For a video experience, click above. Prefer reading? Continue below. Let me ask you a question: What do you think is the most important thing that happens in your KidMin on a Sunday morning?
Is it the worship time?
Is it the gospel-centered teaching?
Is it the study of God's Word?
I think a case could be made for any of these things. Without a doubt, they're all at the core of what we do in KidMin. But I believe there's something even more foundational that has to happen
For a video experience, click above. Prefer reading? Continue below. I recently met two KidMin leaders from the same church who were telling me about their struggles with finding quality volunteer teachers. In way of illustration, they told me about one teacher in particular—the one who had caused them the most hair loss. "He's a little bit awkward," the one leader told me. She talked about his struggle to stay on topic, his quirky mannerisms, and his perpetual unpreparedness
"Hey Lincoln! What did you learn at church today?"
That's the question I've asked my son hundreds of times during the car ride home. And almost every time I ask, without really even opening his mouth, he answers in the same way: with an "ah-o-uh" sound that vaguely resembles "I don't know."
I know that's not true. He's learning plenty of stuff at church. The problem, I've discovered, is not with the KidMin, it's with the question.
That question is just so.
If I were to let them, my kids would spin around revolving doors like a carnival ride until they puked. I'm not sure they even realize that revolving doors are for the purpose of entering and exiting buildings. They treat them more like a cheap carnival ride, cramming as many people as they can into a single compartment and spinning it as fast as it will go.
If you're a kid, revolving doors are great! But if you're a KidMin leader, not so much. Most of us have watched as new
"Uhg! This doesn't look anything like the picture on the box!"
I've said this more than a few times. And it's my own fault. That's because I'm more likely to use the instruction manual to figure out where things went wrong than I am to get it right in the first place.
"Wow! That's a beautiful chaise lounge!"
"Why thank you. It's supposed to be a computer desk."
Of course, I could save myself a whole lot of time and trouble if I just paused for a moment and read the
If you enjoy watching substandard sporting events, you should come to my recreational volleyball league at the YMCA. It's filled with "post prime" adults, like myself, who are trying to hold onto the dying flame of their athletic glory days. It's a little bit funny, but a whole lot of fun!
If I had to evaluate my volleyball skills a month ago, it would have looked something like this:
Passing: Average Setting: Good Hitting: Excellent Serving: Poor
Do you see that? Servin
If you're in need of more KidMin volunteers, then you can count yourself among the other 99.9% of KidMin leaders! If there were a universal KidMin Bible verse, Luke 10:2 might be a strong candidate.
"The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few."
It doesn't have to be like that, though. With a few adjustments, you could be pulling in new recruits faster than ever before. Here's how:
Make volunteer recruiting a priority. You might say that volunteer recruiting is amon