Recruiting…But Not From The Stage 

Recruiting…But Not From The Stage 

I’ve been in some level of family ministry for over 20 years, and there is one statement I don’t think I’ve heard anyone say, “We have so many volunteers I really hope no one else wants to serve!” The fact of the matter is that most kid and student ministries are always looking for ways to recruit volunteers and retain the ones that we already have. While the easiest thing to do is say that we need more stage time, or wish the senior leader would talk about the needs of kid and student... Read More
Developing Your Ministry Volunteers to Serve Well 

Developing Your Ministry Volunteers to Serve Well 

As the breadth of your ministry grows, so will the opportunity and need for new team members. Maybe you’ve seen a consistent trend of growth in your preschool programming, and you’re running out of bandwidth to invest in and develop your growing team of preschool ministry volunteers. It could be that the number of small groups in your middle and high school ministry has grown to the point you can no longer model what you’re expecting your small group leaders to do—to know, care for, and follow... Read More
Getting Everyone to See That Every Phase Matters 

Getting Everyone to See That Every Phase Matters 

The phase, or the time in a kid’s life that we influence significant relationships, understand present realities, and leverage distinctive opportunities, flow in a continuum that requires all kid and student ministry workers to have a basic knowledge how one impacts the other. The four phases that allow us to embrace, engage, affirm, and mobilize a kid from birth into adulthood do not stand alone. One phase directly affects another and the needs of one phase never completely dissipates. They... Read More
Mobilizing Your Volunteer Team for Influence 

Mobilizing Your Volunteer Team for Influence 

If you are employed by a church to lead a church ministry, I want to change your job description. No matter the ministry you were hired to lead, your job isn’t what you think it is. Your volunteers are your job. Their job is your ministry. You’re not called to build ministries. You’re called to build disciples. Until you embrace this paradigm shift, your church’s culture of volunteerism will never reach its potential. If you have volunteers who are eager to go beyond the status quo, it will... Read More
Growth Requires Change! Embrace It! 

Growth Requires Change! Embrace It! 

When my kids were younger, at two times during the year, Christmas Break and Spring Break, we would go through all the closets and storage boxes of clothes and discard anything that no longer fit. Some of the items were still in good shape. Some of the items were worn out. Some of them came with funny stories and precious memories. And dare I say that some of them still had the tags on them (Shhhhh! Don’t tell!) For most items, none of that mattered. The only criteria was whether the item... Read More