I believe that Children’s Ministry is the most important ministry of the church. I know that might sound like hyperbole, insanity, or ignorance, but I have a theory.
I won’t share my theory here, because who cares about my theories? Ultimately, I know we all agree it matters. That’s what’s important.
With that agreement, let’s consider how we can help this important ministry in each of our churches. And, it doesn’t really matter how your church does church, or Children’s Ministry. These five suggestions apply in almost every case.
5 Ways to Keep Your Hands Clean, and Still Help the Children’s Ministry at Your Church
Ask the Children’s Pastor, or whoever is in charge, how you can help. Just make sure they are sitting down before you ask, though. Odds are good that any offer to help will come as quite a shock, and might knock them off their feet.
If you’re afraid to ask, or don’t think you can help, begin to pray. Ask how you can pray. Pray for the Children’s Ministry workers. Pray for the children, and their parents. Pray for provision, patience, inspiration, and more volunteers. Pray daily. Make it a real commitment before God.
Most churches have tight budgets. Like public school teachers, Sunday School teachers and Children’s Ministry workers often foot the bill for the extras that make their class special: snacks, prizes, stickers, etc. Maybe, you can offer to provide snacks, or just slip a fiver into the teacher’s hand and say, “Use it for the kids. There’s more where that came from!”
4. SAY THANKS.
Thank the Children’s Ministry workers for what they do. Don’t assume they take delight in escorting little ones to the potty, wiping up spilled juice, or telling Little Ricky one more time that he can’t play his drums. Never make the mistake of thinking that Children’s Workers have some special grace from God. They might love what they do, and even be called and gifted from God to do it, but it doesn’t mean it’s always easy.
5. BE PROMPT.
Finally, if your children are a part of the Children’s Ministry, pick-up your little angels, before you socialize with friends after service. Children’s Ministry volunteers are serving Jesus for free, but their babysitting rates are $10 an hour.
Why not try out one of these tips tomorrow?