Team Of One – When Ministry Is Lonely [Jenny Funderburke – Group Kidmin Conference]

Problems of being in a ministry of one:

  1. Turing/Burnout
  2. No Support
  3. No one to bounce things off of / feeback
  4. Facility
  5. Volunteers
  6. Age Groups

Fighting Burnout

– Take care of yourself spiritually

– Talk to other people doing the same thing (local groups)

– Create a team with other peopl

Fighting the Loneliness

– Find people

– Conferences

– Local people



  1. Not only is it difficult being a ministry team of one, it is difficult and often lonely at the top. As bosses or supervisors, we must draw a line between us and our staff. Avoid getting to friendly with our staff. Remember we are co-workers first and friends second. It’s tough. Thank you for this post.

  2. Hi Jim,

    My name is David Hutter and I’m a children’s ministry worker at a church in England.

    For the last few years I have been working on a Christian 3d animated movie called “Strawinsky and the mysterious house” in my spare time.

    The story is inspired by the works, writing and style of C. S. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia), animated classic Walt Disney musicals and the parables told by Jesus Christ. You can read more about the film and its message at

    I was wondering if you would be interested to write a short review of the animation? I’d be very happy to send you a link to the full version of the movie.

    God bless,
    David Hutter

    Hope Animation