Often, a disconnect exists between the way pastors, children's ministry volunteers, and churches describe the health and impact of children's ministry volunteers (and the overall functioning of an ongoing children's ministry). The volunteer dysfunction that is evident in many churches goes beyond the building scenario or the current strategy that leadership is pursuing. If one asks the pastor of just about any local church how the children's ministry is going, most pastors will respond positively. However, if speaking with a children's ministry volunteer, one is likely to hear, "I am burned out, but I feel obligated to serve here because we have such a shortage of volunteers and I do love these kids." Too often, there is no program in place to monitor the health of the ministry. Official training is lacking, church vision is blurred, and many children's ministry volunteers feel like they are nothing more than large-group, unpaid babysitters. This book analyzes these problems and provides pragmatic, systematic steps to a healthier, more robust children's ministry.
About the Author
Kenneth Warren is an online instructor with Liberty University's School of Behavioral Sciences and has also taught online with the Rawlings School of Divinity in Lynchburg, Virginia, primarily teaching Christian counseling courses. He has served churches in Virginia, Florida, and North Carolina in associate pastor roles as well as clinical mental health positions in the state of Virginia. He lives in the foothills of Virginia with his wife Ester, son Bailey, and daughter Molly. John S. Knox is an associate professor with Liberty University's school of behavioral sciences and school of divinity in Lynchburg, Virginia. He has taught the Bible, history, and sociology for nearly two decades at several Christian universities in the United States. He lives in Virginia with his wife, Brenda, and their two sons, Jacob and Joseph. He is the author of The Letter of Alon (2013), Sacro-Egoism (Wipf & Stock, 2016), John Wesley's 52 Standard Sermons (Wipf & Stock, 2017), God in the Details (2017), A Lexicon of Sociological Terms and Theorists (2018), and Jacobus Arminius Stands His Ground (Wipf & Stock, 2019).