The mission of this ministry is to help the children of the church to gain spiritual growth while being trained to have reverence for God, obey their parents, and get involved in ministerial activities.
The purpose of this ministry is to function in all of its 5 departments for the spiritual, social, and cultural growth of the ministry’s members. The 6 departments of the children’s ministry are:
- Children’s Worship Service- Worship Service is offered for children ages 5-12 every Sunday morning except 2nd Sundays from 10:45am -12:30pm in the fellowship hall.
- Sunday School & Bible Study- Children Sunday school is held every Sunday from 9:30am-10:30am. Children bible study is in session every Friday from 7PM-9PM.
- Children’s Choir- The children’s choir ministers every 2nd Sunday and on special occasions. Rehearsals take place on Saturdays as scheduled by the director.
- “SC&SA” (Social, cultural, and spiritual activities)- This department includes activities such as Vacation Bible School, Children Retreats, Field trips, or any other special programs that will bring fellowship among the children.
- Kid Zone-This is a special department held in the presbytery of the church, which is established as a day care for infants, toddlers, and children ages 6 months to 4 years. Parents are able to bring the children before they go to Sunday morning worship service and pick them up after worship service ends. Presently, this department only operates on Sunday mornings.
Organizational Structure & Leadership
Committee of leaders
The committee of the Children’s Ministry will be composed of 16 members:
- Leader of Children’s Ministry
- Assistant Leader of Children’s Ministry
- Leader of Worship Service
- Assistant Leader of Worship Service
- Leader of Sunday School
- Assistant Leader of Sunday School
- Leader of Bible Study
- Assistant Leader of Bible Study
- Children’s choir director
- Leader of “SC&SA”
- Assistant Leader of “SC&SA”
- Leader of Kid Zone
- Assistant Leader of Kid Zone
- Member of FSBC Education Ministry
Biblical Qualifications of Leaders
The leadership of the children’s ministry must meet the descriptions that are stated in these verses: 1Timothy 3; 4:12; 2 Timothy 2:15; Titus 1:6-9; and Ephesians 5:19-20 as part of their key verses to live by. In addition, leaders should work in close collaboration with the leaders of FSBC’s Christian Education Ministry and the Senior Pastor of the church.
Description of Roles and Functions
Leader of the Children Ministry
The description and duties of the Leader include:
- He/she must hold a good reputation and be credible
- He/she must posses the ability to administer through spiritual gifting, administrative expertise, and natural administrative talents
- Handle conflict resolution and manage conflicts among committee members • Call, manage, direct, and preside all committee and members’ meetings
- Invite special guests to meetings if necessary or appropriate
- Cooperate with the pastor in making decisions relative to the committee
- Motivate and watch over the spiritual growth of the committee members while showing personal spiritual growth
- See to it that assignments, projects, resolutions are carried into effect
- Lead by example by promoting the mission of the children committee
Leader of Worship Service
The description and duties of the Worship Service Leader include:
- He/she must possess a God-given ability to lead people into a spirit of worship and praise.
- He/she must set the spiritual example of encouraging the freedom of worship styles and music while being biblically based.
- He/she must be creative and innovative.
- He/she must be humble and not using his/her musical gifts and abilities for self gratification and recognition but unto the Lord.
- He/she must be in complete harmony with adopted church mission, vision, goals, policies, schedules, and Statement of Faith.
- He/she must be willing to participate in the rehearsal or practice sessions of the worship team, and be willing to prepare the plans and choose the songs for the service at least two weeks in advance.
- He/she must collaborate with the music, worship, and creative arts ministry for consult of song suggestions, musicians, order of service, and any other worship service needs.
Assistant Leader of Worship Service
The assistant leader of worship service collaborates with the secretary to carry out his/her tasks. He/she is responsible to replace the leader of worship service at his/her absence and perform the duties required of the position. In the case of resignation (voluntary or involuntary), or death, the assistant leader automatically becomes the leader.
Leader of Sunday School
The duties of the Leader of Sunday School include:
- He/she must collaborate with the church Sunday school superintendent
- He/she must oversee and ensure the purchase of Sunday school and bible study materials such as books, workbooks, videos, DVDs, vacation bible school kits, and etc.
- He/she must review the lesson plans of all Sunday school and bible study teachers and/or their assistants.
- He/she must have in depth knowledge of the bible.
Assistant Leader of Sunday School
The assistant leader of Sunday school collaborates with the leader to carry out his/her tasks. He/she is responsible to replace the leader of Sunday school at his/her absence and perform the duties required of the position. In the case of resignation (voluntary or involuntary), or death, the assistant leader automatically becomes the leader.
