Insight from a Children's Pastor & Awana Commander

Non-Negotiables for an Effective Ministry


As I view different ministries and am asked to evaluate them, I realize that there are some basic “non-negotiables” that you must have that apply to any children’s ministry. Here they are, in no particular order:

  • A purpose – Why are you doing what you are doing?
  • Communication – Among leadership, with children and families
  • Relationships – If you don’t know them, if they don’t trust you, you will not be able to speak in to their lives
  • Passion/Enthusiasm – If you don’t care, neither will others
  • Prayer – It helps keep our focus
  • Fun – It makes it relational, but shouldn’t be all you have
  • Engaging/Interactive – It should gain the attention of the children and have them involved.
  • The One True God – Going a long with purpose, we are in ministry to tell people about God, to train them to tell others. If God is not leading your ministry, it will fall.

I plan to comment more on each one to help you evaluate your ministry as the school/ministry year ends.

What else would you add to the list?


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