At the end of the year, our minds often begin to focus on self-improvement and personal evaluation. During this time of reflection and resolutions, it presents the perfect opportunity to evaluate yourself and your team in terms of your children’s ministry. After reading over some self-evaluation tools online, I have developed some questions to get you thinking about what you and your children’s ministry team can improve upon in the coming year!



  1. What do you enjoy most about children’s ministry?
  2. What would you change about children’s ministry, if you could?
  3. What did you do this past year to help you grow the most spiritually and in your position? 

Accomplishments and Challenges

  1. What did you and your team do for your children’s ministry this past year that you are most proud of?
  2. What was your team’s biggest challenge this year?
  3. If you could have a “do-over,” what would you change about this year?
  4. What was the most fun thing you did this year in your children’s ministry?

Planning and Development

  1. What are you looking forward to most in the coming year?
  2. What worries you the most in the coming year?
  3. What are you planning to do this year to help you and your team grow spiritually and in your children’s ministry?
  4. What do you think is the morale of your children’s ministry team and how you can make it (even) better? 


  1. What do you think are your volunteers’ biggest needs for the coming year?
  2. How did you include families in your children’s ministry this year?
  3. How will you include families next year in your ministry?


What do you think about using self-evaluations in your children’s ministry? Perhaps you already use a self-evaluation tool. Leave your thoughts, comments, and ideas in the comment section!


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GJ Farmer is a husband, a dad, the founder of, 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. after reading through your post, i realise have not really done a enough in helping the children to grow. with the question, i think i will be a better person this year.