High Impact Leadership for Kid's Ministry
6-months | Limited to 10 people
$125 a month or $700 one-time
Kids Ministry is one of the most life changing ministries in the church. But it’s also demanding and exhausting. It’s just plain hard. Because it happens every single weekend AND it requires volunteers to pull it off. To make it a place where kids want to come back, it requires excellence and creativity.
Kids Ministry is a church within the church requiring leadership, engaging teaching, worship, small groups and an environment that is creative and inviting. Whew! This is not a small ministry and it’s no small job. Directors or Pastors of Kids Ministry need all the help they can get for their own specific unique church and ministry.
Month 1. Vision, Values and Leadership
Your kids’ ministry must have a clear vision as to what you want your kids’ ministry to look like and be about. You want to know where you’re going and how you’re going to get there with defined values that help you accomplish it. You want a vision and values that are easy to cast and capture. And it’s got to be done over and over and over again. Through your leadership. Yep, YOUR leadership.
Whether you feel like it or not, you are leading this ministry. You may be, at times, bombarded by insecurity, but this is your baby to lead. We’ll talk through ways to define your vision, identify your values and discover how you were meant to lead.
Read “Visioneering” by Andy Stanley
Read “Lead the Way God made you” by Larry Shallengerger
Take the Enneagram Test: www.enneagraminstitute.com
Read “The Road back to You” by Ion Cron
Month 2. Volunteers
It’s the bane of our existence and a ministry that requires GREAT faith: recruiting volunteers, keeping volunteers and inspiring them to stay the course and invest in kids. This is a multifaceted full time job in and of itself. In this session we’ll get creative and get inspired to build and maintain these invaluable people for our ministry.
Read: “Leading Not Normal Volunteers” by Sue Miller and Adam Duckworth
Month 3. Security
Whether you have a tiny or a huge or a multi-campus church, security is of utmost importance. It doesn’t matter whether you know all the families or not. We live in a day and age where parents are nervous about dropping kids off, information can be miscommunicated and, in some of the saddest cases, there’s divorce and restraining orders. You just never know so we must be diligent in putting security in place to protect the kids, the parents, the volunteers and the church. All this and more will be our focus.
Month 4. Difficult conversations
Conflict. Ugh! This is hard for all of us especially when it comes to addressing disagreements, lack of support, control issues, kid’s behavior and personality conflicts. But it’s up to us to live and breathe and exemplify Matthew 18 – entering into crucial conversations with truth and grace. We’ll talk through general and specific conflicts and how to best work through them.
Watch: Youtube Video: “Mastering the Art of Crucial Conversations” by Joseph Grenny
Read: “Crucial Conversations” by Kerry Patterson and Joseph Grenny
Month 5. Excellence in Programming
Our kids deserve the best experience that we can give them when they come to church. They deserve to watch and listen to a program that has been thought out and designed just for them. We want to be culturally relevant and excellent in presentation.
If it’s an upfront teacher, that person needs to be a gifted, engaging teacher. If it’s video, then kids need to know that it’s been chosen just for them. Worship needs to be engaging and energetic. From the moment kids arrive, we want to provide an engaging experience. We’ll talk about how this can be done with or without a line item in the budget!
Read: “The Fabulous Reinvention of Sunday School” by Aaron Reynolds (specifically
Month 6. Pastoring Families and Volunteers
There is a misconception that people want to meet and be counseled by the Lead Pastor only. But that is wrong. Kids Ministry Leaders are a consistent touch point for volunteers and families. You may, very well, be their personal pastor whether you/ they realize it or not. It’s important to, first, recognize that you ARE a pastor and then have confidence and prayer support to reach out to your volunteers and families in need. We’ll talk and encourage one another through this.
*** Bonus Session: Leading a Multi-Campus Church.
This is a challenge in and of itself. Not only bringing vision and leadership to the staff that lead these campus ministries, but working hard to keep everyone moving and buying into it. It’s hard work to lead leaders, allowing them to lead yet also asking them to submit to the vision of the whole. And it’s hard to make sure everyone is committed to bringing continuity to all campuses. We’ll talk through all this and more of the unique challenges of multi-sites.
It was at Willow Creek Community Church that I discovered who God made me to be: an actor, writer, producer and director. I was there for 25 years! In the midst of all that, I had two kids and I got to watch them participate in and help lead a new kind of kids’ ministry – Promiseland, the most engaging and exciting kids’ ministry that I had ever experienced.
After Willow Creek, I started my own business, Truth Driven Drama. This is where I first experienced and fell in love with consulting and developing, working with individual church drama teams and writers, discovering and pulling out the best in people.
I later came on staff at Heartland Community Church in Rockford, Illinois as Drama Director. While there I happened to peek into their kids’ ministry rooms one weekend and discovered, to my surprise, that something was very wrong. The excellence that was happening in the adult auditorium was not happening with the kids. And SUDDENLY my spirit and heart were on fire. (I’ve been on a crusade ever since to change kids’ ministry) The next thing I knew I was the Director of the ministry.
Having never been in kids’ ministry, I had to start from scratch, learning everything from the operations to the never-ending need for volunteers, to vision casting to curriculum. In time, we eventually brought excellence to the programming followed by several years of writing and producing our own curriculum.
When my time at Heartland was done, I was given an incredible opportunity to be the director of a kids’ ministry for a multi-campus church, Red Rocks Church, in Colorado. Huge Learning curve again! And now, for something completely different, I’m in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin as Director of Kids Programming at a growing church called Heartland Church.
Who is this for?
Directors or Pastors of Kids Ministry
What do I get?
6 live monthly video calls with your small group, 2 hours of teaching and Q/A (via Zoom Meeting)
Private online community (via Slack) to collaborate with Sharon and group (10 people max)
1 60-minute coaching call with Sharon
A Monthly Peer-to-Peer Video call
Access to video sessions, to rewatch or
if you missed a call
What do I invest?
$125/ month or $700 one-time payment. (USD)
Participation on live video calls for at least 5 of 6 months
Executing monthly assignments
Engagement in ‘Slack’ online community, sharing questions, ideas, and goals
Read books or articles Sharon recommends for the sessions (In Session Overview)