However, defining effective ministry is elusive, and so The Children’s Ministry Effectiveness Model has been designed to help churches evaluate current strengths and challenges and areas that need more resources and attention.
Are we purposeful?
Is our congregation intentional about why a children’s ministry is vital for our church?
» Do we demonstrate a commitment to children in our budget, in our worship, in our policies?
» Are we offering more than just “babysitting” alongside adult activities?
» Are we committed to exercising clear rules and boundaries to protect and empower the children?
» Is the ministry for children a balanced approach which nurtures the mind, body and soul and not one aspect alone?
» Are the clergy clearly engaged and supportive enough to lead integration of the children’s ministry into the whole life of the church?
Are we practical?
Does the congregation have an effective plan and approach for implementing and sustaining the children’s ministry?
» Do we equip and support parents in their role as primary spiritual guide for their children?
» Do we use a prayerful process to call adults into leadership or do we twist arms and shake trees to find recruits to teach the second grade?
» Are we supporting our leaders through training and adequate preparation?
» Is there a high ratio of adults to children in everything that we offer?
» Do we fully understand the needs of each age group and offer opportunities that reflect that understanding?
» Is our Bible study curriculum chosen in a purposeful manner and coordinated among various purposes throughout the church (Sunday school, mid-week ministry, Vacation Bible School, etc.)?
» Do our children regularly lead in worship?
And third and most important…
Are we impactful?
Is the effect of the children’s ministry truly reflective of ministry and not merely another program in the church? Are we making a difference in lives? Otherwise we are just offering another “wholesome” activity for our already busy children.
» Do we see spiritual growth from year to year in the children’s commitment to Christ?
» Are the relationships within the ministry based on Christ’s example to treat everyone as a child of God?
» Are there observable healthy and active inter-generational relationships — within the ministry and beyond?
» Is there a low turnover of children year after year and are they bringing their friends?
» Is the ministry sustainable and not tied to a specific personality or leader?
» Do we involve more of the community outside of our congregation — who then become more connected to the church and to God?
The Children’s Ministry Effectiveness Model is formatted so that ministry leaders can make individual assessments and then gather together as a team to discuss observations, discern connections and make decisions about priorities to move ahead with change. The model is not intended to be a survey to be used to tabulate results but as a tool for conversation and ultimately for action.
The Children’s Ministry Effectiveness Model was developed by The LOGOS Ministry based on nearly 50 years of experience working directly with churches and can be downloaded for free from the LOGOS Library at www.thelogosministry.org. LOGOS coaches are also available for a complimentary session facilitating your leaders in a children’s ministry review with the model.
Elizabeth Perraud helps administer regional relationships for The LOGOS Ministry.