7 Strategies to Grow Kids’ Ministry in Your Church

7 Strategies to Grow Kids’ Ministry in Your Church July 11, 2022

Are you ready for more growth in your kids’ ministry? Making improvements and watching the church grow can be an exciting process. 

The possibilities are endless when choosing to welcome more children into worship. You can foster friendships, teach young ones about the Bible and cultivate a community.

However, you’re most likely wondering how to prepare yourself and facilitate growth. Here are the top strategies for growing your children’s ministry.

1. Say a Prayer

Growing a kids’ ministry may be important to you. However, it’s also vital to hold back the feeling of desperation. As much as you want it to grow, the matter of fact is that the effort can be overwhelming.

That’s because growth requires volunteers, resources, space and more. However, you’re not in control of your growth. Only God can achieve this for you because it’s his ministry and he will decide if it grows.

Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”

Spend time praying for the newcomers that God may bring into the church. Some kids may be hesitant about the idea of growth. Therefore, praying together for an easy transition will help them feel better. 

2. Create a Welcoming Atmosphere

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” — 1 Thessalonians 5:11

It’s easy to fall into other obligations when we forget time is needed to be intentional. Welcoming new children into your ministry requires a welcoming atmosphere and a friendly environment.

Therefore, be intentional about greeting parents and their kids. Make sure you’re visible so everyone has a chance to meet you and feel comfortable.

In addition, putting children in charge of the “welcome” tasks will make other kids feel especially at ease. Consider tasking one child to ensure the environment is warm and welcoming. 

Meanwhile, another child can be the greeter who will add value for them — because it helps them transition into meeting all the new kids.

3. Establish Objectives

It’s important to set an objective you’d like to see in your kids’ ministry. Therefore, you must take time to discuss which things you’d like to improve. 

For example, maybe you need ample outdoor space for children to explore. Perhaps you’d like to create opportunities for kids to be open and aware of diversity. 

Whatever the objective, make sure you create a list and start organizing the planning to ensure completion. 

4. Prioritize Fun Events to Meet New Kids

Prioritizing kids’ events is exciting for the whole community. Plus, it allows you to meet new families and build momentum for the ministry. 

For example, you could organize an educational field trip to a museum where kids of all ages can learn something new. Other ideas could include a roller-skating party, backyard bounce house bash or craft nights.

You could even set up a camping party indoors if the weather is on the colder side. 

Ensure you spread the events out far enough that there’s just enough momentum and excitement to keep the ball rolling. 

5. Spend Time With the Children

The church’s children need to see the staff members so they know who you are apart from the entire church. 

One way to spend time with the kids is by walking through their areas each Sunday. Be sure to greet them. Consider talking with them, asking questions and getting to know who they are along with their names. It’s best to hear their stories and listen to what they say. 

“A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” — Proverbs 17:17

6. Ensure There Are Safety Measures in Place

Regardless of how many kids are in your ministry, their safety always comes first. Parents are trusting you to take that seriously.

It can sometimes be challenging, but creating policies is necessary for children’s safety. Additionally, they place your kids’ ministry in a position for growth. 

However, you don’t have to enforce this alone. Ensure you spread the word about your new safety procedures to parents and other staff members. Then, ask them to join you in implementing these new security rules. 

Once you grow the kids’ ministry, enforcing these rules will no longer feel unnatural. It will eventually transition into a normal routine. 

7. Ask the Kids to Bring Friends

Host an annual event where you can teach the kids about bringing their friends to Jesus. You can start by prompting them to think about inviting their best friend to participate.

You can also get creative with the children and hand them invitations to give to their pals. Practice with them by inviting your friends and praying together over your efforts. 

Watch Your Children’s Ministry Grow

Growth can be a wonderful thing. Use these tips to your advantage to help you prepare yourself. Have patience, keep praying and eventually, your ministry will be in a position where the church has strengthened in numbers.

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