Children’s Ministries Description
Relates Closely With: The church pastor, the children’s ministries committee, children’s church staff.
Ministry Mission: To help children worship God in an age-appropriate way; to prepare children to understand what is happening in the “big church” during the worship hour.
The children’s church leader has the following responsibilities:
- Organization and administration.
- Represents children’s church on the children’s ministries committee.
- Organizes and meets regularly with the children’s church staff.
- Delegates ministry responsibilities to staff members.
- Consults with the children’s coordinator on how the time will be divided and what age level the ministry will target.
- Leads or team teaches up front in children’s church.
- Keeps an updated file of current students.
Coordination of Ministry
Delegates and assigns the following tasks:
- Welcoming ministry: greeting and affirming children; maintaining a file on each child (master files available from the children’s coordinator or start from scratch).
- Mailing ministry: Sending absent member postcards, birthday cards, affirmation.
- Hospitality ministry: Organizing refreshments, involving parents on a rotating basis.
- Family visitation ministry: Organizing home visits by staff.
- Music ministry: Choosing songs and leading the singing, involving students in special music.
- Support teachers: Provides one friendly teen or adult per five students who help kids participate but do not teach.
- Custodial: Setting up the chairs, banners, tables after Sabbath School.
- Holds staff accountable for follow-through on their roles.
- Evaluates volunteer applications, with the children’s coordinator.
- Interviews volunteers, helping them match their spiritual gifts with ministry needs.
- Screens volunteers on the basis of the volunteer screening form.
- Announces children’s church two consecutive weeks in advance.
- Makes assignments, clarifies roles and expectations, communicates the day’s theme, and time allotments.
- Articulates a standard for discipline and discusses potential trouble spots.
- Notifies parents when an offering will be taken, refreshments are needed, their presence is needed, the service begins, ends, and where it will be held.
- Secures video equipment for taping of the program.
- Shows the video of previous children’s church and evaluates for future improvements.
Tips for Organizing the Space
- Plan where craft supplies will be given out, refreshments will be served, etc.
- If possible, begin in a video room where children see a spiritual video or sing with a music video. Move to a worship room, an activity room, a story room, and a refreshment room. Maintain order throughout.
- Set rules for the children to follow:
- Never leave the room without an adult.
- Participate in all the songs and activities.
- Do not leave at the end until a parent comes for you.
Approximately 4-10 hours per month.
Length of Commitment
One or two years, depending on the practice of the local church.
- Basic children’s ministries certification (nearing completion).
- Advanced children’s ministries certification (on-going).
- Some high impact volunteer management training (recommended).
- Volunteer ministry qualifications
- Commitment to Jesus Christ and to a growing personal relationship with Him.
- Commitment to Christ-centered ministry to children.
- Commitment to the Seventh-day Adventist Church and to its beliefs.
- Commitment to a balanced Christian lifestyle.
- Commitment to teamwork.
- Commitment to cooperative ministry under the leadership of the pastor and church board.
- Commitment to personal growth and learning, so as to upgrade teaching methods and leadership skills.
- An attitude of servant leadership.
- Passion for children and children’s ministries.
- Leadership experience in a ministry to children.
- Current recommendation by the volunteer screening committee.
Responsibilities in the Local Church, by the Church Resources Consortium, North American Division of Seventh-day Adventist Church. Copyright © 1997, Revised 2002.