You’re a V.I.P (Getting Kids Involved in Ministry)

You’re a V.I.P (Getting Kids Involved in Ministry)

It has been our habit for a long time to get kids involved in ministry whenever (and wherever!) we can.  We have them pick jobs each week, hand the service over to them once a year, and encourage a spirit of service whenever possible. A few years back, when we did our Candy All the Way Christmas play, we had a few kids who were much more comfortable backstage than on the stage.  Knowing that these kinds of jobs often are seen as "less valuable"  because they are less visible, we wanted to … [Read more...]

Thirteen Year Old Directs VBS: You Can Too!

Thirteen Year Old Directs VBS: You Can Too!

Just finished listening to an amazing podcast about 13-year old Jake who directed his church's VBS program and plans to do it again next year!  The church has an average attendance of about 100 and he recruited over 45 volunteers to pitch and help with the 55 kids in attendance.  Here are some tips he shares in order for your VBS to be a fun R.I.D.E. R: Recruit. You can't do it alone.  There is a job for everyone.  Work with your volunteers to see what they are best suited for. I: … [Read more...]

Calling all Assistants!

Calling all Assistants!

Inspired by a class I'm taking at Children's Ministry University Online, I've recently started recruiting our children's ministry kids to help out a bit more than usual. Here are some things I've learned. Serving really boosts the self-confidence of kids. We recently had a big family event at church (parents were supposed to attend with the kids). One girl didn’t have any parents with her and she’s a bit of a handful, so I made her my assistant. At first, that just meant following me around, … [Read more...]