Interviewing at a church for a children ministry place might be thrilling and horrifying all wrapped up collectively. Both you and the church need to make it possible for the match is true as a result of there may be a lot at stake. In addition to asking questions in regards to the church itself—equivalent to what’s its theology—additionally, you will need to ask questions in regards to the church’s children ministry that offers you the perception it’s essential make the correct determination. Here are eight vital inquiries to get you began:
- What is the children ministry philosophy? Is it negotiable?
Is it a family-integrated mannequin the place age segmentation is eradicated just about fully. Adults, college students, and children attend Bible research collectively, worship collectively, and do occasions collectively. Or is it a family-based mannequin the place intergenerational gatherings join the age segmented ministries collectively. Kids can be in courses with simply children, will attend occasions with simply children, and so forth, however there can even be occasions and courses that put children, college students, and adults collectively. This is extra of a both-and strategy. Or is it a family-equipping mannequin the place the age-segmented ministry construction is undamaged, however the whole lot that’s achieved is completed with an eye fixed on equipping households. (If you need to study extra about these approaches, see Perspectives on Family Ministry: 3 Views, edited by Timothy Paul Jones.)
No matter what the church’s ministry philosophy is, it would be best to ask the follow-up query whether it is negotiable. Here’s why. If your philosophy and the church’s don’t align, you will have to know should you would wish to defer to the church’s philosophy or not. That might be a deal-breaker. But even when they align, it would be best to know the way set the church is in that philosophy. Is it a real worth of the church or is it extra of a default? That will assist you already know what vision-casting may be wanted should you settle for the place.
- How does the pastor see the children minister? The workers staff? The church?
Put merely, would they see you as extra of an equal or not? The reality is that many pastors, workers groups, and church buildings don’t see children ministers as they need to—they’re seen as second-tier workers members. They aren’t “real” workers members—they simply maintain the children entertained. This is irritating and it’s fallacious, however it’s the actuality for a lot of church buildings. One of the very best methods we may help our youngsters and households is by elevating the bar on this space—working to assist church buildings take our position severely and giving it the burden it’s due.
- What curriculum is getting used. Why?
You can study fairly a bit a few ministry by its curriculum and the thought course of that went into what’s used. Was it chosen as a result of it was enjoyable? Cheap? Easy? Or was it chosen as a result of it aligns with the church’s theology and the children ministry philosophy? An vital follow-up query is whether or not the church is open to altering curriculum and the way that course of would work.
- What common applications are achieved. Why?
Does the church do VBS? Summer camps? Christmas and Easter applications and occasions? Are any of those anticipated—form of sacred cows within the church? Have they been efficient? How do they connect with the church’s imaginative and prescient and mission? As you already know, occasions require tons of power and sources. Many instances they’re value it, however typically they aren’t. You have to find out about all of the occasions the church does earlier than you stroll into a possible minefield.
- How invested are the children leaders within the ministry? Are they drained? Energized? Valued?
Committed, loving, godly leaders are the lifeblood of a wholesome ministry. Be certain to get pretty much as good of a pulse on the ministry staff as you may. If you settle for the ministry place, attending to know your staff and constructing into it could seemingly be your first step, and also you would wish to know what they want instantly.
- How invested are households in discipling their children? What has been achieved to encourage and equip them?
Leaders are the lifeblood of ministry, however households (mother and father, grandparents, guardians, and many others.) are your biggest companions in discipling children. Are they doing that? Have they been inspired and outfitted to try this? What would they want from you, the children minister?
- What is the partnership between the children ministry and pupil ministry like?
Far too many church buildings function in silos to the detriment of youngsters, college students, and households, and the church itself. What is the connection like between ministries? Is it cohesive or are they disconnected? Are there robust transitions between them? Do they work collectively to assist equip households?
- What wins would you need to see?
Don’t overlook to ask some extra sensible questions too, equivalent to this one. Finding out what wins are hanging on the market offers you perception into what expectations you’d be beneath and what the church actually values. How this query is answered would additionally enable you set up what to work on in your first 90 days.
Brian Dembowczyk is the managing editor for The Gospel Project. He served in native church ministry for over 16 years earlier than coming to Lifeway. Brian earned an M.Div. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a D.Min. from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his household dwell in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.