When people sign up to volunteer in our Kids Rooms, we want to equip them with all the info they need to get started, and do their job well. It can be a little overwhelming for a new volunteer to try to remember everything, so we created some booklets for each room that give them the basics to get started. This one page (double sided) document gives them some basic info that they can take home with them, and they can refer to. We also have another volunteer training booklet that we give to all volunteers that covers our vision & our goals as well as our safety training, but these room booklets are specific to each room and outline things that volunteers will need to know while serving in that room. You can download a copy of each of these booklets:
JK/SK Small Group Leader Booklet
Grades 1-2 Small Group Leader Booklet
Hopefully you will find these helpful!
Every year we have a volunteer training event in September. We review the safety stuff as well as the vision and values. It’s a chance for new volunteers to learn the basics and returning volunteers to be reminded about why we do what we do.
Volunteer Training Manuals can be boring to read. We decided it was important to work on making it look interesting so that it was easy to read. Here is the link to our Volunteer Training Book. You can download a copy and use it as a sample to create your own volunteer training book.
Once a year I host a Kids Ministry Training Event for all my Kids Ministry Volunteers. I do it “conference style” with Main Sessions and Workshops. I work hard to create a fun event that people enjoy coming to so that they will want to come to the next training event. This particular event was a Monster Mash. Complete with decor, food, & music, we played on the Monster Mash theme. I chose this theme partly because I was planning to use some video clips from a training event that Sue Miller did at a Promiseland Conference many years ago. You can read about the Ministry Monsters in her book, “Making Your Children’s Ministry the Best Hour of Every Kid’s Week”.
When putting together a training event, be sure to remember the following:
Make it Fun – If it’s not fun, people won’t come back. Decor, music & door prizes help.
Make it Count – Everything should be intentional and time well spent.
Make sure there is Food – If you provide food, people like that.
Make it Motivational – Always include a talk that reminds people WHY we do what we do.
Make it Practical – People want to learn something that they can implement as they volunteer with you.
Provide a take home – I give each volunteer a reuseable bag & stock it with helpful print material, a pen & paper & candy. (usually chocolate is involved)
What do you do for training events with your volunteers?