Physical safety is paramount in Children’s Ministry. Nothing else is more important. If you thought that solid teaching, or great kids worship, or charismatic teachers was most important, you’re wrong. If parents don’t trust you to keep their kids safe, none of those things matter because their kids will never find out since the parents won’t ever drop them off.
I can’t begin to tell you how many churches my wife and I decided not to attend because of their Children’s Ministry. It’s our one deciding factor. If the Children’s Ministry is great, we’ll go. If it’s not, we won’t. And a large part of that has to do with safety for our daughter. We won’t compromise on that.
The good news is, you don’t have to be a security expert to keep your ministry safe but you do have to think through some situations. It’s likely that you have room to grow in this, all ministries do.
Here are 10 simple things you can do to increase safety……