I love networking with other children’s ministry leaders. Because only children’s ministry leaders really understand children’s ministry, I believe networking is crucial in our line of “work” to stay fresh with ideas and to build a foundation of support in ministry. You can network with other children’s ministry leaders online, by using these simple and easy methods.
I love networking on Twitter. It’s an extremely easy way to find people with similar interests, new ideas, and fresh blog posts. If you use Twitter, I’m probably not telling you anything new, but if you don’t, here’s one of the most valuable assets you can use to network with children’s ministry leaders…#Kidmin. When people post tweets and include #kidmin, it allows others interested in the topic to find it easily.
Try it out! Just go to Twitter.com and search for “kidmin” in the search bar, or you can click here.
By using this search on a computer, you can click the “people” filter to the left of the search results and find hundreds of people to follow who are interested in children’s ministry. You can click here to see those results.
Use all of the filter options on Twitter to find brand-new content about children’s ministry, any time. Be sure to include it when you post children’s ministry related tweets!
Facebook, while not used as much for networking as Twitter, can be a great source of encouragement and meaningful conversation between children’s ministry leaders. Through Facebook’s group option, several children’s ministry groups have been created, including two that I regularly use:
You can also search for “children’s ministry” in the Facebook search bar to find other groups, resources, and pages. You can click here to perform that search.
3. Online Forums
An online forum is a place where you can ask questions, give ideas and opinions, and converse with other people (similar to the comment section in a blog). There are many online forums for children’s ministry, where you can get involved and network with other leaders. Here are the two that I use most:
4. Online Children’s Ministry Events
While networking with other children’s ministry leaders online, you will encounter opportunities to participate in webinars (online seminars), chatroom sessions, and online training events for children’s ministry.
Ryan Frank and Brian Dollar recently hosted a webinar on leadership. You can view my notes from that webinar here.
Do you have a favorite method of networking with other children’s ministry leaders online? Leave your ideas in the comment section!