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Building Your Team

  1. ASK – Be intentional. Pray. Invite at least 3 people a week to join your team.

Ask, and It Will Be Given

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

  • Ask God. Spend time in prayer daily, with your current lead team, and your whole team.
  • Ask Teachers/Leaders. Talk to Sunday School teachers in your church. Ask them who they think is ready to start serving.
  • Ask your current Team. The people who are currently serving with you can be your best recruiters. They can share vision and excitement. They can tell stories of personal experience and blessings.
  • Ask Parents. Interested parents are a great resource for your team.
  • What about youth? Youth are a great area of leadership. Talk with your Youth Pastor/Leader about it. Set clear guidelines and requirements. Don’t skip any steps with youth.
  1. Application – Give the application to each new volunteer.
  • An application helps you evaluate potential volunteers.
  • It gives you an opportunity to ask a few hard questions.
  • It can act as a filter, if a person doesn’t want to fill out the form it lets you know they really aren’t ready to serve.
  • It gives you time. Time to pray, time to check references, and time to evaluate the best place for a person. (this will happen latter too)
  1. Review – Pray. Look over the volunteer application using a checklist.
  • An application without review is a wasted tool.
  • A check list helps you be consistent.
  • A review will dictate the questions and format of the interview.
  1. Background – contact references and submit a background check.
  • Everyone must be background checked. No exceptions.
  • Here are a few resources to do background checks. See attached.
  • What if a person comes back with a problem?
    • Where children involved? For me, this is an automatic no.
    • Was it before they became a Christian?
    • Is there evidence of a changed life?
    • Check with many references.
    • If there is any doubt, say no, or not now.
  1. Interview – Ask questions from the interview guide.
  2. Tour – Set up a Children’s Ministry Tour date
  • Resources – How do they get the things they need.
    • Curriculum
    • Supplies
  • Copier – location, codes, where is more paper.
  • Process – What goes on? When does it happen? Who goes where?
  1. Expectations – provide clear expectations and job descriptions.
  2. Group – in your data base assign each new volunteer to the proper group.
  3. Follow up – Follow up with the applicant after the ministry tour.
  4. Schedule – put the new volunteer into the rotation (yea! Celebrate!)
  5. Celebrate – Find a way to celebrate the new Team Members
  6. Follow up – Follow up after the first time they serve, after a month, after six months. Let them help you make the process better in the future.

Building Your Team Notes

DIG Checklist and Interview Guide

2017 Kid City Preschool and Children Ministry Application


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