For years women have taken the lead responsibility in teaching kids at church. And for that I say, “Praise God.” However, God’s plan for influencing the lives of boys and girls has always been to include a balance in the gender of role models … MEN and WOMEN. In addition to the excellent work that women have done and will continue to do, children need the influence in their lives of real men who love God and Jesus.
So … don’t forget the MEN when enlisting leadership for your Kids Ministry. Strive for a balance and if possible make it a goal to have a man in every kids’ learning environment (unless the information to be covered is gender specific.)
Consider these five simple thoughts/considerations:
- In most cases there will be fewer discipline issues in a classroom that includes a male influence.
- Watch for dads and granddads who interact with their kids/grandkids in a positive way. Verbalize to them what you see in their behavior that kids need in the church classroom.
- Men like to be given a vision and a challenge. Most will not respond to a “y’all come” approach and will need to be asked individually and personally.
- Promise men training and then follow through. Invite them to observe in a classroom. They will need simple reminders: be on the level of the kids; talk with kids and really listen to them; reminders that to teach is to learn twice … once when you prepare and once when you teach.
- Observe men in the classroom and then give them verbal affirmation of what you see.
Jerry Vogel serves as an Editorial Ministry Specialist for Lifeway Kids. He is married to Janie and has four children and thirteen grand kids. Jerry is committed to enriching the lives of those who teach kids as well as making eternal investments in the lives of children. Jerry teaches preschoolers at his church each Sunday.