Member of FSBC Education Ministry
This representative will serve as a liaison between First Shiloh Baptist Church Christian Education Ministry and the Children’s Ministry. He/she will ensure that all decisions, actions, lesson plans, and bible teachings meet the requirements of FSBS Christian Education guidelines. He/she will also serve as a mentor to the members of the Children’s Ministry committee.
The secretary is responsible to keep the minutes of each meeting and provide an overview of the previous meetings including major discussions/decision; he/she must keep the archives of the committee. Additional duties include:
- Update absentees of their tasks
- Contact committee members to remind them of meetings,
- Prepare and manage correspondence, reports and documents,
- Coordinate meeting, conference, and travel arrangements, (collaborate with audiovisual for equipment needed for meetings)
- Maintain schedules and calendars • Arrange and confirm appointments
- Handle incoming mail and other materials such as letters of invitations, etc.
- Set up and maintain filing systems • Maintain databases (children information, associated children’s ministries, children’s ministry contacts.)
- Communicate verbally and in writing to answer inquiries and provide information
- Serve as the liaison between internal and external contacts of Shiloh Children’s Ministry
- Coordinate the flow of information both internally and externally through e-mail, phone calls, word of mouth, etc.
Children’s Choir Director
He/she is responsible to direct, administer, coordinate, and implement musical programming and performances for the children, in collaboration with the musicians, Worship Service Leader, accompanists, Music ,Worship, and Creative Arts committee, audio-visual ministry, and other groups as needed to accomplish these tasks. They should enjoy working with people; provide spiritual leadership, inspiration, and assistance to the choir members.
The counselor duties include:
- Make sure that the group is going in the right direction and making the right decisions
- Help and counsel all the members of the committee
- Serve as veterans and liaisons between the church members and its other ministries to share their experience(s) on what to do and what not to do.
General Responsibilities for All Committee Members
Responsibilities of the children’s ministry committee include but are not limited to:
- Promote the children ministry
- Establish a curriculum of the children ministry in collaboration with the Education Ministry
- Plan quarterly and yearly programs of the Ministry with the leader of the Education Ministry
- Supervise the children ministry’s activities
- Produce and buy all materials for the ministry in collaboration with the Education Ministry
- Harmonize the relations among each department
- Evaluate the performance of all departments
- Responsible before God and the church for the success and failure of the Children Ministry
Each department will have a sub-committee that will be composed of 3 members (Leader, Asst. Leader, and Coordinator). Note that there will be one sub-committee for Sunday School & the Bible Study department adding up to 5 sub-committees which are:
- Worship Service
- Sunday School & Bible Study
- Kid Zone
General Responsibilities for All Sub-Committee Members
The responsibilities of the children’s ministry sub-committees include but are not limited to:
- • Promoting their ministry
- • Improving the quality of the service
- • Supervising the teachings of their members
- • Preparing the weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly program for their department
- • Adding other members in their department with the approbation of the Children Ministry Committee and the Education Ministry
- • Proposing to the committee any change to develop the Children Ministry • Evaluate the performance of all teachers and their departments
- • Responsible before God and the church for the success and failure of their department
The children’s ministry will have secondary roles which include teachers, preachers, choir directors, musicians, and helpers. Their responsibilities include but are not limited to:
1. Teachers & Preachers
- Teach the Bible
- Read biblical history
- Meditate on some verses
- Teach the children how to learn verses
- Teach new songs
- Teach games
- Guide them to accept Jesus as their savior
- Prepare their presentation
2. Choir Directors
- Direct, administer, coordinate, and implement musical programming and performances
- Teach songs and develop harmony among the choir
- Outreach to other children’s choirs for fellowship
- Prepare rehearsals
- Purchase necessary resources
- Supervise spiritual growth of children
- Play for worship service and assist children if necessary and possible when they minister at other Christian events
- Attend rehearsals and work in collaboration with worship service leaders and choir directors
- Assist in Kid Zone to teachers and leaders
- Assist in Children’s worship service
- Assist in SC&SA programs (i.e. VBS, Summer Camp, Field Trips, etc.)
- Assist in Sunday School preparations and teachings
The age groups for the Children’s Ministry are:
6 months- 4 years
5 years- 7 years
8 years- 12 years
*Note* Once the child reaches the age of 13, he/she will transfer to youth ministry, which has an age range of 13 years- 17 years.