What does it really take to be a children's pastor or minister? What is "It" that is required to make it in Children's Ministry? An early childhood education? Maybe extensive day care experience? How about a Masters degree? Nice, great, wonderful but NO! You can have all of these and more and you can still not make it in Children's Ministry. No way Jose! At least not for long. You may make it a few years and then before long you'll be looking in the Small Groups ministry for a job.
So by now, you're asking me "Brian, what does it take to make in Children Ministry?" Drum Roll Please! You have to be...CRAZY!!! Plumb out of your mind crazy. Not the kind of crazy that scares people. No, the kind of crazy where you are accused of doing just about anything short of sin to share the life-changing message of Christ to kids. This might mean that you have to work harder, smarter and longer hours than most of the people on the church staff or it might also mean that you're willing to invest hours into children that may or may not even understand what you're saying. It might mean...well...I can go on all day!
You see crazy is more of an attitude and not so much a condition. It's a God-Given passion that can't be stopped and it's not what you do it's what you are. If you are a Children's Pastor/Minister you either know what I'm talking about or you don't. If you don't then you need to either get crazy or you might check to see if the small groups ministry has any open positions. If you know a Chidren's Minister/Pastor that is "crazy" remember they really can't help themselves, God made them that way. FYI - Preschool Ministers are the craziest people of them all! God bless the Crazy person!