I’m cruising down the road listening to a favorite music CD mix that is like a good friend. I was mulling over ways of purposing to be ready to receive guests in Children’s ministry at churches. Music artist Sara Groves echoed the answer in my car. “All the thirsty who heard about living water need a way to the well.”
A way to the well. That’s it. We have guests who are spiritual thirsty parents and kids who cross our ministry. How are they met? Forms, administrative stuff, waiting game? Are we REALLY poised and ready each week time, at each service? Have you purposefully made room at the well with regards to ease and flow? We’ve got to remember what an opportunity is presented when new folks visit. We’ve GOT to keep it simple.
Jesus told the woman at the well that whoever drinks from the living water He offers will never thirst again. Finding Jesus is everything as a ministry goal. It’s THE goal. Registration and greeting families is their first step towards stepping up and making room at the well. You get to make a first impression but once. MAKE IT COUNT. Make it smooooth! Is yours Children’s Ministry over the top friendly and engaging?
Put the top people friendly folks up front. Strong happy people! It’s too important NOT to prioritize who these volunteers are. Walk people through a simple overview to assure them of safety and security. If it was your first time, your kids- what would you think? Impart how valuable their children are to your team.
Parents love it when we love on their kids. They want to know we care. From arrival to dismissal they are watching what’s going on. Instill this in your volunteers. Will you pass the visitor test? Make their entire experience from arrival to dismissal a PRESENT with good PR skills at the forefront. It’s what separates us an average child care to MINISTRY to parents and kids.Get someone to come and experience your ministry and give you feedback on how their experience was. Make it a high priority to change whatever necessary asap to improve your operations in guest relations. They need a way to the well.