Every Kids’ Ministry leader I know wants their ministry to grow spiritually and numerically. When that growth doesn’t happen it’s easy to get frustrated and discouraged. What are some of the roadblocks that prevent our ministries from flourishing the way we know God wants them to? Here are the six most common obstacles I see to Children’s Ministry growth today:
1. Lack of prayer
Children’s Ministries that grow are Children’s Ministries that pray. Everything we do needs to start here. By inviting God into your day, your planning, and your interactions with others you and your ministry are more likely to experience His power and blessing.
2. Unresolved conflict
One of the biggest tensions any leader (or human being for that matter) can experience is the pain that comes from unresolved conflict. No normal person likes it, but as leaders we need to get good at dealing with it because it’s not going away anytime soon. Don’t sweep an issue under the rug and don’t let someone bully you into doing something you know better than doing. Come up with a plan for handling conflict and use it to successfully navigate when painful situations come your way.
3. Absence of strategy
Does your ministry have a plan for what it will say yes and no to? Do you have a plan for bringing people on your team and helping them succeed? What about if there’s an emergency? How do you go about planning for an event so things don’t wait till the last-minute or fall through the cracks? Every Children’s Ministry needs a playbook and yours is no exception. My team and I have created a few FREE resources to help you get started in this area. Click here and use as many freebies as you’d like.
4. Failure to gain support
No healthy Kids’ Ministry exists as a silo. We need to work hard to garner the support of other ministries and leaders in the church. When we help them realize that Children’s Ministry is more than babysitting they’ll be more inclined to lend a helping hand.
5. Forgetting to develop leaders
We never mean to forget about the volunteers in our ministries who serve in the trenches, but sometimes it happens with all the stuff that’s on our plate. I totally get that. It happens to me more than I’d care to admit on this blog. Just don’t let that be an excuse for not doing anything to correct it. Our volunteers need us to do everything we can to make sure they are encouraged, empowered, and equipped to help families change their worlds for Christ.
For the record I think Children’s Ministry leaders are some of the most selfless people on the planet. Where we have a tendency to get selfish is trying to do all the work by ourselves. We genuinely want to involve other people but we also don’t want to burden them. It’s a tension we’ve got to overcome. When we focus on what only we can do and build a team who is good and loves to do the other stuff, that’s when our ministries will start to go to the next level.
Building a healthy, growing Children’s Ministry isn’t easy. I don’t pretend to have it all figured out. But when I make time to connect with God, resolve conflict Biblically, have a plan, gain support, develop leaders, and selflessly delegate to others I know I’m on the right track.