It never changes, the success of your ministry to kids (outside of anything supernatural that God would so choose to do) greatly depends on the strength of your team. So take the time to build the right team for yourself. Successful people want to be part of something successful, bigger than themselves and fun to be part of.
I see too often the children’s ministries who float around like a Dinghy being pulled by every new fad or loud complainer. They don’t have the team built to stand up against the waves or to sail in the big sea. So for survival purposes they stay attached to anything and everything they can to just survive. They are able to turn quickly though and not lose any passengers seeing that they have built themselves to only handle a couple volunteers anyway and those volunteers help out of friendship not because they are driven by the leader. They usually try to recruit through the bulletin with no real lasting results but it is easier and makes them feel good like they are doing their job of recruiting. Then if they happen to land someone they put them in with no thought and often find out later it is a wrong fit and feel they are stuck together in this already small dinghy going no where.
Then I see those children’s ministries who are like cruise ships sailing all over the seas. Handling the waves as they come and the people not really feeling the waves but having fun. They chart courses that people want to go with. They have a hiring process that they do not compromise because they understand the end result is much too important. The people working the cruise ship enjoy their job and had purposely pursued getting hired.
Some quick signs of being part of a Dinghy ministry:
1. You continue to place ads in the bulletin that use the word “need.”
2. You guilt people into serving.
3. You are using new volunteers for multiple tasks and burning them out where they don’t want to be part of any ministry again.
4. You are more concerned about filling holes than helping people find their sweet spot in ministry.
5. The only time you connect with parents is when you are asking them to serve.
6. As you walk down the hall people run away because you are the only one who recruits for new volunteers and seeing you that is what it usually means.
7. You throw a new volunteer into a classroom for the first time with forty 2-3 year olds…and one no one else but them.
8. You ask the Pastor to beg for volunteers for you from the pulpit.
Tomorrow I will share signs of being part of a Cruise Ship.