Welcome back 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 and organize into one easy to use document. A friend once described it as “The Table of Contents of the Children’s Ministry Blogs.” I like that.
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.
As has become my custom, I have identified what I view as the best of the best, or most important, articles of the past month with this little graphic next to the title.
I used to warn you with a graphic when I was linking to posts from Dad in the Middle. Since I am now also now writing for Ministry-to-Children.com and Kidmin1124.com, that doesn’t seem as pertinent, and I have stopped using it. I guess you’ll have to fend for yourself.
- Featured Article of the Month
- Kids & the Gospel of Christ
- Kids & Culture
- On Teaching & Working With Kids
- General Ministry Issues
- Leaders and Leadership
- Family Ministry / Orange
- Special Needs
- Kids & The Bible
- Internet Sites and Resources
- Coloring Pages
- Other Kidmin Resources (Music, Conferences, Etc.)
- Other General Resources (Bible Study, Theology, Etc.)
- Curriculum and Object Lessons
- Parenting and Marriage Issues
- Devotions for Kids and Families
- Just For Fun
With that introduction, let’s have a look at some articles you might have missed this past 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).
SO, I broke with my own rules this month. The Featured article is actually the first in a series of articles I plan to feature next month in The Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol, but the first entry in the series was powerful and impactful enough that I decided to make it the featured article:
- Karl Bastian offers his prediction and his hope for the future of children’s ministry. You don’t want to miss this article.
I’ve moved this section first in the Blog Patrol from here forward for one very important symbolic reason. I believe that Christ and the Gospel of Christ should be first and center in all of our lives and in what we teach kids about. It’s 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 also include general stories about the gospel which I think might be beneficial in teaching kids about Christ. Finally, 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.
- In this article, I explore the importance of the cross to Children’s Ministry.
- Jared Kennedy writes about the transforming power of the Gospel.
- From the Desiring God blogs comes this book recommendation regarding Gospel-Centered parenting.
- Check out this link to a series on how to share the gospel.
- Ron Edmondson lists seven questions Jesus asked which have the potential to change how you live your life.
- Ron Edmondson gives of 25 life changing statements Jesus made during his ministry here on Earth.
- Trevin Wax explains why worrying is inconsistent with an understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
- Jonathan Parnell writes about why we need to hear the Gospel over and over again.
I’ve moved this section up as well starting this month. We need to get kids refocused on the Bible and doctrine explained at level they can understand. The Bible, and a firm understanding of it, is essential for this. 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.
- How would you do on this test of religious knowledge.
- Effective Children’s Ministry shares a PowerPoint presentation dealing with the issue of the Apocrypha.
- Christiaan VandenHeuvel shares an article about the single greatest resource every children’s minister must have! Don’t miss out on this resource.
- Justin Taylor writes about how he explained the Trinity to his 7 year old.
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 – Teaching Kids to Tithe
Justyn Smith takes a look at how to teach kids about tithing to the church.
Blog Series – ADHD and Every Child
Church4EveryChild continued their series on kids with ADHD.
- Karen Sunderhaft: Expert Tips on Teaching Kids With ADHD (Part One)
- Karen Sunderhaft: Expert Tips on Teaching Kids With ADHD (Part Two)
- Karen Sunderhaft: Expert Tips on Teaching Kids With ADHD (Part Three)
- What Can Parents Do to Help Kids With ADHD Grow in Faith?
- Could ADHD be a Blessing to Christ Followers?
- What Can Parents Do to Help Kids With ADHD Grow in Faith?
- Barb Dittrich: My ADHD Sundays
- Harmony Hensley: Welcoming Ministry Environments for Kids With ADHD (Part One)
- Harmony Hensley: Welcoming Ministry Environments for Kids With ADHD (Part Two)
- ADHD and Spiritual Development: Tying it All Together
Blog Series – Freakonomics – Incentives
Kenny Conley takes a look at the use of incentives in children’s ministry.
Blog Series – These Kids Are Bored
Jamie Doyle continues his series on why kids in your children’s ministry might be bored.
- In this article that I wrote for Ministry-to-Children.com, I explore 7 questions posed by Francis Chan which you should ask yourself before teaching the Bible.
- If you’re on a tight budget, make sure you check out this article from Wendy Douglas who shares some pictures of what she was able to accomplish in terms of decor on a very limited budget. Thanks to Wendy for sharing these creative ideas.
- Tonya Langdon offers a great idea for dealing with kids’ worries in this article.
- Jenny Funderburke shares why she writes her own curriculum.
- Tina Houser warns us as parents not to limit the praise of kids because of own limitations.
- Jenny Funderburke shares their schedule for a normal Sunday morning.
- In this article that I wrote for Ministry-to-Children.com, I explore five things I think you ought to do every weekend before your service.
- Check out this link to an article on using technology to teach kids how to lead.
- Commander Bill writes about something he did to start building relationships with kids.
- Joy Bowen provides this list of indicators of authentic worship.
- Dan Scott writes about the importance of having Small Group Coaches in your ministry.
- Jenny Funderburke explains how their small group time works every Sunday.
- Dale Hudson writes about the importance of reaching the world one child at a time.
- Where do you want your kids to be when he’s 40. Maybe you should make a list like Wanda.
- Wanda follows up her previous post on where you want your kids to be in 40 years with the question of what they need now to get there.
