Here to serve You!
Harvest tabernacle Church of God a
Pentecostal church, independent christian mind set, being spirit filled, led by His spirit, sanctuary of
Jesus Christ, the true gospel from bible teaching
are our youth programs:
- Champions: Ages 5-6
- Disciples: Ages 7-9
- Apostles: Ages 10-12
- Junior Centurions: Ages 13-17
Our Girls Club programs:
1. Make it simple for families at home by offering resources for them to
Compile a list of recommended parenting books, kids devotionals, and workbooks for kids to equip them at home
where most faith learning takes place. Even have some on hand that
you can sell to them right at church.
2. Busyness does not equal effective ministry. Make events meaningful and less often.
Do not create too many programs that only further pull families away from their already busy schedules. You are
not a social club, but a support for faith learning. Make any programs you do offer meaningful; don’t give in to
the pressure to fill a calendar with busyness. Don’t feel the pressure to do what another church is doing; consider
the unique make up of your church and prayerfully plan what suits the needs of your specific congregation. What is
suitable for one congregation might miss the mark for another.
3. Spend money and resources on making your rooms kid-friendly
Your kids classrooms and nursery should be the cleanest, most organized, and the best decorated parts of your
church. It’s an outward display of an inward commitment to excellence for the most vulnerable of our church. Cut
down the clutter, and go through areas regularly to see them with eyes of a newcomer.
4. Please do not make a desperate request for teachers
Do not allow just anybody to serve. Keep high standards for who works with the most vulnerable of our
congregation. Ask people you want directly. Go for the best. Parents will notice. It shows priority to those who we
should be taking the best care of. I love having youth helpers and think it is vital for them to learn to serve.
However, they are not to be relied upon. Adults are. Adults who typically are parents, involved in teaching, and
who have a solid faith.
5. Set high standards, not low, for volunteers if you want to keep them.
Set a standard of commitment for those who volunteer. The least I allow for volunteer teachers is 4 weeks on 4
weeks off. Less than that and the person does not take ownership for their ministry. More than half of my teachers
have asked if they can teach every Sunday because then it gives them full control over the run of the class. They
take personal ownership and invest themselves in those kids' lives. If volunteers only teach occasionally, there is
no ownership taken and the kids suffer. The volunteers burn out because they have no attachment to the kids or