In a children’s ministry, it’s really important for all of the staff to be in their respective areas when the parents are dropping off and picking up their kids. Those two minutes are going to shape a parent’s impression of you and your children’s ministry. The parents need to know you. You need to be out there shaking their hands. If that means that you have to find someone else to do whatever you usually do during that time, find that person. You need to be out establishing relationships with mom and dad.
A huge benefit to establishing those relationships comes when you are recruiting new volunteer leaders (which is always). When a parent gets a call from the church to volunteer, they will respond more positively if the person calling is someone they have a relationship with. Instead of the husband saying to the wife “Yeah, some guy from the church called and he wants us to volunteer in the children’s area. I don’t know who he is… I told him we were too busy”, he says “Mike Johnson called from the church today. He’s enjoyed getting to know us and he thinks that we would be great volunteers in the children’s area. I told him I wanted to talk to him more about it this weekend when we see him.” See the difference?
The key is relationship. The church is not just a big corporation or organization, the church is people in relationship. When people know you, they will give more thought to what you are asking of them. And when they do, the door is wide open for you to share with them the opportunities you have available. Then, when they step over the line and start to serve, your relationship with them can grow deeper, which will keep them around longer. That’s a win all the way around.
Remember, it’s all about relationships. And relationships begin during The Two Minute Drill.