I have been asked in the past if it is important for children to be in ministry. My simple answer is, yes, children should take part in a ministry. As a church we should be training children responsibility, servant-hood, and leadership. All these things are part of turning a young boy or girl into a disciple of Christ and this is exactly what Jesus commands us to do.
With that being said, you may ask, what are some ideas for ministries that a kid can be a part of? Well, it just so happens that I have a few ideas and tips. The ministry ideas I present will fall under 2 categories; inward ministry and outreach ministry. Not all ideas will work with every group of children and the ministry can certainly be adjusted to fit your children’s ministry.
As teachers we should prayerfully consider what child will best fit each ministry we choose to implement. There may be one boy not focused enough to run the audio/visual and you may have a girl in class that is to shy to give hugs at a nursing home. Ask God to help you put the right child in the right ministry.
Also read: Getting Kids involved in Church
#1 Classroom Greeter
The classroom greeter will welcome children to class, hand out children’s bulletins, if available, and introduce new kids to someone in class whom she can sit with. The greeter is an important part of adult church and we should be training our children for this essential role.
#2 Junior Ushers
The Junior ushers is a group of 2 -4 children that are responsible for leading the class in pledges to the American flag, Christian flag and to the Bible. The junior usher will also collect and count the offering. The ushers in adult church have many responsibilities, you may add to the kids responsibilities to mimic what the adults in your church do. I have the kids pass an offering plate in class because it is what the adults do. For me one of the functions of kids church is to prepare children to transition into the adult church environment, and that is what this accomplishes.
#3 Audio/Visual Technician
Does your classroom use visual aides like Power Point; do you use music?
The Audio Visual Technician will be a ministry where the child learns how to operate the system you use in your Kids church class. He will be in charge of playing music and advancing slides throughout the entirety of the class time. The junior technician could periodically shadow your adult audio/visual worker; this would likely be exciting for the student. The Child/children you select for this position should have a bit of maturity and show an ability to stay focused over a long period of time.
#4 Puppet/Drama Team
Ok, so older kids do not really enjoy puppet shows, but they do like to use puppets. The opportunity here is for you students to learn how to use puppets, practice a show and then perform in the nursery/toddlers room perhaps. Does your church have a play-date day for mothers and little ones to get together? This would provide an opportunity to put on a puppet show. If your church does special events, in the church or in the community, they might present another way for this ministry team serve and learn.
If your youth group or adults have a drama team it might be possible for some of the kids to work with them. Their plays and drama skits usually are performed in the adult worship service or at other events.
Check out: How to Start a Puppet Ministry and Using Puppets in Kids Church
#5 Facilities Ministry Leader/Team
I am sure that every week after Junior Church there is endless cleaning by teachers and assistant around the world. What if you cold have the kids clean the classroom for you. Great right. Try appointing a Facilities Manager. His Job will be to help direct the other kids in cleaning the classroom before leaving the class at the end of adult church. He will make sure large trash is picked up, crafts are with their owner and that the class is organized. After the other children have left this ministry leader will stay and sweep the floor and arrange the room properly. Hey, the church building as a whole needs cleaned weekly by an adult; why not train children to appreciate and take care of God’s worship building.
#6 Nursery/Toddler Room Assistants
Speak with your pre-k ministry leaders to see if they could use a young assistant in classrooms. Select a few kids that can play with toddlers, and assist with picking up and cleaning toys.
#7 Nursing Home Ministry
Does your church have an adult nursing home ministry. If so, this creates a wonderful opportunity for outreach. Get with the adult leader to see if you can bring a group of kids to the nursing home. It will be the kids job to talk a little bit to old folk and give hugs. The group doesn’t need to stay for the whole service just spend 15 minutes with them. The seniors will love it and look forward to it.
It is essential that each child knows why his ministry is important, ehy it’s important in the adult worship. They need to understand the responsibility and commitment needed to be the ministry leader.
# 8 Missions Leader/Team
The missions leader will read aloud, in class. a letter from a missionary. She will make cards for missionaries and lead the class in prayer for them. The leader will go on missions trips and give a report to the class or church about her experience.
#9 Community Relations Ministry Team
The community relations team will help in advertising for the church. The group can hand out fliers to people on the street or put door hangers on houses. They may hand out cold bottled water at the park or a community event. They can help with packing church info kits. The group can assist in any outreach event that the adults are having.
Now let us teach our kids to serve!
-External Resources -
34 Ways Children Can Serve
Children & Spiritual Gifts – Kids Can Serve God Too