Any Church, no matter the size, should have some sort of check-in system for their children’s ministry.
My wife and I have been involved in children’s ministry at a few different Churches. One had 9,000 in attendance, the others, a few hundred. The importance of a check-in system was equal for all the Churches.
It may seem silly in a small Church for having a check-in system, when you know 95% of the kids you may see week in and week out. Here are a few things that you should consider:
- Stranger Danger
Our Churches need to be warm and welcoming, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be careful. Small Churches are more likely to be targeted than Mega Churches. Why? They’re less likely to have security measures, including child check-in.
It happens. A couple in your Church, or a visitor, maybe in the middle of a custody battle. When Mom or Dad come and pick up the kid, you may be handing the child off into the wrong hands. Also, a huge number of kids who go missing, are taken by someone they know. Stranger danger is real, but it’s not your number one threat.
By setting-up a strong check-in solution, your children’s ministry says, “We care about kids.”
Every week, for the next several weeks, we will be looking at different Church check-in solutions for children’s ministry.
Dave Sandell contacted me, yesterday, asking about a number of solutions.
- Lambs List
- ACS Checkpoint
- Advanced Kiosks
- Fellowship One
- Children’s Church Check-In
- Parent Pager
- Church Community Builder
- Event Espresso for WordPress
These are some of the check-in solutions we will be reviewing in the coming weeks, but if there are some others that you are currently using or have heard about, be sure to share it with us, and we’ll be sure to take a look!