It had been a long Sunday morning.  I could tell by the look on my volunteer’s face that something had to give.  The kids in her class were out of control and they needed boundaries in a bad way.  This was the final straw and it was time for a change.

I decided we need a plan of action so I met with the volunteers in our Children’s Ministry programs and we discussed different ideas for how to handle behavior issues in our classes.  We came up with a set of guidelines for our ministry.  We called them our “Children’s Ministry Expectations.”

We decided that an acronym was best for our expectations as it would be easy for the kids to remember.  We came up with the following:

Follow the L.O.R.D. 

Listen to your adult leader

Obey your adult leader

Respect God, your adult leader, and your friends

Discover God and His love

I designed a graphic for our expectations and it’s displayed in all the classrooms as well as on the big screen during our large group worship on Sunday mornings.  It has worked well and all the volunteers have been very pleased with the kids behavior since our implementation of it.

Follow the LORD (3)Kids need boundaries.  They need to know what’s expected of them at church.  If they don’t, then they will push you as far as they can till you break and never want to volunteer again.

These expectations are very beneficial in keeping order in the class so that every child who attends your church can effectively learn about God and the love Jesus has for us.

What expectations do you have in your Children’s Ministry?  Please share with us!

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Vanessa Myers is the Children’s Director at Dahlonega United Methodist Church in Dahlonega, GA. She holds a Masters in Church Ministries from Duke Divinity School and is professionally certified in Christian Education through the United Methodist Church. Vanessa loves to write and share her experiences in children's ministry on her blog, KidMin Days. She is married to Andrew and they have two daughters.