Whether you are trying to recruit volunteers or are a volunteer yourself, there are many hurdles. By human nature, we tend to look out for ourselves. It’s sometimes hard for us to sacrifice time, money, and relaxation for the good of others. Volunteering does many different things for different types of people, but here’s the main reason why I like to volunteer in kids ministry…kids are fun.
Last Sunday, I volunteered in the preschool ministry at my church. The lesson was on the 10 Commandments. After singing a song (and having no musical ability whatsoever), helping make “tasty tablets” for a snack, and taking a potty break with 4 year olds, you tend to realize just how much your ministry would suffer without volunteers.
It’s amazing how working with kids is an instant throwback to when you were that age. I’m sure some of you children’s ministers out there know what I’m talking about. One of the reasons why I love kids so much is that they are hilarious. Hanging out with a kid is like taking a small vacation back to when you were 5. While coloring a picture of Moses, one little guy said, “My dad says I need to color in the lines. I’m trying so hard but it’s just not working!” I can honestly remember those days. It was tough.
Same coloring sheet, different kid: “Is this before or after Moses went up on that hill? I need to know if I should color his face bright yellow.” And also, “Is this the same Moses that was a basket case?” “Are you talking about the basket Moses was in as a baby?” “Yeah, that’s it. He was IN a basket case.” So full of questions! At such a young age, they retain so much information. You are literally teaching them things they will remember forever.
My plea is this: Go out and volunteer your time with kids’ ministry. It’s such an awesome responsibility that the Lord has given us!