Starting tomorrow, December 1, 2009, we will be launching A Christmas Carol Advent through December 25. Therefore, we are breaking with tradition and giving you The Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol for November on a Monday and on the last day of the month. Anything pressing and important published in the blogging world today will be included in next month’s installment. I hope you enjoy this installment of the Chidlren’s Ministry Blog Patrol and Next month’s a href=”Http://waynestocks.com/2009/11/26/a-christmas-carol-advent/”>A Christmas Carol Advent.
The NEW AND IMPROVED Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol seems to have been a success. I hope that you will find this month’s equally as useful. There are a lot of people out there dedicated to Children and Children’s Ministry publishing great and useful stuff on the internet. This is my attempt to try to compile some of the best of that information into one place for your perusal.
I’ve added a new feature a couple of months ago to accentuate those articles which I feel are “must reads.” Well, frankly, I think they’re all must-reads, but for the best-of-the best, I’ve added this little graphic to the right of the title. If you’re running low on time, make sure that you check out these articles at a minimum!
This Blog Patrol seems to get longer every month, so I thought I would add a quick little section index right up front:
- Blog Series
- Practical Teaching Tips and Advice
- General Ministry Issues
- Leaders and Leadership
- Kids & Theology
- Kids & Christ
- Cultural Trends
- Resources (Music, Conferences, Internet Sites, Books, Games)
- Curriculum and Object Lessons
- Family Ministry
- Parenting and Marriage Issues
- Just For Fun
Finally, I resisted it for months, but last month I finally gave in and started to include my own articles related to Children’s Ministry in this blog. In case you want to skip over those and get to the stuff that really excites me, I’ve marked articles from this blog with the graphic to the left.
With that introduction, let’s have a look at some articles you might have missed this month:
In previous installments of the Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol I have segregated the articles series in this section. The past couple of months, series have been filed under their respective categories with a notation that they are series. I think I like this format, and I intend to kill this category starting with next month’s Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol.
These articles offer tips and advice of teaching, working with kids, running your ministry and basically anything else that involves dealing with a group of kids.
Blog Series – Boys Can Sing?? Boys Can Sing!!
Orange Leaders looks at how to get boys involved in worship.
- The Children’s Hour provides this article on the importance of good storytelling.
- Rags Studio offers a four step process for dealing with that child who is disrupting the whole class.
- Barbara Mills offers tips for effective storytelling.
- On the fortieth anniversary of Sesame Street, Russell Moore looks at what the church can learn from the show.
- This articles looks at ten things kids must know about salvation.
- Some people have trouble talking to kids. This article offers some helpful suggestions for engaging kids in conversation.
- Karen Wingate explores how to teach kids about diversity and what it menas for the one teaching.
- This article offers advice on giving kids positive feedback.
- Kristin Charles offers suggestions for helping the Christmas Story come to life for kids.
- Funny Man Dan, writing for It’s A Kids Ministry Revolution, talks about the art of speaking from the chest.
This category is a bit of a catch all for everything that doesn’t fit under another category. These articles deal with all kinds of different issues relevant to Children’s Ministry and those who work in that ministry.
Blog Series – Keep Your Focus
Free CM Stuff offers this series of links to resources designed to help those in Children’s Ministry keep their spiritual focus.
- Day 1 – Sermon Audios
- Day 2 – You Version
- Day 3 – Talks For Growing Christians
- Day 4 – Examen.Me
- Day 5 – Bible.org
- Day 6 – GreekStudyBible.org
Blog Series – 5 People to Meet in Twenty10
Anthony Prince, from West Coast CM, looks at five people he would like to meet and collaborate with this coming year from the Children’s Ministry Community.
Blog Series – 9 Trends in Children’s Ministry
Ryan Frank offers this series looking at 9 top trends in Children’s Ministry from an article that appeared in the December issue of K! Magazine.
- Trend #4: Limited budgets and busy volunteers require creativity in training
- Trend #5: The traditional children’s ministry model is changing
- Trend #6: Tweens need an identity of their own in the church
- Trend #7: Teaching is moving back to the teacher (Imagine that.)
- Trend #8: Every-other week is the new every week
- Trend #9: A growing percentage of parents are more committed to the extracurriculars than the programs of the church.
- Orange Families looks at a way to “recover” some of your time so you don’t have to keep saying “I don’t have time to _______.”
