The Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol (May 2010)

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Childrens Ministry Blog Patrol

Welcome to The Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol. Every month we gather links from around the blogging world related to Children’s Ministry and issues important to those who work in Children’s Ministry. As always, there were a lot of great articles published this month in the world of Children’s Ministry. I hope you will take a few moments to check them out.

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To help identify what I view as the best of the best, or most important, articles of the past month, I’ve added this little graphic next to titles of particularly pertinent posts. I think they’re all must-reads, but if you’re running short on time, you should make sure that you check out these articles at a minimum!

We’ve continued to add new categories. On the heels of adding categories for Storytelling and Discipline and renamed “Kids & Theology” to “Kids & The Bible” last month, this month we’ve added a separate category for Vacation Bible School as more and more articles on the topic begin to appear. If you have any category ideas, please let me know!

We are introducing a new feature this month called “Featured Article of the Month.” As I explain in the introduction to that section, “The idea of this section is to pick the one article (or series) each month which had the greatest impact on me and I thought would be the most useful to the readers of The Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol. That said, I know myself, and there is a good chance that I may include more than one article each month where I found it impossible to pick just one. I do promise to keep it to three or fewer though! (Note: These articles are also included in their proper categories below).”

The following is a quick guide to the various sections of The Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol:

As has become a custom here in on the Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol, I’ve included this graphic to warn you / let you know where a post came from Dad in the Middle. I finally updated the graphic this month to match the new look of Dad in the Middle. I am also now writing for Ministry-to-Children.com. You can find links to those articles below under the section titled Ministry-to-Children.com Articles.

The last couple of days of this month were dominated by posts related to the Orange Conference. Rather than include all of those here, please check out the following two articles which I posted related to Orange:

With that introduction, let’s have a look at some articles you might have missed this past month:

Featured Article of the Month

The idea of this section is to pick the one article (or series) each month which had the greatest impact on me and I thought would be the most useful to the readers of The Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol. That said, I know myself, and there is a good chance that I may include more than one article each month where I found it impossible to pick just one. I do promise to keep it to three or fewer though! (Note: These articles are also included in their proper categories below).

What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry

  • I decided to do things a little bit differently this month. What impacted me most this month was not one particular blog entry but a series of them related to the free e-book What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry. The link above is to a page which includes links to all the entries this prior month related to the book including my office review of the book. In My Official Review, I have included an updated list of link to all of the blog posts (including my own) related to the book. Those include (as of today):
  1. What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry – The Teaser Post – from Dad in the Middle
  2. The Best New Kidmin Resource…For FREEEEEEEEEE? – from SmallTownKidmin (Jared Massey)
  3. It’s Coming | What Matters Now – from Dan Scott
  4. Preview: What Matters Now In Children’s Ministry – Anthony Prince preview post
  5. Vision | One Word – from Dan Scott (when he writing his chapter)
  6. Free E-book: What Matters Now – Larry Shallenberger
  7. What Matters Now? – David Wakerley
  8. What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry – Ebook Release! – Matt Guevara
  9. What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry – Henry Zonio
  10. “What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry?” – Logos Ministry
  11. What Matters Now In Children’s Ministry: Free eBook! – Anthony Prince
  12. What matters now? – Kenny Conley
  13. Can You Say…Free Book! – One Way Street
  14. What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry – Dan Scott
  15. Free inspiring children’s ministry e-book – Lin Pearson
  16. What Matters Now? – Jill Nelson
  17. What Matters Now In Children’s Ministry – Barbara Graves
  18. Does it really matter? – Greg Baird
  19. What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry – New ebook – Kelly Dolan
  20. Give away Tuesday: Free collaboration book. – Sam Luce
  21. FREE E-book for Children’s Ministry – Pastor Steve
  22. Free E-Book! – Lindsey
  23. What Matters Now…Finally – Jared Massey
  24. What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry – DOP Candy
  25. What matters NOW in children’s ministry – Amy Dolan
  26. What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry – Digital – Matt Guevara (His chapter from the book)
  27. What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry: Ingenuity – Henry Zonio (on his chapter from the book)
  28. What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry – Worldview – What my contribution would have been
  29. why i chose confidence – Amy Dolan expands on her contribution to the book
  30. What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry – Karl Bastian
  31. What Matters Now… – Wndy Douglas on Connections
  32. What (Else) Matters Now – Barabara Graves on Foundations
  33. What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry – Empowerment – Matthew Guevara on Empowerment
  34. Effectiveness As Told Through Stories – Dan Scott expands on storytelling as a means of measuring effectiveness
  35. What Matters Now in Children’s Mnistry – More – Matthew Geuvara on the chapter from Byron Ragains
  36. what matters NOW: space – Amy Dolan on Sean Miller’s contribution to the book on space
  37. What Matter Now in Children’s Ministry – Parents by Gina McClain – Here’s my write up on Gina McClain’s contribution which I thought cut to the core of the purpose of children’s ministry.
  38. What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry – Wonder – Matt Guevara on Randy Isola’s chapter on Wonder
  39. What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry – Confidence by Amy Dolan – Here is my take on Amy Dolan’s chapter on Confidence
  40. What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry – Infectious by The Lads – My take on The Lads’ chapter on Infectious
  41. What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry: Why I Chose Ingenuity – Henry Zonio shares why he chose to write about Ingeniuty

