Why Can’t We Be Friends?

Youth Specialties
January 20th, 2011

Childrens' pastors and youth pastors…

What's the deal? How come it seems like the two are never on the same page? In many church situations the transition into the student ministry isn't well thought out and/or poorly executed. My thought is that it might just be that the two “departments” just don't spend all that much time together.

Here's several reasons to show a little love to your children's ministry leaders.

  1. You're on the same team!
  2. You have similar goals.
  3. Working together will give you more opportunities for your students to do hands-on ministry right inside the walls of your church.
  4. Your level of involvement with the children's ministry team will dictate how comfortable the kids are with you when they are ready to transition into your student ministry.  
  5. When you work together, more will be accomplished in less time.
  6. They deserve your love. They are probably pastoring your kids (or will in the future).  
  7. Because childrens' ministry is where it's at! The older kids get, the harder it is to teach — as the saying goes — “old dogs new tricks”. Another friends of mine says, “Catch them while they are young and you won't have to rescue them later.”

So… why can't we all just get along? We can do this!

Youth Specialties

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