Reader Question: Children in Ministry Protocols
A reader asked:
Hey Kita, I wanted to ask you - I am the servant leader of the liturgical dance ministry of the youth. Our rehersals are 1 hour. We recently received a younger praise dancer (she is 4 yrs old), the mom has been been taking me for a baby sitter. Do you have a format that you use for children and youth in your ministry? -V.
Yes I have protocol established, but what is more important than what the protocol may say is that it is supported by your Pastor and communicated to those in the ministry (when dealing with children that includes the parents). While not a necessity, I prefer written guidelines. These can be objectively referred to without the appearance of bias. When you say the mother is taking you for a baby-sitter….what does that mean? She is picking the child up late? Does the child want to participate? Behavioral problems? All of these are contingencies that can be addressed in a ministry guideline.
I have some more information on this in Starting a Dance Ministry part 2 (The Practical) and Starting a Dance Ministry part 3 (The Administrative). I will also include a sample ministry guideline in the Starting a Dance Ministry E-book that I hope to release later this month. If you want to receive more information about that, you can subscribe for the email alert using the button below:
What about you? Have you faced a similiar situation in ministry? Do you have additional advice for V? Leave your comment below!
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