On Teaching & Working With Kids

One of the critical roles in Children’s Ministry is that of teacher and shepherd of kids. These articles offer tips and advice on teaching and doing presentation for kids as well as general information on working with children.

Blog Series – Stop Saying You’re Not Creative

This series from One Way Street encourages people to find their creative side.

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12 Secrets for Developing Creative Ideas

  • Roger Fields provides 12 tips for coming up with creative ideas.

Here’s an Easy Way to Teach Bible Stories to Children

  • In this article from Ministry-to-Children.com, I provide a practical idea for a way to present a Bible story which is both fun and drives the story home for kids.

How to Think of Sermon Preparation and Delivery Like a Three-Course Meal

  • Justin Taylor looks at preparing a message in terms of a three course meal. This article is not specifically geared towards children’s ministry but might be of some assistance in terms of preparing messages for kids’ church as well.

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Grabbing the Teachable Moment

  • Karen Wingate explores the importance of capitalizing on the teachable moments even if it means deviating from your original plan.

Defining Fun

  • Gina McClain wonders about the importance of fun in ministry and how you would define it.

Key Components of UpStreet Large Group

  • Especially for those of you who use the 252 Basic curriculum, this post explores the components of the large group teaching portion of the curriculum along with some great pictures from North Point Church.

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why is fun so important?

  • Continuing with the theme raised in a Gina McClain article, Amy Dolan asks if fun is really all that important to children’s ministry after all.

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Should FUN be a Value in Children’s Ministry?

  • On the heels of several other blog posts on the issue of fun in Children’s Ministry, Tony Kummer offers his thoughts.

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Talking to Kids: 100 Questions to Start Conversations

  • Here is an article I wrote for Ministry-to-Children.com with 100 conversation starters for those who have trouble, or are uncomfortable with, talking to kids.

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More than Words

  • Cara Martens reminds us that conversation is about a whole lot more than words.

Storytelling

Anyone who knows me or follows this blog probably knows that I feel storytelling is an essential element in conveying the meaning and veracity of the Bible to kids. I’m hoping to find enough posts to have a separate section for posts related to storytelling. So, let’s see how it goes.

One blog mistake we all make.

  • Jon Acuff from Stuff Christians Like talks about the importance of allowing you reader to put themselves into the story. I think this is an important concept in teaching kids the story of the Bible – God’s story.

Children’s Ministry Issues

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.

Volunteer and Bivocational Children’s Ministry

  • If you volunteer in children’s ministry or work in a bi-vocational capacity, I started a Facebook group for us to network and share our passion for the ministry.