- Tony Kummer from Ministry-to-children.com compiled this listing of 110 reasons to love Children’s Ministry.
- Kristin Charles examines the importance of guarding your time for spiritual refreshment.
- In Children’s Ministry, we must be constantly evaluating what we are doing. This article offers some questions you should reflect on about each and every service.
- Sam Luce revisits this post from church relevance that looks at four elements to a great children’s ministry.
- Glen Woods notes that we need a new attitude towards parents when it comes to Children’s Ministry. As he notes, “We need to stop hammering parents with what we perceive they are doing wrong.”
- Children’s Ministry Monthly offers a list of ten things we in children’s ministry should be thankful for.
- This article looks at the basics of what kids must learn about Christ.
Running a ministry takes leadership at all kinds of different levels. This section is for articles about and for leaders.
Blog Series – Team Dysfunction Rather Than Function
Jim Wideman looks at how to make your team and effective team rather than a dysfunctional team.
Blog Series – 10 Marks of a Super Leader
Jime Wideman looks at what it takes to be a good leader in this series.
Blog Series – Questions
Jim Wideman looks at the art of asking questions.
- Asking the right questions
- Dumb questions…
- Jesus and the question
- What kind of questions should you ask…
- My favorite questions
- Final thoughts on questions
Blog Series – How Do You Identify & Recruit Leaders
Orange Families takes a practical look at how to develop leaders in your ministry.
Blog Series – Leadership: What’s Your Sweet Spot
This series by Kendra Fleming explores How to decide where to spend your time as a leader.
Blog Series – Five Mistakes I Made As A Young Leader
Perry Noble looks back at five mistakes he made as a young leader so you can avoid them.
- Perry Noble provides this listing of 10 traits of a secure leader. If you’re a leader, you might want to measure yourself against this listing.
- Orange leaders offers this link to Planning Center Online to help you organize and simply your ministry.
- Nathan McLean offers suggestions on how to empower those leading you in ministry.
- Perry Noble offers five questions a leader should ask people in order to be an effective leader.
- Glen Woods reminds us all the CM Leaders really are just human like the rest of us.
- Take 2.0 ministries was recently featured in My Listing of Top Children’s Ministry Blogs. Todd McKeever used the opportunity to reflect on showing appreciation to volunteers.
- Perry Noble examines what we can do to make sure that we do not miss opportunities.
- Perry Noble offers a list of ten things about your ministry, and he’s probably never even met you!
Most Children’s Ministries are made up principally, or entirely, of volunteers. I am amongst that number. This section includes articles related to volunteers both for volunteers and about volunteers.
- Nichole Vandermeulen offers ten tips for the age old problem of finding volunteers for Children’s Ministry.
- Orange Leaders asks how you as a volunteer can effect change in your church.
- This article looks at the real reason for volunteering in Children’s Ministry.
- Mike Johnson explains yet another reason for volunteering in Children’s Ministry.
Jesus should be at the center of any Children’s Ministry. That means teaching kids about Jesus and about theology. This section is for articles that discuss and assist with teaching kids about theology and theological concepts.
Blog Series – Talking to Your Children About Death
In this series, Shepherd Press looks at how to talk to kids about death.
- Justin Taylor offers this link to a sermon from Bruce Ware author of Big Truths for Young Hearts: Teaching and Learning the Greatness of God.
- This installment of the Children’s Ministry Think Tank asks what the age of accountability might be. I was happy to contribute to this installment.
In all about Christ! This section is for articles about bringing kids to Christ, bringing kids back to Christ, salvation and children, and anything along those lines. I’ll warn you that I love stories about kids being saved. So, don’t be surprised if you see quite a few of those hear too.
- My eight year old raised the question of what he wants to be known for.
- Sam Luce comments on our relationship with God based on a game of hide and seek with his two-year-old.
- I love stories about kids leading adults to Christ. I really do!
Kid are multi-million dollar target market. Is it any wonder that kids these days have their own culture? This section looks various cultural trends and issues with kids and that affect kids.
- Matthew Guevara offers his view of five trends in society and how children’s ministries can deal with them.
- Ed Stetzer writes on a new Barna report which helps to answer the question “What is the connection between childhood faith and adult religious commitment?”
- This article offers 15 ideas for parents on how to raise kids who are grateful for what they have in an ungrateful world.
