Posts Tagged "Volunteers"

CM TeleSummit – Help! I Need Volunteers – Kevin Ranfield

cmtelesummit Here is my next, and last, installment of notes from the CMTelesummit.  Thank you to CMTelesummit for providing this awesome resource for those of us who can’t travel to traditional conferences!

Some key ingredients to engaging volunteers to your children’s ministry

  • Have a presentable plan
    • Have to have a vision for the Children Ministry
    • Have to document that vision
    • Hard to lead someone somewhere when they have no idea where they’re going
    • People like to be part of something where there is a goal in sight
    • Hand potential volunteers a copy of the written down vision
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CM TeleSummit – Leading a Core Volunteer Team – David Wakerley and Nathan McLean

cmtelesummit Here is my next installment of notes from the CMTelesummit.

  • Includes Nathan Mclean
  • Volunteers
    • Everything they do is based on volunteer base
    • Services not necessarily run by paid staff
    • Role of Children’s Pastor is to equip people within the church
    • Not there to do it alone but empower people to run the ministry
  • You as leader need to focus on what only you can do
    • Certain things only you can do
    • Other things you shouldn’t be doing
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CM TeleSummit – Finding and Keeping Volunteers – Jim Wideman

cmtelesummitIf you read this blog, it will come as no surprise that I have a great deal of respect for Jim Wideman.  I’m glad I don’t have to, but if I had to pick just one person to learn from as it relates to children’s ministry, I would pick Brother Jim.  His talk at the CMTelesummit was no exception.  Here are my notes from his session.  I missed the first five minutes or so of the talk due to some technical difficulties, but someone was kind enough to help me out so these notes include the entire session.

  • How do you find volunteers
    • My God shall supply all my needs
    • The same God that meets every need – we can expect him to help us with volunteers
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Kidmin1124 – A New Perspective on Children’s Ministry

BlueRedPeople Today, I am excited to announce to start of new project in the world of Children’s Ministry.  This morning marks the launch of a new group blogging project known as Kidmin1124. “Oh, that’s just what we need,” you might say, “another blog about children’s ministry.”  To that I would say two things.  First, we can always use another children’s ministry blog from people willing to share their wisdom and experience in Children’s Ministry.  Secondly, those of us involved in Kidmin1124 hope that this blog will offer a fresh perspective on Children’s Ministry.

Here is what we are all about.  Kidmin1124 brings together a group of volunteers, part-time and bi-vocational children’s ministers who share a passion for children’s ministry.  We learn a lot from the great blogs that are out there, but there seems to be a void in blogs written from the perspective of those who are not full-time ministers.  We hope to fill that void.  In addition to our passion for kids, we all share a passion for equipping and sharpening others who serve in children’s ministry.Kidmin1124Logo

Our sincere hope is that God will use this new venture to be a blessing to the Kidmin community in general.  While it will be written primarily from the perspective of volunteers and part-time or bi-vocational children’s ministers, we hope that it will also grow into a useful blog for those in full-time ministry as well.

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Volunteer and Bivocational Children’s Ministry

The purpose of this article is to introduce an exciting new resource for those of us who volunteer in children’s ministry or work in a capacity as a bivocational children’s minister.  Before I introduce you to the resource though, I want to tell you a little bit about why I started it and what I hope we can accomplish through it.

I have been blogging (well, blogging regularly) for a little over a year now.  In that time, my blog has changed names once and locations twice, the focus of the blog has shifted from more general articles to primarily reflecting my passion for working in children’s ministry, and I have started to contribute articles to in addition to maintaining this blog.  Perhaps that is part of the reason that there seems to be some confusion about what I do.  When people ask me that age old question “What do you do?” I tell them that I work with kids because that is where my passion is.  In all actuality though, that is not my full-time profession.  I am volunteer in our church’s children’s ministry.  During the week, I work full time (sometimes a little bit more) at my other job.  For forty-plus house a week, I am a partner in a small CPA firm that specializes in litigation support, forensic accounting and business valuations.  Like so many who work in children’s ministry, the time I get to spend on children’s ministry is relegated to nights and weekends.  I sometimes think that if God had called me earlier in my life, he may have called me to full time ministry to children and families, but he did not.  He may still call me that at some point in the future, but for now I am exactly where he put me.

I am not alone.  I have learned a number of thing from the last year of blogging and networking with other children’s ministry minded individuals on the internet.  First, they are a very generous and open group of individuals who are willing to share their experience and ideas with almost anyone.  Secondly, while there are a large number of full time children’s pastors who are passionately devoted to children’s ministry, there is also an extremely large group of volunteers and unpaid children’s ministers.  This group includes volunteers, bivocational children’s pastors and those dedicated to more than one ministry within the church including children’s ministries.  Though not full-time, and oftentimes unpaid, their passion for children is second to none.  This is the group that I fall into.

As a group, we share some things in common.  While our passion for children’s ministry is as strong as anyone, the time we have available to prepare for and minister to kids is limited.  Many of us have trouble attending conferences and doing in-person networking because of time limitations and constraints imposed by our other jobs.  We often feel torn between our God given calling to work with kids and the other things which we must get done.  To that end, I felt it was appropriate to start a place when such individuals can gather, network with one another, share ideas, share concerns and generally sharpen one another.

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