One of the most important things we can do as leaders in Kids Ministry is to allow our children opportunities to serve . . . especially if they are taking the initiative to seek out those opportunities on their own.
Now, it’s a no-brainer to allow High Schoolers the chance to serve, but what do you say to Middle School kids? Sure, kids this age can be a bit challenging to manage at times, but it’s well worth it to have them on the team using their gifts and talents for the glory of God. We have Middle Schoolers as Small Group helpers, tech peeps for Large Group, and Tear Down helpers. And not to mention that one day those Middle School kids will be in High School . . . so in the long run you are not only investing in their lives by allowing them to serve, but you, as a leader in Kids Ministry, are making a long term investment in the life of a future ALL-STAR volunteer.
But OK, let’s go a step further . . . what about an Elementary Age Kid? I mean even a 1st Grader? What do you say when they walk up to you and ask to help? Our leaders have grown accustomed to letting kids of all ages serve if they are interested in doing so. It might be helping pass out clipboards, carrying something to another group, helping pack up, helping direct traffic in the hallways, or giving other kids high-fives as they walk into Large Group . . . but we’ll find them something to do.
Yes, sometimes that 1st Grader slows things down a bit, but it is well worth it. More important than getting stuff done quickly on a Sunday morning is empowering a child to want to serve. NOW THAT’S AWESOME!!!
So always be on the lookout for those kids who are wanting to help, and be sure to have a list of things that kids of all ages can accomplish.