Children "hear" our actions louder than our words. Often kids watch us before they understand the message we are communicating. Our modeling and application need to be as true as the story we teach. What their eyes see penetrates deeper into their souls than what their ears hear. That's why it's so important that volunteers in children's ministry model authenticity and community.
In children's ministry, community occurs in two ways:
- When sincere adult believers build a relationship with kids by investing in their spiritual growth and becoming involved in the lives of the children. Volunteers greet the kids, listen to their stories, ask how their week is going, laugh with the kids, and become a friend.
- At an adult level when members of the ministry team become connected through sharing about themselves and serving together. Team members intentionally share their struggles, weaknesses, and strengths with one another, keep each other accountable, grow together spiritually, and help and encourage each other. This can happen as you gather before or after the hour for 15 minutes and connect with each other.