5 Debunked Myths of Volunteering in MB Kids
July 12, 2019
By Wendy Lake
“I have to prepare the lessons, and I’m not equipped.”
Actually, we prepare everything for you ahead of time! Your lesson will be available for you days in advance, and your cart will be ready and waiting for you when you arrive with all needed supplies. All you have to do is show up physically and spiritually.
“I don’t have children in the program, so I’m not needed.”
This couldn’t be further from the truth! You are needed, and in fact, you are our most valuable asset. You have the wisdom and knowledge to pour into the next generation and their parents. You see the kids in a different way because you are not in the throes of parenting a young child. God has equipped you to partner with young families as they raise their children with biblical principles.
“Volunteering in MB Kids is just babysitting.”
As a leader you are expected to participate in worship (sing, dance, jump on stage to play a game with your group). Your goal is to model servant leadership to the next generation of volunteers. Get to know your kids! Learn their birthdays, hobbies, dreams, fears, and who God has called them to be. You are the other voice that will consistently point them to JESUS. So no, it is NOT babysitting!
“If I volunteer, I never get to go to church with my family.”
As a leader you are asked to commit to twice a month during one service hour only. We would never want you to miss out on worshipping with your spouse or kids. Which is why we say, “Bring them with you!” There is no greater joy than to see a couple or family serving together. We have many husband and wife teams and a few family teams as well. When leading a group together, you learn from each other and lean on each other’s strengths. You would be amazed to see how engaging your teen can be with younger children! Our groups are a mix of boys and girls and having a female and male role model is recipe for success. Share your love of Jesus together!
“My kid doesn’t want me to lead his/her group.”
Boy do we understand this! When your child is a “staff” kid, they don’t want you anywhere around. Luckily, that doesn’t mean you can’t lead another age group or help in an entirely different environment. If your child is KidCity, then come have fun with us in Station34. There isn’t a written rule that says you have to lead your own child. You would be surprised how many of our current leaders show up week after week and serve in a group other than their child’s. Not to mention, it’s great for your child to have leaders other than you. It shows them that other adults, aside from their parents, care about their relationship with Jesus.
Our children are consistently being drawn away from Jesus by society. They say “it takes a village to raise a child.” We have to stand together as Christian parents and leaders to create a “village” that points them back to the Cross. Will you be the leader that you want for your own child? We have many open spots this coming Fall and we need you in our village!