The People You Live With: Team Leads
If the K-6 CrossRoads Kids’ Ministry is a well-oiled machine, then the Team Leads are the gears that allow it to function smoothly. Anyone reading this that has not previously served with CrossRoads Kids might be wondering: what is a Team Lead? That is a fantastic question! Our children’s ministry is broken down into several divisions of roles. Our staff work throughout the week to prepare for the coming Sundays, and also work to ensure that our volunteer classroom leaders are set up for success. But between our staff and the classroom leaders exists a middle-man: our Team Leads! This small army of fantastic individuals communicate throughout the week with both the staff and also their team of classroom leaders. Throughout the week they also pray for the children and the leaders; they take time out of their busy schedules to attend quarterly Team Lead meetings; and they help to recruit and equip new members of their team. On Sundays, they arrive early to greet, debrief and pray with their team, and then serve throughout the service by supervising children, working with the classroom leaders, and then hosting the children’s open session in the Theatre.
Basically, our Team Leads are superheroes. In fact, they are the very people that allow us, as a church, to grow. Without their hard work and dedication, the children’s ministry would not be able to swell and grow as our church body grows! As a result, we want to celebrate our Team Leads by introducing a few of them to you. They pour into our volunteers and kids—week after week—and that shouldn’t go unnoticed!
So, THANK YOU Team Leads, for all that you’ve done and continue to do at CrossRoads!
Spotlight in three of our Team Leads:
Jason is married to Tedra, and together they have four children—Naia, Neve, Lila, and Ewan. Jason has been a Team Lead for about four years, and enjoys being the go-to person for his leaders; when there is chaos or difficult situations, Jason likes to be the man to work out a solution! To anyone considering serving, or even Team Leading, Jason encourages:
You will get far more out this ministry than you put in. There is nothing more rewarding than sitting in church for baptism day and seeing past students give their lives to Christ. It’s a fun group and we get to worship God differently than in big church. There is more energy and movement—with just as much emotion, but great for those of us…who need to change it up every 10 minutes!
Sara is married to Mark, and together they have four children—Anna, Ian, Elliot, and Alistair. Sara watched her mother spend her life teaching, and under her mother’s influence she followed suit and has taught children “the story” her whole life. Sara’s favourite parts about serving as a Team Lead is the community that develops as a result of teaming together, and the joy of “imparting the story of hope and truth to kids”. When Sara was asked to share a story from a time that she was Team Leading, she responded with the following story:
There are several inappropriate funny ones that are good for camaraderie but one of the most touching scenes in the recent past I recall is that of seeing a sixth grade boy in a guided worship activity. Even now in my memory, I can see the back of his head bowed, hands active washing symbolically in the basin provided, his heart engaged in the concept of God’s grace. Just moments before, when I explained the activity, I was not at all sure kids were going to comprehend the depth and the symbol in the activity…and there the kids were in silence worshipping. We are all made for a relationship with God…no wonder Jesus said, “Let the little Children Come”.
Sara would encourage anyone who might be considering serving, or even Team Leading, by saying “If you are looking for a place to belong, participate and make a difference for all eternity, this is a good start. For me, it is an honour and gives me significance to be part of changing the direction of a life for all time and eternity”.
When Lisa was asked what the most rewarding part about being a Team Lead is to her, she replied, “The most rewarding part is being able to be a facilitator to help coordinate and lead curriculum that is full of God’s truth to the hundreds of boys and the girls that come through the doors every week”. Lisa and her husband have three children, and have been attending CrossRoads for about 12 years—4 of which she was a Team Lead! To anyone out there that might be considering Team Leading, as these wonderful volunteers do, Lisa also encourages you with these thoughts:
I would say if you are at all interested in serving please come talk to one of the team leads or the children’s ministry team. It’s such a great opportunity to work as a group, and to get God’s truth into the hearts of the little ones that are going to be the future world changers. You get great training, and every week there is a solid curriculum with everything laid out to do. Some people feel intimidated because they feel like they don’t know enough to teach the children. But that’s not true at all. The entire curriculum is very user-friendly. As long as you can read – you could easy facilitate the lessons!
CrossRoads Kids’ Team Leads are committed individuals, who are constantly growing themselves! Team Leads are also authentic—each Team Lead works a little bit differently, organizing and communicating in their own unique style. Our Team Leads are a winning team; as previously mentioned, they are the very individuals that allow the children’s ministry to grow, and function smoothly. Most importantly though, the Team Leads seek the Father’s heart, and impact the lives of CrossRoads’ children.
If you are interested in serving as a Team Lead, contact Karli at karlih@CrossRoadsChurch.ca
Written by: Karianne, CrossRoads K-6 Summer Ministry Assistant