People often have some misconceptions about children’s ministry within the church. In this video, Jana Magruder breaks down some of those misconceptions and shares the value of children’s ministry.
Jana Magruder serves as the Director of LifeWay Kids. She is the author of Nothing Less: Engaging Kids in a Lifetime of Faith, Kids Ministry that Nourishes: Three Essential Nutrients of a Healthy Kids Ministry, and Life Verse Creative Journal, which she co-authored with her teenage daughter.
The entire video is above, and the complete transcript is below.
When it comes to children’s ministry there are several misconceptions that typically could happen.
One is that folks think that it’s simply child care. Which is really dangerous. That affects your volunteer recruitment because people don’t want to sign up for babysitting. Let’s face it. So if that is a misconception in your church that children’s ministry is child care, you’re going to struggle in recruiting volunteers.
Another misconception is that children’s ministry is simply outsourced discipleship to the church. That can be even more dangerous because if parents think that as long as they get their kids to your children’s ministry, then they can check that box of their children being discipled. And we know that that’s not even scriptural. That the call to the parent is to be the primary discipler and the church should partner alongside with them in that effort.
Another common misconception for the leader, for the kids ministry leader, is that you’re working with kids all the time. And that is simply just not true. Like it or not, you’re working more with adults than you are kids. And that’s okay because what you’re doing is empowering them and enabling them and training them to effectively work with children as they share the gospel with them.