If you have ever attended CentriKid Camps, you have experienced a culture with values that are infused into every aspect of camp. These principles are not apparent by accident, but are intentional and used to present the Gospel to kids. But how do these principles apply to everyday church ministry?
What I have learned as a CentriKid staffer has greatly impacted the way in which I do ministry as the children’s director at my church. Here are some key points learned from camp that I make an effort to incorporate into what I do in church ministry on a weekly basis:
Build relationships – At CentriKid, we believe that ministry happens best in the context of relationships. In children’s ministry, this translates into making the most of every opportunity by being intentional and connecting with the families in which you have the opportunity to minister. Whether leading a small group, changing a diaper, or ministering to the parent of a child, relationships are so important and create the foundation for ministry.
Make it Fun – Church should be fun! It is easy to have fun at camp because every element is designed to help the kids understand the Gospel in a fun, relatable way, but it is just as important to have fun at church! Making seemingly ordinary tasks and activities engaging and exciting can help kids better understand the love of Christ.
Value your volunteers – Valuing the volunteers and work of those in children’s ministry is so important! A short note, pat on the back, or a simple word of encouragement demonstrates that you love, care for, and appreciate those with whom you do ministry.
Know that what you do matters – Children’s ministry, while often a thankless job, is also the most rewarding. Just like camp, it is filled with long hours and, at times, has its share of frustrations, but what we do in children’s ministry by ministering to kids makes an eternal difference that we do not even realize. We may never see or understand to the full extent the influence we have, but what we are doing through influencing kids to become followers of Christ is making an eternal impact.
Katie Walliser started working CentriKid in 2012. Katie has served as a Bible study leader, a store manager, and as an assistant director.