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Comment by Roger Fields on July 5, 2010 at 10:11am
10 days until CMX (Children's Ministry Expo)
Comment by Amanda Marshall on May 20, 2010 at 9:27am
Hey Rhoda,

First of all, thanks for hanging there and continuing to share Christ with your kids each week--even when you are feeling burnt out and overwhelmed! God is using you and your love for the kids! You are facing some very common problems in ministry, but the good news is there is hope! I would suggest a couple things.

First, you need to talk with your senior pastor. Explain where you're at, how you're feeling and what you need. You might want to talk about having a break from kids' church for a couple months, which can give you the opportunity to rest, worship, regroup, create a new plan for long-term success in kids' church and recruit people to join the team. Share your vision for impacting kids and your community with your senior pastor and ask him/her to join you in sharing that vision with the congregation.

Second, I would focus on regrouping children's church so it is more manageable and less overwhelming for you and new volunteers. Sometimes we're tempted to think that in order to impact kids we need to have the most impressive performances, exciting elements and thorough teaching. The reality is that what makes the biggest and longest-lasting impact on our kids is relationships. If kids know you love and support them and will be there for them, they are willing to overlook a multitude of "production sins." Perhaps you could get together with a few potential volunteers--talk about what wasn't working before and why people were leaving the team and brainstorm ways to make your ministry more realistic.

Third, find other ways to connect to worship, discovery and community besides just the adult worship service at your church. You need to be plugged into these things even if you can't make it to the Sunday morning service. Join a small group or Bible study, attend a worship service at another church in your community that offers a service time that doesn't interfere with your service, or even take that new group of volunteers you have and form a small group where you gather to worship, support and encourage each other.

Don't give up! God has a great plan for you, your kids and your church! Feel free to contact me if there's anything else I can do to help!
Comment by Doug Drake on May 17, 2009 at 11:15am
Hi Rhoda,
I can speak for myself on this, but I wonder if many churches have gone through similar experiences as you have. I was also overseeing an awesome puppet/children's church team many years ago and the interest and commitment died away, so we have since adjusted to a new style of Children's Church. It became harder to get people who would do that type of a ministry, because there is a little more involved than just showing up. Also the children respond with greater disdain I think to a puppet show that is not done very well. Even though your show was probably great!, any rude or discouraging comments from the 'peanut gallery', might play into losing good people over time. It's tougher to put on a good show with puppets for the children now days, so we find we need to change our presentations and how and what we are doing. I know lots of children's ministers are going away from puppets all together. We use them at our church now only in preschool.
There are newer and I think better ways to grab the attention of the children than the puppet, so I would encourage you to research some of those. The children's church programs have gotten a lot better and perhaps the Lord is providing this time for you to take a look at what other things are out there.
Be are involved in a great work and the Lord does and will continue to equip you for the work. Sometimes with great help and sometimes with great ideas.
Let me know if I can help you with anything else.

Comment by Rhoda Sampley on May 15, 2009 at 4:51pm
I have long hesitated to post to this discussion because my comments stem from hurt and disappointment. Five years ago, our church ran about 175-200 people with a children's group of about 25-30 children. Our children's churh ministry team consisted of 13 members. We had the most amazing puppet team and our team was split into three groups which rotated three Sundays of the month. Within three years after our new pastor came, we are blessed to have 100 people there on Sunday and about 50 on Wednesdays. fourteen months ago the remainder of our puppet team left, then the pastor informed me that I would have to start having CC every Sunday. This added one more service a month and two more Sundays on months with five Sundays.

I am not complaining and I live for children's ministry, but in the last fourteen months I have been in the adult service for the preaching about 10 times. The members who are left do not want to be invovled in anything and except for the couple who help with crowd control, I am the only one doing Children's Church. I have seriously considered laying it all down because I am starting to feel mechanical and robotic about my ministry and it is killing my spirit. Any ideas?
Comment by cristy on January 21, 2009 at 9:49am
I am so excited that I found CMCONNECT! I have been In children's ministry since I was a child myself! I love it! Actually, children's church kept me interested in church when I was growing up and thank goodness it kept me pure and clean from all the filth that surrounded me! My heart is big and my passion is strong for this ministry!
Roger. I am so excited about Big City Studios. I love, love, love it. And so does our children! I am waiting for the day that I get to come to a Uncensored Meeting and learn more. You have a host of wonderfully, talented people! I love Jim and have heard him speak on many occasions in Tulsa, at Church on The Move! He has an awesome testimony! I can't wait til you are close by so I can take my gang to the meeting and we can go to a new level! Praise God!
Any suggestions for someone who is not yet full time in this ministry. It is really hard juggling work, husband, house, kids, ministry..... I will be waiting to hear from you! Thanks and Gods blessings on you all!
Comment by Deborah Sisco on November 17, 2008 at 2:45pm
Hey Roger,
Had a blast at Uncensored...didn't have the winning bid on the TP where can I get one!
Comment by Daniel Geer on October 2, 2008 at 8:34am
When we came to our present assignment, I had a similar situation. For what its worth, we spent time to take the folks out to eat and make a place for her in the ministry, although I had not at that time evaluated her. Their response was to talk about us behind our backs and criticize the ministry. They attend church about once every 8 weeks or so. We must do our best, but people are free to do whatever they do. I am confident that we did nothing to earn their ire.
Comment by Terra Harrison on September 21, 2008 at 9:49pm

Here's Jim, Roger and Mark hanging out after Uncensored at Living Word in Minneapolis.
Comment by Jason Douglass on August 24, 2008 at 11:08pm
Ok here is my Uncensored... Why... Why do we haft to do this... why why why... Its driving me CRAZY. Anyone having the same problem?
Comment by Daniel Geer on July 27, 2008 at 1:56pm
The narratives of scripture reveal God in context. That is why we tell Bible stories. BTW, adults do better when they hear Bible stories and not tales from the latest Oprah recommended book!

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