- They have bought in to your shared vision for Kids Ministry. Share your vision for reaching kids for Christ often. Include your vision in KidMin meetings and via newsletters and personal notes.
- They feel like they are making a difference. Celebrate accomplishments with your leaders. Remind them often of ways in which they are faithfully laying foundations in the lives of kids.
- They know you pray for them. Solicit prayer requests from your leaders. Send notes and emails letting your leaders know that you prayed for them and their needs.
- They know you provide training. As you observe your leaders in the classroom, make notes about needed training. Provide training using some of your veteran leaders.
- They appreciate your encouragement and appreciation. Give verbal encouragement often. Write those handwritten notes of appreciation citing specific actions that you see as your leaders teach.
- They feel “in the know” due to your consistent communication. Communicate. Communicate. Communicate. Being “in the know” equips your leaders to feel part of the KidMin family.
- They see you every week and appreciate your ‘presence.’ Visit classrooms and make sure your teachers have all of the resources they need. From time to time help them out as you observe needs (just seeing you makes your leaders feel valued.)
Jerry Vogel serves as an Editorials Ministry Specialist for Lifeway Kids. He is married to Janie and has four children and thirteen grand kids. Jerry is a member of Brentwood Baptist Church and teaches preschoolers there. He is committed to enriching the lives of those who teach kids as well as making eternal investments in the lives of children.