Join the Campaign to Revive the CMEdge Podcast!

  • This was my humble attempt to talk the powers-that-be into restarting the CM Edge podcast. It got some positive comments so hopefully that wonderful resource for children’s ministry will be revived soon.

What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry (My Official Review)

  • This was my official review of the new free e-book called What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry and includes links to all the other blog posts I could find about this book.

What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry – Worldview

  • This article includes what my one word contribution to What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry would have been.

What Matter Now in Children’s Ministry – Parents by Gina McClain

  • In this article, I add my thoughts and questions for further discussion on the chapter written by Gina McClain in the book What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry on Parents.

What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry – Confidence by Amy Dolan

  • In this article, I add my thoughts and questions for further discussion on the chapter written by Amy Dolan in the book What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry on Confidence.

What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry – Infectious by The Lads

  • In this article, I add my thoughts and questions for further discussion on the chapter written by The Lads in the book What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry on being Infectious.

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Blog Series – Kidmin Champions of the Week

Tony Kummer and Ministry-to-Children.com introduced a new feature this month that highlights one Kidmin Champion each week.

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Blog Series – 101 Ways to Get Your Children’s Ministry Off the Ground (Without the Hot Air)

Ryan Frank continues year-long series of useful techniques and advice on children’s ministry. Check back in the months to come for the remaining installments in this series that is bound to bless children’s pastors and ministers from around the world!

Blog Series – Preschoolers Are Creative

In this series, Children’s Ministry Blog looks at how to help preschoolers to be creative.

Blog Series – The Missing Piece

Jim Wideman shares his own testimony about how he got started in Children’s Ministry and having a biblical world view.

Blog Series – Lessons Learned from the Flood

Kids Ministry 101 looks at lessons in Children’s Ministry that can be learned from the recent floods in Tennessee.

Blog Series – 10 Things I’ve Learned Since Becoming a Children’s Director

Helen Fuller examines 10 things she has learned since becoming a children’s director.

Blog Series – Why Kids Ministry?

The Learn…Dream…Live blog looks at the importance of children’s ministry in this series.

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Blog Series – Children’s Ministry Job Security

In this series, Kenny Conley looks at full time jobs in children’s ministry.

Blog Series – Born Into Heaven

Kenny Conley shares about a service they did in honor of children who never had a chance to take their first breath.

Blog Series – Make Your Ministry Shine

In this series, Christine Yount Jones shares tips for internal public relations.

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Blog Series – Starting/Restarting your Childrens Ministry Career

Kenny Conley does a series on jobs in children’s ministry.

Blog Series – Taboo Words

The Centri Kids blog looks at five taboo phrases when it comes to talking to kids about salvation.

4 Functions of Children’s Ministry

  • Roger Fields offers his insight into the four functions of children’s ministry.

Was/Now

  • This short post provides some insight into the state of children’s ministry.

How To Start a Children’s Church

  • Tony Kummer of Ministry-to-Children.com explores nine steps you should take in starting a church program for kids.

What does your office say about you? – Conclusion

  • This series was featured in last month’s Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol. This is the conclusion of that series.

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Vision – What Could Be

  • Justyn Smith reminds us that we need a God sized vision for the kids in our ministry – especially those kids who cause the most problems.

The Art of Visibility

  • Gina McClain tackles the question, “What can we do to make sure parents know about the children’s ministries we have available for their kids.”

Sunday Debrief

  • I love the Inside North Point blog. In this post, one of the leaders shares some practical things she learned from hanging out on one of their campuses one Sunday.

The Insignificance of Teaching by Randy Dulin

  • Randy Dulin looks at what is really important in children’s ministry.

Refocusing Volunteers & Nourishing the Parents

  • Amy Fenton Lee explains that sometimes the best thing that can come out of having difficult or challenging kids in children’s ministry is allowing their parents the time to be refilled spiritually.

Rewarding Kids Debate…How About This?

  • Dale Hudson writes about how he changed his prize store into a giving store for kids.

