Children's Ministry Volunteer Application

Children's Ministry Volunteer Application

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Children's Ministry Volunteer Application
  • Children's Ministry Volunteer Application

  • Personal & Contact Infromation

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  • In which area(s) are you interested in serving?

    Please mark any below:
  • Background

    (Your answers will not necessarily qualify or disqualify you from serving)
  • As a church, we ask that anyone who is serving in a leadership or teaching position at Northstar be a Christ-follower who is living a God-honoring lifestyle in agreement with Scripture.  This includes the roles of: Small Group Leader, Large Group Leader, Wee Worship Leader, and Bible Storyteller.

    Are any of the following true of your journey at this time?        

    • I am not yet a Christian

    • I am unmarried and currently living with a member of the opposite sex

    • I am pursuing a sexual relationship outside of New Testament marriage

    If any of the above are true of your journey at this time, we still want you on the team as a helper at this time!

  • References

    Please list three personal references that are familiar with your character and abilities. Provide as much contact information as possible. Contacts at previous churches are appropriate and encouraged. Please do not include relatives or NorthStar Church staff members. All information will remain confidential.
  • Reference #1

  • Reference #2

  • Physical Contact

  • Touch is a very powerful and important tool in working with children.  It has the power to communicate warmth, concern and care to a child.  When used with common sense and concern for the child’s benefit, it enhances trust and safety in a relationship, while affirming and reciprocating the child’s worth as a person.  Healthy touch needs to be a conscious choice.

     

    When touch is misused, it can become destructive to a child.  The most common form of misuse is touching a child for our benefit rather than the child’s.  All of us remember hiding from “Aunt Josephine” at the family reunions, lest we be smothered with hugs that we did not ask for or want.  Certainly “Aunt Josephine” meant no harm, but her action made us want to avoid her.  This created confusion in the child and a subtle sense of violation.  It will also tend to make you an “unsafe” person in the child’s eyes.  The misuse of touch is usually random and haphazard, with little thought given to the action.

     

    Every child is different and comes from a variety of home backgrounds.  There is no way to tell in the brief time you are with the children what is happening at home.  Therefore, the principles of touch mentioned here should be modified for each child.  Some may want and need more touch, while others will appear visibly afraid of any potential touching.  Respect the child’s boundaries and focus on what they are telling you through their actions.

     

    Since the exposure you have to kids in God’s Growing Garden and Planet NorthStar is limited, you are obviously not attempting to be a surrogate parent for these kids.  Simply provide a warm, caring environment for them to learn and grow.

     

    Also, as a rule, younger children communicate more via touch than do older more articulate children.  Please be aware of a child’s personal space.  Below you will find some specific guidelines that will help you in your use of touch.

     

    APPROPRIATE TOUCH:

    • Non-demanding, gentle
    • Shoulders, hands, arms, head, back only
    • Sitting child on leg or knee only

     

    INAPPROPRIATE TOUCH:

    • Kissing child
    • Demanding hugs/kisses
    • Touching chest, genital region, upper legs, buttocks
    • Sitting child in center of your lap

     

     

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  • Participation Covenant Statement

  • NorthStar Church is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all who participate in ministries and activities sponsored by the church.

     

    The following policy statements reflect our commitment to preserving the church as a place in which all people can experience the love of God through relationships with others.

     

    1. No adult who has been convicted of child abuse (either sexual abuse, physical abuse, or emotional abuse) can volunteer to work with children in any church sponsored activity.
    2. Adult survivors of child abuse need the love and support of our church. Any adult survivor who desires to volunteer in some capacity with children is encouraged to discuss his/her experience with one of our church leaders before accepting an assignment.
    3. Adult volunteers with children shall observe the “Two-Unrelated Persons-Rule” at all times so that no person is ever alone with children or youth.
    4. Adult volunteers with children shall attend regular training and educational events provided by the church to keep volunteers informed of church policies and state laws regarding child abuse.
    5. Adult volunteers shall immediately report to their supervisor any behavior that seems abusive or inappropriate.

     

    PLEASE ANSWER EACH OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:

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