3 Reasons Why You Should NOT be Teaching Kids

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Greg Baird explains why he, as a children's director, does not commit to teaching a children's class week to week.

As a children’s pastor/director, I love kids! I hope you do to. I love seeing them come to an understanding of scripture and the principles we are trying to communicate to them. And I love teaching them those principles.

But I came to a realization – I should not be the one teaching them those principles, or at least not on a week to week basis. Why? Well, it’s not about the teaching part, it’s about leadership. In fact, I DO encourage the children’s pastor/director to teach the kids, just don’t commit to a single class on a week to week basis. 

Here’s why:

1. Your role is primarily about adults, not kidsYour should be primarily about connecting with staff, core leaders, volunteers and parents. And the larger the church, the more imperative this becomes. In my opinion, about 85% or more of your time should be spent in adult focused communication.

2. Your role is about equipping othersAs a church leaders, Ephesians 4:12 is pretty clear about what our job is – to equip others to do the work of the ministry. If you are assuming the primary teaching role on a week to week basis, is the equipping part really happening?

3. Your role is primarily about leading. If I tie myself up during a full service time on the weekend (and in many cases I’ve seen the children’s pastor tied up teaching during every service time), it limits my ability to lead effectively when my followers are actually there with me. So doing things like solving problems,  making the necessary connections, evaluating ministry, etc., simply can’t happen very well.

What I recommend to children’s pastors/directors, when it comes to teaching, is to rotate through all areas of your ministry. Every church is different when it comes to scheduling, but be in all the different areas at least once per quarter without committing to any single area each week. This allows you the freedom to do the 3 things mentioned above. It also gives you another very important benefit – being in front of ALL your kids, not just a single age group. It accomplishes everything you should be accomplishing as a children’s pastor/director.

What do you do when it comes to the teaching element in your role? 

Greg Baird Greg Baird is a Children’s Ministry veteran with over 20 years ministry experience. Greg has had the privilege of serving in four San Diego area churches, including under the leadership of both John Maxwell and David Jeremiah. He continues to fulfill his life calling through the ministry of ChildrensMinistryLeader.com, offering an experienced voice in equipping and connecting Children’s Ministry leaders around the country and around the world.

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  • Peter

    Great principles for EVERY leadership role in the church – the hierarchical “man at the top does it all” model is absolute burn-out territory for leadership and equally robs everyone else of the rich gifts that are throughout the body.
    These principles properly adapted will see healthy church growth in all areas of ministry.
    See Ephesians 4:1-15

    Well said – and hopefully well heeded.