Struggling to staff your classrooms?

What if doubling the number of people assigned to a classroom led to more volunteers who stayed the course longer and felt supported and cared for along the way? I know this sounds crazy but it has worked for me for more than 32 years (and I serve in a church of under 200 adults).

Many years ago I felt God’s nudge to hold people to a higher standard, because our kids needed more consistency from their teachers. No more scrambling to fill classes each week, but call people to a commitment that would help our kids be known and flourish. They are too important to neglect. So, I began a new ministry model. In this model each class has 4-6 teachers assigned based on the size and ages of the class. 2-3 teachers serve each week in the class. There are two teams of teachers, a school-term team and a summer team. The school-term team must take the summer off to refresh.

Each team creates its own schedule. Some teams choose to serve every other week. Others serve two-weeks on and two-weeks off and still others develop schedules around their personal calendars.

The advantages of this model of ministry are:

  • All classes are fully staffed by team members who are trained, and know the children, schedule and curriculum. There is consistency in leadership.
  • All substitutions are done within the team, so no need for last minute scrambling by the Children’s Pastor to find substitutes.
  • Teachers do not feel stuck. They can easily take time off for vacations or sick children. Team members support each other.

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