Building a great team is vital to building a great ministry with kids. This post is part of a series of posts exploring tangible ways to build a great children’s ministry team. The last post was about key roles you’ll need on your team. This post is about additional teams that are helpful to have within your larger ministry. Some teams are vital to your ministry with kids. […]
Building a great team is vital to building a great ministry with kids. Over these next few posts you’ll explore tangible ways to change the way you think about recruiting and building a great children’s ministry team. Our model is primarily large group – small group. So the key roles we need are below. If you’re in a small church, you’ll be combining these roles. […]
We’ve put together a handbook for all the leaders and staff in NextGen Ministries at our church. While every church is different in scope, size,
I was a youth pastor for 20 years before our church adopted a NextGen model and I became the NextGen Pastor. The transition has been challenging but totally worth it! Here, I’d like to dive in a little deeper and get more specific about some do’s and don’ts that I’ve learned in my own journey into NextGen Ministry.
A NextGen Pastor (or Pastor/Director of Next Generation Ministries) is also sometimes referred to as a Family Pastor (or Pastor/Director of Family Ministries). Most NextGen Pastors oversee multiple staff and multiple age groups, some of which can include college and young adults. A Family Pastor […]
A major part of me hates recruiting volunteers. It takes a lot of energy just to work up the motivation to ask people to volunteer.
Ask them to read scripture during worship services, youth group, and small groups Ask them to pray during worship services, youth group, and small groups
1. Leading Worship – I used to do that, but now someone else is doing that. 2. Giving the Welcome and Announcements – I used
7. Some people are better at teaching than me. 6. I need a break from the rigor of teaching so often. 5. Kids need a
With all the changes to our staff and ministry teams, we had a lot of work to do clarify our roles, responsibilities, goals and objectives, and
Making Decisions & Getting Things Done How do decisions get made in our church? How do things get done? These are two very important questions
Okay, so a lot of things have changed at our church and in my job. Over the summer (2014) we 1) made some major changes to our church
Like I said in my last post, I’m convinced that God designed the Church with the Spirit-driven desire and the innate ability to grow in
The more recent conversation in our Student Life Leadership Team has been about defining our roles (last post) and focusing our meetings (this post). Now
The more recent conversation in our Student Life Leadership Team has been about defining our roles (this post) and focusing our meetings (next post). Now
If you were to visit our church, you’d see students involved in just about every area of ministry at just about every level. On Wednesday
What are we doing to help our students form a Sticky Faith? We Partner with Parents. Building a partnership with parents is vital to any
As I look back on my life and ministry, I’ve realized that there have been three basic principles that have helped facilitate both growth and
We haven’t taken students on a mission trip since 2007. Prior to then, my personal practice was to take students on mission trips every year.
I’ve heard it said that a ministry without infrastructure is like a body without a skeleton…it’s just a 6 inch puddle of skin, fat and
My personality is the type that’s always looking ahead. I have vision documents with goals and objectives from four years ago with projections that are
I think I’d like to share in the next few posts some of the biggest changes that we’ve experienced and that I’ve personally experienced as
I’ve always seen my role as a youth pastor as having four major objectives. Pastor the People. Mobilize the Ministry. Cultivate the Climate. Voice the