24 THINGS I’VE LEARNED ABOUT CHILDREN’S MINISTRY FROM “24″

  • This article is both fun and insightful. Tim shares 24 things he learned from the show 24 that somehow apply to children’s ministry. I include it here first because of it’s insights, but secondly because I have been a fan of the show from the beginning.

Are You a Natural Thinker or Feeler?

  • Anna Light reflects from the standpoint of a natural feeler on how to think. As a thinker, I found this article quite interesting.

5 Ways to Spice Up Your Crafts

  • In this article, Acacia in the Desert offers up five practical ways to make your craft time a little more engaging each week.

Have You Ever Has A Full Moon Sunday?

  • James Kennison openly and honestly discusses those weekends where you’ve planned everything out and nothing seems to go right.

Kids Ministry is Teamwork!

  • The Kids Ministry 101 blog on the importance of teamwork in children’s ministry.

Cha-Cha-Cha-Changes

  • Roger Fields looks at the need for change.

Parent Focus Groups

  • Dale Hudson shares his idea for Parent Focus Groups in his church.

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The Children’s Pastor score card

  • Sam Luce developed a score card to gauge what kind of children’s pastor you are.

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The Truth About This Sunday

  • Here is another article I wrote for Ministry-to-Children.com about the importance of each and every Sunday.

10 Things You Used to do as a Child, That You Should Never Be Too Old to do as an Adult

  • Anna Light shares 10 things you should not loose just because you become an adult.

Developing A Great Children’s Ministry Team

  • Tamera Kraft offers 10 pieces of advice on putting together your children’s ministry team.

Media and Ministry

  • This article looks at the right way to incorporate media into ministry.

I Am Not Creative and Other Lies You Tell Yourself

  • Matthew Guevara writes about the importance of visual thinking.

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Children’s Ministry Organizational Charts

  • Kendra Flemming posted her org charts for the North Point Children’s Ministry for all of us right-brained type people. I enjoyed seeing how they have their ministry set up.

Weekend Recap: Enabling Them to Win

  • Jared Massey from SmallTownKidmin shares his observations on enabling kids to win.

But No-Thing [Project 2010: 12 Months of Simplicity]

  • We continue to follow Jim Kast-Keat in his year-long efforts to simplify. This month he vows to buy nothing that is not edible.

Leaders and Leadership

Running a ministry takes leadership at all kinds of different levels. This section is for articles about and for leaders.

Blog Series – Build A Better Meeting

Amy Dolan, from Lemon Lime Kids, continues her Monday series with tips on having better meetings.

Blog Series – Leaders Are Examples

Jim Wideman explores the necessity of leading by example.

Blog Series – How to Strengthen Your Leadership

Jim Wideman offers his advice on how to increase your skills in the area of Leadership

I’m JUST Saying…

  • Christina Yount Jones implores you to drop the “just” from your conversation.

Four Signs You Know Your Working With A Leader

  • Perry Noble offers four indications that you are working with a leader.

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How to Not Really Win an Argument

  • Donald Miller provides a list of six ways you can lose an argument while seemingly winning.

Six Leadership Mistakes I’ve Made

  • Perry Noble shares six things he has done wrong as a leader so that you can learn from his mistakes.

Sentences, paragraphs and chapters

  • Seth Godin reflects on the difference between people who are willing to proof read sentences and paragraphs, and those who are willing to rearrange chapters and applies that to the people who “proofread” our lives.

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Quit Apologizing!

  • Anna Light laments people “over-apologizing.”

Vision – There Will Be Opposition

  • Justyn Smith explores God given vision and the opposition to that vision.

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Delegating for Failure

  • Gina McClain writes about what real delegation actually looks like.

Simple five step plan for just about everyone and everything

  • Seth Godin offers a simple but profound list a things you should do in just about everything you undertake.

A list about lists

  • Jim Kast-Keat shares a list about lists.

Why not Wednesday: A not so perfect start

  • This article provides insight into why a poor start is not a reason for not doing something.

