The A-Z of Children’s Ministry

I have given myself a challenge for the next 26 days – post the complete A-Z of Ministry to Children.

This will be neither comprehensive nor incomprehensible… it should fall somewhere in the middle I hope. So let’s start at the very beginning… a very good place to start.

A is for Adults: George Barna’s research has shown that at a typical Protestant church, more than four out of every ten people ministered to during the week are children, yet seven out of every eight ministry dollars are spent on adults. My own research has shown that every 9 out of 10 nagging children will get what they want from a toy store 2 out of every 3 times*. Whatever the stats are, the reality is that without parents… without adults both to volunteer/lead/train/inspire we cannot reach our kids.

If you see adults as the solution, they can become the solution. If you see them as the problem, then they can only become bigger problems.

Family Pastor (usually an adult) is currently the fastest growing new ministry title in the U.S. and this will continue into the next decade, as churches strive to equip and empower parents and work together to reach a generation.

*(Not really, more like 3 out of 4).


  1. says

    Great idea for posts! I bet it will really get your creative juices flowing. That’s always the debate as Children’s Ministers… do we aim for adults and get the kids or aim for the kids and hopefully get the adults too? I know adults are priceless as far as volunteers are concerned, but I hear what your saying from an outreach perspective. Currently, we don’t have a Family Pastor, just Children’s Ministry director, so I guess I’ll focus on the kids!

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