The title Children’s Pastor, Minister, or Director is not found in the Bible. Most of us who minister to children do so under the office of the Pastor or Shepherd. One of the best descriptions of what a shepherd does in found in 1Peter 5:2 & 3 “Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, serving as overseers --not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. We see five main duties or descriptions of a shepherd in these verses. 1. Feeder 2. Care giver or tender
3. Overseer 4. Willing and eager to serve 5.Example Let’s take a look at each one of these and see what we should be doing and what we should outsource.
We have been called to feed the flock (Kids need the Word!) But we are not the only feeders within the children’s ministry. Our success depends not only on our abilities to teach and communicate but also our abilities to coach as well as train volunteers how to be effective. Success also depends on our abilities to partner, connect, and motivate parents to also assist with the feeding of their child. Something we cannot outsource here is determining the needs at hand. Those who help us feed must teach in ways that get the best results. Jesus used a variety of methods. He used questions, discussion, lecture or preaching, He used stories, illustrations, object lessons and also demonstration. He ministered to both large group and small groups. He’s our example. Our teams as well as us should follow that example. You cannot successfully outsource to others without show in addition to tell. We must model to others what we want them to do with excellence.