Safety and security are a BIG deal in Kids Ministry! If the children are not safe and secure AND if the parents don’t feel like the kids are safe and secure, you may never even have an opportunity to minister to those children. Safety and security should be a high priority for EVERY Kids Ministry.
Hopefully, each of you have a practice of requiring an application and background check for every volunteer who wants to work on your team. Something that you may not do – ask for references. On our application, we ask for three references of people NOT RELATED to the applicant. If possible, we try to get at least one reference that is a former pastor (if they came from another church).
When we call those references, here are some questions we ask them about the applicant…
Questions we ask “Friends” of the applicant:
- How long have you known this person?
- In what capacity?
- What is this person’s greatest strength?
- What is this person’s greatest weakness?
- Do you know of any habits or practices in this person’s life that would not be suitable for a person who leads children?
- Do you know of any reason this person should NOT work as a leader with children?
Questions we ask “Former Pastors” of the applicant:
- How long did they attend your church?
- How long did they serve in ministry at your church?
- Why did they leave your church?
- Were they faithful in attendance?
- Did they possess a spirit of cooperation and unity?
This may seem like “overkill,” but it is so important that we are thorough in processing and getting to know the person who is going to volunteering to work with the precious little ones in your ministry. Every child is worth our BEST EFFORT in ensuring a safe and secure environment for them to receive the instruction from God’s Word.
What are some questions I missed? Do you have other practices for “checking on” the applicants for Kids Ministry in your church? Leave a comment and share it with the community!