Children’s Ministry

As Coordinator of Children’s Ministries, you are “responsible for assuring that children are considered and included within the life of the congregation. The coordinator will lead the children’s council, when organized, and will work closely with clergy and other program-related staff. The coordinator will vision, plan, and advocate for children, particularly in the areas of faith development, safety, and discipleship. The coordinator will work with other leaders in the congregation to assure that policies and procedures are in place to help keep all children and the adults who care for and work with them safe.” These policies and procedures include such things as background checks, having at least two adults per group, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first-aid training. “The coordinator will also advocate for mission education for children, including The United Methodist Children’s Fund for Christian Mission” (Discipline, ¶256.2a).

What does the coordinator do?

Maintain a healthy and growing personal spiritual life and lead others to do the same.

Pay attention to the hopes, concerns, and needs of children in your community to determine how your congregation might serve them and their families and how they might serve one another as Christian disciples and good neighbors.  Connect children’s ministry to the overall goals of your congregation.

Advocate for including children in all aspects of the ministry of the congregation. Raise awareness in your congregation to children’s needs and contributions in the community and the world.

Work with others, especially church staff and leaders, to plan and carry out ministry with children in a varied and wide-ranging program that includes worship, study, fellowship, and service opportunities.

Work with the children’s council (if organized) throughout the year, including planning its agendas and presiding at its meetings. If there is no children’s council, call together children, parents and children’s leaders for planning.

Continue to increase knowledge of curriculum and other resources available for children in order to help teachers and group leaders select appropriate resources for study and growth.