Structure is critical to the success of any organization, and the church is no different. In the Bible we see Moses restructure at the advice of his father-in-law, in order to better accomplish what God has called him to do.
Staff structure in the church can be a difficult thing to figure out. I’ve written some about it before, but I want to get your input as it relates specifically to children’s ministry staff.
Every church is different, as structure has to support the mission and strategy of the church. But, I think we can learn from each other in terms of what a good staff-to-kid ratio might be in children’s ministry. A couple good pieces of wisdom I’ve seen related to staff ratios include:
- Tony Morgan recommends targeting 1 full time equivalent staff person for every 100 people who attend your church. He’s speaking to staffing overall, not just to one ministry.
- Dale Hudson recommends one full time children’s ministry staff member for every 100-125 children.
- UPDATE – Dan Reiland was well timed in posting about “When is it Smart to Create a New Position?“.
How about you?
From now until July 25 (extended) I’ll be collecting data from churches regarding their staff-to-kid ratio, as well as staff-to-volunteer, and volunteer-to-kid. I would really appreciate your input as well. More input will lead to better analysis. Here’s how you can help:
- Fill out this survey to include your church’s data:
- Forward that link on to other churches you know of.
- Tweet/Facebook about it. Use Twitter hashtags like #kidmin, #thinkorange & #cmconnect to reach the broadest audience.
Thanks for your input. I’ll post the results here, as well as email anyone who is interested in receiving them.