The Two Types of Leaders Every Child Needs

The Two Types of Leaders Every Child Needs

Which phase of a kid’s life do you think is more important? There are actually two answers to that question. . . Answer 1 The phase that should matter most is the one you are working with now. In other words, you should learn to champion the age group you work with so you can become a specialist. That’s why churches need age-group pastors or directors. Specialists provide focus, and focus gives a ministry momentum and relevance. The difference between a stagnant swamp and a flowing river is... Read More
Why Your Ministry Needs a Champion

Why Your Ministry Needs a Champion

If you’re reading this article, more than likely it’s because you influence children or teenagers. That puts you in a unique tribe of leaders who spend every week teaching, programming, and leading the next generation. It also means it’s up to you. You are in a position to change how adults in your church see kids and teenagers, how nonbelieving parents see your church, how Christian families see their neighbors, and how lead pastors see children and youth ministry. You have a list of... Read More
The 3 Elements of Every Phase

The 3 Elements of Every Phase

Every phase is crucial. Every phase has its own: 1. Significant Relationships. The significant relationships in a child’s life include parents, small group leaders, decision makers, first cousins, and senior pastors. If you gain influence in a kid’s life now, you stand a better chance of having influence with them later when it matters even more. That’s why every phase of a kid’s life gives your church a new opportunity to connect kids to a significant relationship. Remember,... Read More
Why Kids Need More Than Just Their Parents

Why Kids Need More Than Just Their Parents

If no volunteer can ever know what a parent knows, then why recruit anyone to help with kids and teenagers? It would definitely make things easier if you could just tell parents, “Since you know more than we can ever know, and you have more time than we will ever have, and you care about this more than we ever will, this is really up to you as the parent.” You could also misquote Deuteronomy 6 to convince parents it’s their job alone, not the church’s to raise their kids. Just skip the part of... Read More
Parent and Small Group Leader: A Child Needs Both

Parent and Small Group Leader: A Child Needs Both

Last Friday you put on some tunes and busted a move in front of your totally-mortified middle school sons. Then tonight they came home from the dance doing the sprinkler, just like you taught ’em—only they gave credit to Jeff, their small group leader. What gives? And it’s not just your own kids, either. One of the toddlers you teach at church lost it over a missing toy on Sunday. You tried to talk her through it with no luck. In the end all she needed was a big hug from mom and the... Read More