Equipping volunteers with language, discipleship, encouragement, and training so they can help kids connect in relationship with Jesus is so important as they find their place in God’s Big Story.
To do this well, you need to develop an intentional model of doing ministry with kids and volunteers. Instead of focusing on doing ministry to and for the people around you, focus on doing this with God and with others. Imagine what would happen!
Equipping with Language
Giving our volunteers language for ministry with kids is important. Ask yourself these questions:
- Is the team on the same page?
- Are we really speaking the same language when it comes to vision, mission, and goals?
- Do we have theological guideposts we follow in leading children?
Equipping with Discipleship
A strategy for discipleship involves knowing where you’re going and what you’re aiming for. As you are equipping your volunteers in this area, ask yourself these questions:
- What’s the vision for our ministry?
- Where do I want the team to go?
- What do I want the children to walk away with?
Equipping Volunteers with Encouragement
Frequently remind your volunteers of what an awesome job they are doing. Many times burnout takes place from lack of acknowledgement and care. Remind each person in your ministry of the importance of growing their own intimate relationship with God.
Leading from an overflow of their own relationship with God models for kids what it looks like to find their place in God’s Big Story.
Equipping with Training
There are all kinds of resources our there to equip your volunteers with training—virtually or in person, paid or free. You can choose from blog posts, emails, newsletters, text messages, videos, conferences and more.
One-on-one and small group training methods you can use to model exactly what you’re looking for!