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Children's Ministries

Children's Church Leader


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A MINISTRY DESCRIPTION FOR LOCAL CHURCH LEADERS

Introduction

Responsible to the children’s coordinator.

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.

 

Responsibilities
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.

Decides in consultation with the children’s coordinator 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.


Screening Volunteers

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.


Program Preparation

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: (1) Never leave the room without an adult. (2) Participate in all the songs and activities. (3) Do not leave at the end until a parent comes for you.


Time Commitment

    Approximately 4-10 hours per month.

Length of Commitment
    One or two years, depending on the practice of the local church.


Training

Basic children’s ministries certification (nearing completion).

Advanced children’s ministries certification (on-going).

Some high impact volunteer management training (recommended).


Qualifications

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.


Resources

The following resources are recommended for your ministry. You can purchase these by calling
AdventSource (800-328-0525), the Adventist Book Center (800-765-6955) or your local
Christian bookstore.

101 Creative Worship Ideas for Children’s Church, by Jolene Roehlkepartain. Mix and match these
101 easy-to-prepare devotions, object lessons, Bible stories, puppet scripts and holiday ideas to
spark singing, prayer, movement and worship in your children’s ministries.

Beyond the Edge, by Sarah Kelnhofer. Contains 52 mission stories from the front lines, plus a
three-part activity section for children following each story.

Children’s Church: Responding to God’s Love, by Jack Calkins. 26 complete programs for
Children’s Church.

Children in Worship, by Jack and Ann Calkins. How to involve children in the 11 o’clock worship
service.

Come Meet Jesus Child Evangelism Kit. Everything you need to plan 27 programs for children,
including music videos, theme videos, music CDs, and guidebook–designed especially for use in
child evangelism meetings and can be used for children’s church, neighborhood Bible clubs, VBS
follow-up.

How to Help Your Child Really Love Jesus, by Donna Habenicht. A child development specialist
explains how children develop spiritually and offers practical suggestions on how you can help
children establish a lasting friendship with God.

Little Voices Praise Him. This delightful collection of 315 songs is part of the new GraceLink
curriculum for Beginner and Kindergarten, but can be used in VBS, children’s church, and at
home. Also available on CD.

Volunteer ministry applications, volunteer screening forms, and student record templates are
available at www.childmin.com; visit www.acma-online.org for information about a support
network for leaders.

Visit AdventSource On-Line at www.adventsource.org for a complete list of the latest
resources available for local church leaders. You can place an order or request a catalog by
calling 1-800-328-0525.

For information about additional resources and answers to your questions call the Adventist
Plusline at 1-800-732-7587 or visit them on-line at www.plusline.org.