Children’s Ministries Guidelines Resources


Children's Ministries Guidelines 2017-2020 CoverYou have answered the call to serve as a minister to children. Calls come in a variety of ways, yet here you are. Whether your ministry touches three children in a small congregation, three hundred children in a large congregation, or the children who live in the community where you serve, you have been invited to gather dedicated adults and scripturally sound resources to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. This booklet concentrates of the basics of ministry that help children grow in faith. It is the beginning point for organizing for ministry and is designed to help congregations use their own gifts to respond to God’s call to care for the children, on Sunday morning, through the week, and for special events. These additional resources are referenced in the booklet. 

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Ministry with Children District Leadership Training Model
[Guidelines, page 12]

Safe Sanctuaries® Contact List
[Guidelines, page 13]

DOWNLOAD Collaboration Cycle for Planning [PDF]
[Guidelines, page 14]

“A Rule of Life for Small Groups” by Steve Manskar. Each member has a voice in building and keeping the covenant. When building a covenant, consider everyone’s ideas. You may want to offer the following as a starting point. View sample covenants » [Guidelines, page 15]

Christian Home Month » 
[Guidelines, page 18]

Older Adult Recognition Day » 
[Guidelines, page 18]

Aldersgate Day » 
[Guidelines, page 18]

DOWNLOAD the Curriculum and Resource Selection Checklist [PDF]
[Guidelines, page 21]

Evaluation and Planning Checklists

[Guidelines, page 21 sidebar]


[Guidelines, pages 34-35]

Child Care and the Church — Official document of The United Methodist Church outlining responsibilities in initiating, encouraging, and participating in the highest quality of childcare. 

Ministry with Children District Leadership Training Model »

Guidelines for Weekday Preschool Ministries in United Methodist Congregations »

Worship with Children — Online resources that support including children in worship and the life of the congregation

What Every Child Should Experience: A Guide for Teachers and Leaders in United Methodist Congregations