Volunteers

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.

Blog Series – Volunteers That Stick

Jim Wideman is the man when it comes to recruiting volunteers as far as I can tell. Thus, he writes this series which bears the same name as a book he wrote on the topic.

Ideas | Volunteer Recruitment

  • Dan Scott offers some advice on how to recruit volunteers.

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do parents = great #kidmin leaders?

  • Any Dolan asks whether or not being a parent changes your work in children’s ministry. Make sure to read the discussion contained in the comments to this post.

a (digital) volunteer perspective

  • Amy Dolan shares her thought on how to incorporate technology into your volunteer culture.

Family Ministry / Orange

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.

My Favorite Tweets from Orange 2010

  • This post includes some of my favorite Tweets from those who attended the Orange Conference this year.

An Orange 2010 Blogging Extravaganza – UPDATE

  • I accumulated all the blog posts I could find from the Orange Conference and organized them in this post.

Family Ministry: Cultural or Positional

  • Justyn Smith asks whether family ministry requires a title or if we are all really family ministers.

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Family First

  • This article would be included in the Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol if for no other reason than the subtitle, “Don’t Worry, Be Crappy.” Beyond that, this is a great article on how to be a truly family friendly church.

Kids & The Bible

Jesus should be at the center of any Children’s Ministry. That means teaching kids about Jesus, about the Bible and about theology. This section is for articles that discuss and assist with teaching kids about the Bible, theology and theological concepts.

Blog Series – Since when did faith become a 4 letter word?

Sam Luce examines the issue of faith and how we should talk to kids about it.

What To Do When the Bible Baffles

  • Kevin DeYoung offers advice on what to do with those difficult biblical passages.

Thursday Book Club: What does Biblical Interpretation have to do with Children’s Ministry?

  • Jared Kennedy examines the application of Biblical Interpretation to Children’s Ministry based on the book 40 Questions About Interpreting the Bible written by Robert Plummer Jared’s review was sufficient for me to add this book to my list of books I need to read.

Why Memorize Scripture?

  • John Piper offers six reasons why we should memorize scripture, and I feel these are just as applicable to children as adults.

Kids & Christ

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.

The Gospel for Kids

  • This is a great video for kids with a clear presentation of sin and the need for the gospel.

Just A Thought…

  • This was a cool little analogy of how we might treat Jesus if he came into our local church.

Kids & Culture

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.

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Babies Know the Difference Between Good and Evil – study shows

  • I’m not going to get into the whole Calvinist / free-will debate, but I thought this article was interesting.

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An Uncomfortable Reality

  • This article includes some eye-opening statistics about abuse and abusers. If you work in children’s ministry, or with children in any capacity, you should be aware of these statistics.

VBS

With VBS getting closer and closer, the number articles related to the topic warrants its own category.

VBS Game Ideas That Won’t Break Your Budget

  • Mimi Bullock offers four simple games you can play during VBS that won’t cost you much.

10 Tips for VBS Directors & Leaders

  • Mimi Bullock from Ministry-to-Children.com offers ten practical pieces of advice for running a VBS.

More VBS Ideas Kids Will Love

  • Mimi Bullock shares some more ideas for planning your church’s VBS that kids will love.

VBS IS Evangelism!

  • Kids Ministry 101 gives 11 tips to help ensure that your VBS this year is an evangelistic outreach event!

Popular Ideas for VBS Themes

  • Mim Bullock shares some common and popular themes for planning your VBS.

Feeling embarrassed for VBS programs that don’t have bouncy things.

  • Stuff Christian’s Like is at it again with this hilarious article on the VBS Bounce House.

Games

One of the fun things about working in Children’s Ministry is playing games with kids. As Games Leader in AWANA each week, this is near and dear to my heart. In this section, I have accumulated articles about and links to various games.

Paper Plane Game

  • Here is fun game to help your kids get to know one another.

Sunday School Games for Preschoolers

  • Kristen Charles shares four fun and easy games you can play with preschoolers.

