#3 Great Kids Ministers are Proactive
Prevention is the preferred strategy of great Kids ministers. They don’t sit around and wait for something to react to; they work to make sure nothing unexpected or unwanted attacks their ministry.
Sadly, predators are looking for opportunities to take advantage of innocent children. Great Kids ministers recognize this sad truth and are pro-actively working to reduce and remove the risk of predators having success in their ministries. Great Kids ministers not only complete criminal background checks on those working with minor children, they set up interviews, follow up on references, and enforce policies and procedures set in place and approved by the church.
Great Kids ministers recognize that many child predators do not have criminal records, yet statistics show that in most cases, abusers have multiple victims prior to the occasion that revealed them as an abuser. Activate training for staff, teachers, and parents to heighten awareness of behaviors common to a sexual predator.
Bottom Line: It’s sad, but necessary to be proactive and diligent in preventing sexual abuse in our ministries.
#4 Great Kids Ministers Connect with Kids and Their Families
For years, we’ve been adamant about teaching Bible content and making application of that content to the daily lives of kids. I’m all for that! But as I personally look back on my experiences as a child and even as an adult, the thing that stands out most is not the Bible stories taught or event the application given. What stands out the most is the relationships that have been built with those who were teaching me Bible content and life application.
Connecting with kids and their families will define your ministry. At the end of the day, it really isn’t how much you know, how well you know it, or even how well you execute what you know… It’s true, “they don’t really care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
Bottom Line: Connecting with Kids and their families is a priority for great Kids ministers!