- This article from ChildrensMinistry.com may change the way you rethink how society deals with Christmas.
- CM Buzz asks how Children’s Ministries should respond to extracurricular activities.
- Elemental Children’s ministry explores how your stress as a parent impacts your children.
One thing I have learned since getting involved in Children’s Ministry is that those who work in Children’s Ministry are generous to a fault. This section is full of useful resources for those working with kids.
- In this article, I provided a synopsis of the top ten Children’s Ministry Blog based on their inclusion in The Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol.
- In this article, we look at ten non-Children’s Ministry blogs which I feel people in Children’s Ministry would do well to follow.
- I couldn’t stop at a top ten, so this article presents blogs number 11 through 20 based on their inclusion in the Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol.
- Some blogs don’t show up as often in the Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol but certainly merited mention. That’s why I put this list together of those consistent contributors and up and comers.
Blog Series – PB&J Top Ten
We started this series of top Children’s Ministry resources in last month’s Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol, and we will finish it off this month.
- A coloring page for kids of verse Proverbs 30:5.
- Ministry-to-children.com offers this simple coloring page of the very first verse of the Bible.
- Ministry-to-children.com offers this Christmas play from a reader of their blog.
- Free CM Stuff offers this link to Wordle which creates word clouds of your website, blog or from a predetermined listing of words.
- David Wakerley didn’t pick my idea for a top ten list, but nonetheless he offers an impressive list of musical resources for kids.
- Effective Children’s Ministry offers this link to a free PowerPoint presentation entitled “Myth or Truth? A Christmas Powerpoint Presentation.”
Curriculum was part of the Resources section before I started to see more and more object lessons as blog posts. I don’t put them all here do to time constraints, but I will link to some of my favorite every month. If you’re looking for more, trying searching the blogs that show up under this section. Many of them frequently post object lessons.
Blog Series – The Birth of Christ (PreSchool Bible Lessons)
Felicia Mollohan offers this series of lessons designed for kindergarten to fifth graders on the Birth of Christ.
Blog Series – The Birth of Christ (Children’s Church Lesson)
Felicia Mollohan offers this series of lessons designed for 2 to 5 year olds on the Birth of Christ.
- How do you pick your curriculum? Childrensministry.com offers a series of seven questions to examine your curriculum.
- A lesson from Beckie Stewart for Kindergartners through fifth graders on the adoption of Moses by Pharaoh’s daughter.
- A great lesson for kids in kindergarten through fifth grade on God choosing based on the heart and not outward appearances. This lesson is based on the story of how God chose David.
- Tony Kummer from Ministry-to-Children.com offers this free Vacation Bible School curriculum based on Ephesians 6:11-18.
- Beckie Stewart offers this lesson for kindergarteners through fifth graders on the love of God based on 1 Corinthians 13.
Family Ministry is a growing trend in the field of Children’s Ministry wherein worship services and teaching are not segregated by age. Instead, the whole family is the core. This section includes articles specifically related to Family Ministry.
- The Logos ministry offers some ideas for making worship a family friendly experience.
- From the Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood, this article examines the recent trend towards family worship.
- A five part sermon series on the family-integrated church movement by Jason Webb.
The Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol would not be complete if we did not pay attention to family issues that affect the kids we minister to. This section includes various articles and parenting and marriage.
- Gina McClain looks at tools for equipping parents to continue to the conversation past Sunday morning.
- An innovative solution to kids with a lack a patience.
- Some ideas for helping siblings get along.
- Kevin DeYoung looks at what divorce and remarriage have to do with arguments about homosexuality.
- The Gospel Coalition blog looks at the pre-requisite, practice and purpose of biblical parenting.
- This article examines 6 things you can do to make certain that you have extra time to spend with your kids.
- The Very Intentional Parenting blog reminds us of the absolute basics of raising kids.
This section includes posts from various Children’s Ministry blogs from the last month that were lighthearted or just made me chuckle.
- Kids say the darndest things – even at church!
- Rags Studio offers up an interesting chart called “Chances of a Man Winning an Argument.” I’m not going to say much more about this one for fear of getting in trouble.
- 22 Words offers up a great definition of the word “dogma.”
- The Children’s Minister Blog offers the whole Bible in 50 words – very creative!
- This is a fun little article from the 22 words blog.
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