Awana Games for Children’s Ministry: The M&M’s Gauntlet

  • In this article on Ministry-to-children.com, I write about a game I developed for Awana involving scooters, M&Ms, spoons and rubber balls.

Review Game for lesson on Joseph

  • Lin Pearson and Effective Children’s Ministry are at it again with this Power Point based review game for the story of Joseph.

Key to success or a mess – free review game

  • Effective Children’s Ministry shares this game to help kids understand the consequences of their actions.

Books

There are lots of great books out there about Children’s Ministry and lots of great books for kids. In this section, we accumulated reviews and recommendations to such books.

Our Home Is Like A Little Church (A Review)

  • Check out my review of a great book for kids and dads on a father’s rol as the pastor of his home.

The Importance of Reading in a Digital Age

  • This article reestablishes the importance of reading in an age dominated by electronic media.

In Defense of Books

  • Here’s another article defending the good old fashioned book!

10 Great Leadership Books For Children’s Ministry

  • Tamera Kraft shares a great list of books on leadership for Children’s Ministry. She has certainly given me a couple of more books to add to my must-read list.

Internet Sites and Resources

The goal of the Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol is to bring together useful resources for those involved in Children’s Ministry. Many bloggers out there write about their favorite web sites. This section is for those types of articles.

How to Customize Facebook For Your Children’s Ministry.

  • This guest post on Sam Luce’s blog provides step-by-step instructions for customizing your facebook fan page.

Archiving Conference Tweets with Twapper Keeper

  • Church Crunch offers a link to this site which will allow you to archive Tweets with any given hashtag.

More Transferrable Youth Resources

  • Andy Johnson, from Free CM Stuff, links to this site full of youth resources which can be adapted for children’s ministry.

Free Resources for Father’s Day

  • This articles provides some great links full of Father’s Day ideas and resources.

WOW – Our Website Just Turned 3 Years Old

  • All of my favorite kidmin blogs are turning three. This month, Ministry-to-Children marked its third birthday.

Other Resources (Music, Conferences, Etc.)

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.

Who Else is Going to the Children’s Ministry Expo?

  • Are you headed to the Children’s Ministry Expo this July in Lexington? If so, please comment on this article and let me know.

The Children’s Ministry Telesummit (A Conference You Can Go to in Your Bathrobe)

  • This is a great conference coming up in June that you can participate in from your house. Here are the details.

Creation Coloring Page “Let There Be Light”

  • This is a great coloring page for kids based on the story of creation.

Bible in a Balloon Trick

  • Here is a neat little trick that you can use to show kids how to get the Word of God in their hearts with a Bible and a balloon.

Drawing Church History

  • I don’t know quite what to make of this coloring book. If nothing else, it is definitely unique.

Why Not Have Fun with Your Kids Church Offering?

  • In this article that I wrote for Ministry-to-Children.com, I offer an idea for helping to make your children’s giving time more fun and engaging.

Curriculum and Object Lessons

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.

A Three Week Lesson Plan: Creation

  • Acacia in the desert provides this three week plan for teaching preschoolers and kindergarteners about creation.

STUFF YOU CAN’T HAVE

  • From Youth Leader Stash comes this post with ideas for a 3 week series on thing kids can’t have.

Giving Object Lesson for Children

  • Here is an object lesson I came up with to demonstrate the impact of working together to meet other people’s needs.

Lesson: Peter Raises Dorcas

  • From Ministry-to-Children.com, this lesson plan for 7 – 12 year olds teaches kids about the difference their lives can make on other people.

Parenting and Marriage Issues

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.

Strategic Parenting (or How Not to Crash Your Car)

  • From the new Orange Parents blog, Carey Nieuwhof discusses five strategies for parenting.

Fathers as Prophets, Priests, and Kings

  • How are you doing in the three roles to which a father is called?

Cows with a View

  • Reggie Joiner reminds us of the importance of choosing to spend time with our kids over doing chores and other responsibilities.

