Have you wanted to provide an opportunity for your volunteers to learn more about children’s ministry but they seem to be too busy? Have you ever hosted a training event that you were excited about, but hardly anyone showed up? If so, then you’re not alone.

One of our God-given responsibilities, as leaders in the church, is to equip others to do the work of the ministry (Ephesians 4:11-12). We all know this. The problem is that many people today are so busy, it is often difficult to provide them with the needed training, without “infringing” on their already full schedules.

That being said, email is a great way to communicate with your volunteers and you can utilize it to train them.

 If you visit Mailchimp.com and sign up for an account, you can build an email list and send out emails, using templates that make them look great.

Since you are reading this, I’m guess that you already frequent blogs. When you find a great article that would help your volunteers, save the link and put it in an email template. Spend a week or two accumulating links and, once you have a small list of helpful resources and articles, send it to them.

Sending these types of things to further develop your volunteers is beneficial, because they can read they types of articles that interests them and they can do so on their own schedules.

If you want other resources to easily train your busy volunteers, you should take a look at these:

Do you have any other easy volunteer training ideas? Leave them in the comment section!

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GJ Farmer is a husband, a dad, the founder of ChildrensMinistryBlog.com, and is the Children’s Pastor at First Baptist Church in Somerset, Kentucky. He has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Church Ministries and a Master’s degree in Children’s Ministry. He has also been fortunate to lead and teach groups at children’s ministry conferences and to have had some of his writing published. Apart from working with kids, he enjoys reading, performing magic tricks, playing video games, and University of Kentucky basketball.


  1. We are gearing up for our Fall Kickoff tonight. We are hosting an IDEA FAIR that will help people think outside of the box. We have noticed that our volunteers have done the same object lessons for a couple of years and they rely on their old favorites. Or they only color with crayons. We have paint brushes made of different materials for themto try. We are trying to introduce them to new ideas to implement. We have also invited parents to attend because we want the parent to be the primary spiritual influencer in their child’s life. What better way to equip them than to show them resources to use in their home. There are about 30 different stations to browse through, try things out and take resources home. We can hardly wait!