I’m convinced that the answer to so many of our Kids ministry struggles are found in education and training.
We’ve all been there… someone comes in and tells you what you’re going to do without helping you understand the benefit of doing it. You experience confusion, frustration, and to be honest sometimes you just decide “I ain’t gonna do it!” It’s seldom is the best way to move people.
Folks want to follow; most people want to be led. But they want to feel like they’ve been a part of the process… that’s where training comes in.
If we want our leadership to go to the next level then we teach them the value of going there. We share with them the benefit (both personal and cooperate) of leaving what they know to moving toward the new. When they see the benefit, they are anxious to join the movement.
If we want our kid’s teachers to be on time, we teach the why being on time is important. We help them see how being on time effects the entire session. They will begin to realize that if they’re on time (which by the way is before the first child enters the room) the benefits out way the cost (of sleeping an extra 15 minutes).
Final example: If we want our kids to read their Bible every day, we give them guidance and help them know why reading the Bible daily is a good thing. They begin the process, reap the benefits, and it becomes a life-long habit.
You get the picture. If you want to “raise the bar” start with training and educating those involved.
Is there room in your Kids Ministry for improvement? Is there something that you know you need to work on that will take your group to the next level?
Let me encourage you to lead by training!
Bottom Line: Move your people to new heights by providing training opportunities that help them to understand the benefits of going where you feel led to take them and will equip them to get there!
What ways do you use training in your ministry to grow your leaders?