Children's Ministry: Needs Vs. Expectations
Scott Rodgers has a brief and insightful blog post over at Swerve. Click here to read it. His use of the term "stakeholders" might turn some folks off, but he makes some good points about what children, parents, and volunteers expect our of children's ministry.
Children's ministry can be a challenge, since it is dependent upon both parents and children finding fulfillment. As a result, it's momentum often ebbs and flows with family life cycles and even seasons (summer, school, holidays--cold & flu season).
"After blending a clear strategy with a lot of hard work the mission and vision became a reality. Kid’s lives were being changed. Parents loved it and we hardly ever lost a volunteer."