Do you have a place at the table when collaborating with other ministries in your church? In other words, do you work together with other church staff members to include kids and families in the ministry efforts and initiatives happening throughout the year? Here are 3 ways to collaborate with the other ministry areas represented in your church.
1. Be in the know.
Make it part of your daily job description to check-in with pastors and ministry leaders to know what is on the horizon at your church. Go beyond just attending staff meetings. Ask questions, have conversations, and be ready for opportunities to work together.
2. Propose Ideas.
Lead-up in an engaging way by encouraging other ministry areas to join you in a variety of strategic events, programs, and initiatives.
3. Be creative.
Examples of church-wide collaboration that include kids and families might include the following: – inviting the adult missionaries who just returned from a short-term trip to come talk to kids about their experience.
- Study the same book of the Bible and be intentional about the kids sharing what they learned with the student ministry.
- Create a shared fine arts area displayed in common church spaces where kids, students, and adults can all contribute.
These are only a few ideas, but the point is to realize that the kids in your church need to be included in many of the things going on throughout the year. Not only is it good for them to see how the Body of Christ works, but also to embed themselves more deeply in their church family. Think of ways you can “get kids in the mix” and share some here!
Jana Magruder serves as the Director of Kids Ministry Publishing. Jana brings a wealth of experience and passion for kids ministry, education, and curriculum writing. She and her husband, Michael, along with their three children attend Forest Hills Baptist Church where she teaches The Gospel Project to preteen girls.