An article for children and student pastors:
Every weekend my family lives at church. Elevation has ten locations, so my kids have several “home away from homes.” The pace of life as an Elevation staff member is faster than most. As a husband and wife team, we rarely have a day free of at least some sort of commitment.
We love it. My kids do TOO!
Being a staff kid at Elevation is a huge honor. From limited trading cards in eKidz to monogrammed beach towels for the pool, my kids feel as if they are a part of an exclusive society. A group of people whose parents have committed their lives to expand God’s Kingdom. A tribe of friends that understand the highs and lows of growing up in a life of ministry.
It’s been a priority since the beginning. Pastor Steven has long said he wants a church his children will want to grow up in and a ministry they desire to be a part of.
As a staff, we make exceptions for our kids. Many staff kids serve in a volunteer role at a younger age. They eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner in volunteer headquarters, a privilege normally reserved for adults, and they are given the coveted acrylic name badge, which prominently proclaims their elite status as a staff kid. Pastor Steven hosts incredible holiday events for staff families, and every summer staff kids are invited to a one-week event called Camp Juggernaut, where they will play hard and learn exactly what it means to live a life of impact.
It may go against everything you’ve been taught in ministry, but here goes…show preferential treatment to staff kids. Make intentional exceptions that convey how much you value them. Treat them as the next generation of church staff and watch what happens. They just might start to believe it themselves.
Still need proof…last week my seventh grader asked me this question, “What comes first, college or internship?” It’s not a question of whether he’s going to be on staff one day. It’s an assumption.
How does your church go above and beyond to make staff kids feel special?