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What Your Kids Want Most From You

  • Carey Nieuwhof reveals what it is our kids really want from us, and you may be surprised by the answer.

Imperfect Parents

  • Apparently there are some parents out there who are not perfect. Go figure? Reggie Joiner reflects on teaching his kids about their perfect heavenly father.

Should We Marry If We’re Theologically Divided? My Response

  • Russell Moore answers a question from someone wondering if they should marry their fiancé when they have differing theological views.

Time Warp

  • Carey Nieuwhof reflects on the importance of parenting with the end in mind.

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Get a Plan

  • Carey Nieuwhof (whose name I am going to have to remember how to spell now that he is posting so many useful articles on Orange Parents) reflects in this article on the importance of having a plan for our kids’ lives.

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Prayer: A parental priority

  • Jim Wideman writes about the importance of parents making prayer a priority in the lives of their children.

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How Much Time Should Dad Spend With His Children?

  • This article answers this question simply with the word “enough.” This is accompanied by a listing of questions to gauge whether or not you are spending enough time with your kids.

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What’s Your Rhythm?

  • Carey Nieuwhof encourages parents to include discussing God in the rhythm of their daily parenting.

Putting Your Kids to Bed…And Enjoying it!

  • Pastor Steve offers some thoughts on how to create a routine to help in putting your kids to bed.

Where Have all the Fathers Gone? A Sobering Challenge for Dads

  • Jeff Robinson shares a challenging sermon from Alistair Begg on fatherhood.

Ok, men, mop this floor

  • Here is some simple advice on how to be a better husband.

Grace or Truth – Which Parent Are You?

  • As a parent, do you tip the scales more towards grace or truth? Where should you fall on the spectrum?

How to Have a Family Fight

  • Carey Nieuwhof explains why you should fight for people instead of with them.

Devotions for Kids & Families

There are great sites out there with devotions for families and kids. These are great resources which we can point families too.

Family Worship: Book of Acts

  • Jared Kennedy offers some ideas for studying Acts 1-9 with your family.

Trouble

  • Bible Drive Thru offers this devotional for kids on getting in trouble.

Wise Wish

  • This devotional for kids is based on Solomon’s request for wisdom.

Made Things and the Maker

  • A devotion for kids on the difference between the Creator and the Creation.

Parent Problems

  • Bible Drive Thru offers this devotional for kids about dealing with your parents in a biblical way.

Just For Fun

This section includes posts from various Children’s Ministry blogs from the last month that were lighthearted, useful or just made me chuckle.

Having a big fight right before church.

  • Really? People do that? Who knew! 

DRIVE CONFERENCE SUNDAY’S COMING VIDEO

  • Check out this take on a “normal” Sunday church service.

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Stuff Kid’s Pastors like #105: Superheros

  • Sam Luce is at it again. In this post he gives superhero names to some prominent Children’s Ministry leaders based on their superpowers.

In Case of the Pentecost…

  • Check out this hilarious warning sticker on Pentecost.

In Case of the Eschaton…

  • On the heels of “In Case of the Pentecost” comes this warning sticker on the Eschaton.

Ministry-to-Children.com Articles

This section includes a listing of my posts on Dad in the Middle alerting readers to new articles which I have published on Ministry-to-Children.com.

The Play That Doesn’t Work

  • In this article from Ministry-to-Children.com, I write about a technique I use in large group to tell a Bible story over and over while having fun with the kids.

The M&M Gauntlet

  • In this article I wrote for Ministry-to-Children.com, I share a game I developed for our church’s Awana program which is equal parts relay Nascar, Dodgeball and American Gladiator.

100 Questions For Talking to Kids

  • In this article I wrote for Ministry-to-Children.com, I share 100 different conversation starters for kids.

This Sunday

  • In this article for Ministry-to-Children.com, I reflect on the amazing things that can happen when God crosses our paths with the paths of the kids in our children’s ministry,

An Object Lesson on the Impact of Giving

  • In this article for Ministry-to-Children.com, I explain an object lesson I did to teach kids about the cooperation and giving.

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