Children's Ministry

Children's Ministry goes far beyond a child's Sunday-school classroom. It's ministry that reaches youth, parents, and volunteers. It's ministry that touches the community through summer camps and special events. It's discipleship to, through, and with people of many ages, gifts, and abilities.  

MinistryLift offers several training workshops that address a variety of children's ministry topics (each is typically delivered as a 75-minute presentation). This training can be customized to fit the specific ministry needs of your church or organization (contact MinistryLift to discuss the training options that you're interested in).

If you'd like instant access to children's ministry resources, you scroll down this page to find blog articles and training videos. Workshop training videos can be purchased individually or as a collection, but you'll receive the greatest value if you become a MinistryLift member. Current members get immediate access to all of the videos on this page (plus another 150+ on the rest of the MinistryLift site) plus free webinars and discounts on future training events. Read more about MinistryLift Memberships here or subscribe for a membership below. 

Note: You can also purchase or view (if you're a MinistryLift member) the children's ministry training videos from the 2016 Transform Conference and the MinistryLift Equipping Conferences in 2013 and 2014 on the Children's Ministry Training Events Page.


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Children’s Ministry as Family Ministry by Dr. Randy Wollf 
The teaching from this workshop explores how churches can resource and partner with families to make the home the primary place for faith formation. You can contact MinistryLift for more information about this workshop or purchase the training video below (MinistryLift members: click here to access this video for free). 


Purchase the "Children's Ministry as Family Ministry" training video

Preparation Skills for Ministering to Children by Dr. Randy Wollf 
Children's ministry workers need to be growing their own faith before they can nurture a child's faith. This workshop examines the key areas that children's ministry workers need to grow in. You can contact MinistryLift for more information about this workshop or purchase the training video below (MinistryLift members: click here to access this video for free).   


Purchase the "Preparation Skills" training video

Teaching Skills for Ministering to Children by Dr. Randy Wollf 
These two workshops identify how to effectively teach a child by reaching their head, heart, hands, and senses. Skills such as active listening, discipline, and asking questions are also highlighted. You can contact MinistryLift for more information about this workshop or purchase the training video below (MinistryLift members: click here to access this video for free).   


Purchase the "Teaching Skills" training videos (2 sessions)

What Children Need from Your Church by Dr. Randy Wollf 
This workshop will emphasize several key implications for how churches can best disciple children based on the groundbreaking study called Hemorrhaging Faith: Why Canadian Young Adults Stay or Leave the Church. You can contact MinistryLift for more information about this workshop or purchase the training video below (MinistryLift members: click here to access this video for free). 


Purchase the "What Children Need" training video

Shepherding Skills for Ministering to Children by Dr. Randy Wollf 
This workshop focuses on specific shepherding skills such as relationship building, equipping, and encouraging. You can contact MinistryLift for more information about this workshop or purchase the training video below (MinistryLift members: click here to access this video for free). 


Purchase the "Shepherding Skills" training video

Mobilizing Children into Ministry by Dr. Randy Wollf 
The teaching from this workshop provides practical steps for equipping children as well as philosophical convictions about the ability of all people to minister and serve. You can contact MinistryLift for more information about this workshop or purchase the training video below (MinistryLift members: click here to access this video for free).  


Purchase the "Mobilizing Children into Ministry" training video

Recruiting and Serving Volunteers by Dr. Randy Wollf  
The workshop provides a strategic foundation for recruiting and partnering with volunteers to serve in children's ministry. You can contact MinistryLift for more information about this workshop or purchase the training video below (MinistryLift members: click here to access this video for free).   


Purchase the "Recruiting and Serving Volunteers" training video


Purchase the complete series of children's ministry training videos

As noted above, you can also purchase or view (if you're a MinistryLift member) the children's ministry training videos from the 2016 Transform Conference and the MinistryLift Equipping Conferences in 2013 and 2014 on the Children's Ministry Training Events Page.

 

BLOG ARTICLES 
MinistryLift bloggers sometimes write about children's ministry. Here are some articles that relate to these topics. 

5 Ways to Mobilize Children into Ministry - here's how you can provide young people with meaningful ways to explore and apply their gifts 
10 Immediate Strategies for Recruiting Volunteers - what to do if you're faced with a current need 
10 Long-Term Strategies for Recruiting Volunteers - how to implement strategies that will strengthen your team into the future 
People Need Us to Believe in Them - a personal story of what happens when adults challenge young people to lead 

 

CONTACT MINISTRYLIFT 
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Dr. Randy Wollf is Associate Professor of Practical Theology and Leadership Studies at MB Seminary (Langley, BC campus) and Director of MinistryLift. Randy served as a pastor (including several years as a children's pastor), church planter, and missionary for 20 years prior to his current position. Randy and his wife have four children spanning in age from 4-19.