There are a lot of misconceptions out there about what Children’s Ministry is and isn’t. Here are the top 4 I’m hearing right now:
1. Children’s pastors aren’t real pastors
Some of the most caring and genuine pastors I know dedicate their life to serving children. We often focus too much on the “children” part of the title – the audience, where we should perhaps focus on the “pastor” part of the title – our job description.
2. Children’s pastors are just glorified babysitters
Many times church members think this because they drop their kids off, go out, pick their kids up, and go home; just like they would do with a babysitter. They don’t always get to see how hard our teams work to help kids experience meaningful worship, engage in meaningful relationships, and foster a desire to develop a meaningful role in their world.
3. Children’s pastors are all women
It’s easy to think this since there aren’t very many men in children’s ministry. A lot of people associate caring for kids as “women’s work” anyway. Thankfully more and more men are taking the call to children’s ministry seriously, but there’s still a long way to go on this one.
4. Children’s pastors aren’t fun
With all the schedules, meetings, crafts, lesson plans, and safety procedures, kids pastors don’t have time to have fun. Besides, they’re not real pastors and are just the church’s babysitters anyway. Lie!
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What other misconceptions are out there about Children’s Ministry?