What issues and challenges to PK’s face in church? How does it influence their walk with God? What’s it like when the parent is their children’s pastor? All these questions and more answered as James interviews Christian and Lydia, his own pastor’s kids.
Help! I’m A Children’s Pastor
James interviews his wife Jennifer about her recent involvement in the office-side of the children’s ministry he directs at their new ministry position.
James shares an inspirational story that shows that God uses everything we submit to him, and do as unto him, for our good and his glory.
1. I’m big on being prepared.
Everything should be finished and ready to go before Sunday morning. 90% of frustration alleviation is preparation!
2. I’m big on timeliness.
Each volunteer depends on the others to be at their post on time to serve their role. Parents and Sunday School Teachers depend on us to open the doors promptly. Starting service on time adds predictability which is important to children when establishing order.
3. I’m big on smooth transitions.
I hate downtime. Volunteers who are doing a part of the service should keep their eyes on their schedule and skip ahead. If their segment is coming up, they should be ready (with their team if they have one) and pass me on the steps going up while I’m coming down.
4. I’m not big on unplanned interruptions.
If someone needs the microphone during the service… they need to have asked for it before… or while I’m not on the stage.
5. I’m big on discipline.
I want us to enjoy our time with the kids… and them with us. The way to do that is to maintain an understanding of mutual respect between ourselves and them.
6. I’m big on giving away segments.
I’m not interested in my children’s church becoming the “Pastor James Show”. If there is a leader who would like to assist by taking a segment here and there… or even every week… they only need tell me. Pretty much anything short of the teaching and altar time is available.
How do we deal, as children’s ministers, with a lack of pastoral support?
I’ve written about Children’s Ministry names before, but that was more of a post about the types of names. This time I’m just going to punch out a list of names for Children’s Church right off the top of my head. I cannot confirm or deny if any of these are original or in use somewhere. These are simply offered out of a desire to help those who are searching for Children’s Ministry Names.
Kid Works – A construction or science theme.
InTune – Music or computer theme.
Megaville – City or superhero theme.
JAM City – Jesus And Me, a city theme.
ChurchName Kids – Put your church’s name and add kids to the end. It works.
Xtreme – Extreme sports theme.
Power House – Electricity or explosion themed.
Young Adventures – Explorer themed.
City Kids or Kid City – City themes.
Sincity – Just checking to see if you’re reading this. 😉
Kids for Christ
Disciple Ship – Nautical theme.
Volunteer Seekers – Sorry.
Kids in Training
Submitted by @PerryLyons
Kids for Christ
His Little Ones
Tykes for Christ
Funny OR memorable… let me explain before we dive in. I had someone tell me once, “If you can’t be good… be memorable!” A creed all underachievers can live by!
Here are some random things I say to kids to help break the ice when I meet them. Some are funny… others are just memorable. Some are one liners, others take a bit of setup.
When you’re meeting a child or checking them in… after you’ve asked their name and age… find out if they’re married.
When guessing a child’s age… never try to be accurate… guess at least two years higher than what you’re thinking. You’ll impress them because every child wants to be bigger.
Ask groups of siblings who’s got the messiest room… who eats the most… who runs the fastest. Fingers will be flying.
With twins… always ask who’s oldest. Then who’s smartest. 😉
All my kids know that they aren’t allowed to get married till they’re 35.
After service when kids are heading out with their parents, tell them, “Take a nap and clean your room!” You’ll get an amen from Mom.
Tell Mom that we decided that her child was so good in children’s church we decided that he/she could drive home today.
Tell a large group that if they don’t listen… we’re canceling everyone’s birthday! (with a huge smile of course!)
When a child tells me it’s their birthday, I congratulate them, ask them their age… and what did they get ME!
Before and after Christmas, make it clear that if anyone gets any (fill in your favorite stuff here… for me it’s Buzz Lightyear stuff) they can bring it to you rather than return it to the store.
What one-liners and jokes do you use to play with your kids?