleased with the kids and their willingness to learn and look forward to seeing them serve as adults as well!

  3. Great blog post and so glad to hear you are equipping kids in ministry, it will become a highlight of your ministry! Keep up the great work! The best thing you have going for you is a teachable spirit and a desire to always be improving – that will take you far!
    Karl Bastian recently posted..Another Kidology Coaching Graduate Says “Thanks”

  4. Hey Karl,

    Thanks for stopping by! It has been such a blessing and so encouraging to see kids serving in the ministry. I know I can be away for a week and things will still run smoothly because kids will step up to the plate!

    Lindsey

  5. So this re-tweeted and checked it out. Great post!! I’ve always used kids in ministry. I started with the older kids (5th & 6th graders) and as the younger children saw them serving, they began to have a desire to serve as well. I cannot imagine doing kids’ ministry without kids actually having an opportunity to be in ministry!

  6. I agree, Bill. It took a little extra work on the front end, but now I really rely on the kids and love to see the great ideas they come up with.

Trackbacks

  1. […] Getting Kids Involved: Simple Jobs in Children’s Ministry […]