It was Easter weekend. And knowing there would be more kids than normal on this special weekend, we spent the previous weeks recruiting and inviting people to serve as Small Group Leaders.

We wanted to ensure that every child that came through the doors of our church had a great experience. So we beefed up our ranks.

But introducing new SGLs to the ranks means I’ve got to equip them with WHAT I want them to do. And in light of all that we do in kids’ ministry, where in the world do I begin? Do I start with safety policies? Check in procedures? How to lead an activity?

As I communicated with new volunteers who were stepping in to ‘kick the tires’ by serving on Easter weekend I found that I consistently started with the same task. The easiest yet best thing they could possibly do.


I asked them to smile. No matter what they understood. No matter how much they forgot. No matter what happened. I want them to smile.

I asked them to be the face that set kids at ease, made them happy to be there and hopeful to come back. I asked them to lock eyes with a child before he reached the door and give him the best greeting he’s had all week.

Amidst all the information I put in their hands, I wanted to prioritize what is most critical in that 60 minute time frame.

Smile… and let that child know that you care.

What do you think is the most critical priority in the time you have with your few?

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Gina is the Children’s Pastor at Faith Promise Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. Gina is driven by the idea of equipping, encouraging & empowering parents for the journey of teaching their kids to love and be loved by Jesus. Based upon her experience as a mom, she identifies with the everyday challenges of parenting. Gina and her husband, Kyle, have three kids, Keegan, Josie and Connor.

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