- Greg Baird shares ways of engaging with the children in your ministry.
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.
- In this article that I wrote for Ministry-to-Children.com, I discuss the most important things you can ever say to a child.
- In this article I ask what Children’s Ministry is really supposed to be all about.
- In my continuing review of the book What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry, I looked at the chapter written by Dan Scott on effectiveness.
- This was a repost of an article from months ago in which I lay out eight reasons from Psalm 78 why you should consider serving in children’s ministry.
- I had one of those God moments in church and I couldn’t help but share it.
- You never know what kids are going to say – thus the Children’s Ministry Moment series.
- If you think you’re just there for the short term, you might just want to check out this article from Ryan Frank.
- Many people cringe at talking about numbers in their ministry. Sam Luce explains why numbers are important in kidmin.
- Dan Scott offers some practical advice for budgeting – and it may not be the kind of advice you think.
- Matt Norman shares a time when he listened to Holy Spirit, deviated from his plan, and how God worked through that experience.
- Lindsey Whitney shares her thoughts on a USA Today article that finds that Americans generally have four different types of Gods. She also examines the implications of these findings on children’s ministry.
- Matt Norman explains why he chose to start buying curriculum rather than writing it himself in order to allow more time for what is really important in children’s ministry.
- Kenny Conley writes about the importance of prioritizing your family over your ministry.
How to discipline in Children’s Ministry is an oft discussed question, and this section is dedicated to all things related to discipline.
- Mimi Bullock offers three great for dealing with that “not so easy” kid.
- Check out these practical tips on discipline issues.
- Mimi Bullock from Ministry-to-Children.com shares seven things you need to do to help with discipline problems.
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 continued her wonderful Monday morning series of blog posts with advice for making a better meeting.
- #22 build a better (do not invite) meeting
- #23: build a better (decision making) meeting
- #24: build a better (include everyone) meeting
Blog Series – I Could Learn From
Larry Shallenberger continues his series investigating people that he could learn from.
- I Could Learn From… Those Guys Who Saved the “Blue Like Jazz” Movie
- I Could Learn From… Bryan Allain
- I Could Learn from… Derek Webb
Blog Series – 6 Disciplines Every Leader Needs
Jeff McClung started a series this month on 6 disciplines every leader should try to develop.
Blog Series – Three Signs of a Miserable Job
Sam Luce writes about 3 warnings signs that you may have a miserable job or miserable employees.
- Three Signs of a Miserable Job.
- Three Signs of a Miserable Job: Immeasurement
- Three Signs of a Miserable Job: Irrelevance
- Three Signs of a Miserable Job: Anonymity
- Ron Edmondson offers some advice on developing a leadership vocabulary.
- Dale Hudson explores true humility.
- Ron Edmondson on the importance of recognizing the difference between positional and relational authority.
- Pete Wilson writes about something near and dear to my heart and my pillow.
- I knew it! I knew it! I knew it! Sorry, was I saying something – the phone rang.
- In this article, Michael Bayne shares some thoughts about things you should be doing on a regular basis to grow yourself as a leader.
- Barbara Graves doesn’t like silence. I thought that’s all you got when you stay up to the wee hours of the night, but apparently not!
- Perry Nobel lays out four questions that every leader ought to ask of themselves.
- Don Millers offers up 8 tips for getting through conflicts on a team.
- Greg Baird explores different types of growth you should see on your children’s ministry team.
- Ron Edmondson offers advice on achieving your dreams.
- Check out Perry Nobel’s list of 7 reasons leaders burn out so you can avoid them.
- Ron Edmondson shares some sentence starters you might want to avoid in talking about yourself.
- Perry Nobel alliterates this list of “P” words we should resist and avoid.
- Check out Kevin DeYoung’s leadership audit taken from a J. Oswald Chambers book.
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.
- Our second Kidmin1124 Volunteer Champion of the Week is Steve Testerman. Steve is a volunteer at First Baptist Cumming Church in Cumming, GA. Find out how Steve answered our Kidmin1124 Volunteer Champion of the Week questions.
- Theresa Haskins explains the standard she holds teenage volunteers to when they sign up to help her in children’s ministry.
- Barbara Graves shares a tip on how to come up with engaging curriculum on a budget.
- This weeks Kidmin1124 Volunteer Champion of the Week is Pam Aikens, and she offers some great words of wisdom based on her experience in children’s ministry.
- Kenny Conley and his crew from Gateway have put together a conference designed for volunteers. If you are in the Austin, Texas areas or can get there, I encourage you to check it out.
- This weeks Kidmin1124 Volunteer Champion of the Week is Kurtis Miller. You don’t want to miss what he has to say about children’s ministry.
- Barbara Graves shares the importance of finding the right place for your volunteers.
- November on CMConnect has been officially designated volunteers month. Check out the details in this article.
- Greg Baird shares five simple tips to help with volunteer recruitment.
- Commander Bill Gunter shares seven tips for recruiting – a popular topic this month!
- Greg Baird expounds on the importance of relationship in recruiting.
- Kenny Conley shares about a new conference he and his team have put together for volunteers called the Illuminate Conference.
- Jeff Salter offers advice to volunteers from a volunteer.
- Tony Kummer explores what your volunteers learn when you don’t take the time to train them.
- Here is an article from family regeneration on recruiting volunteers.
- Mimi Bullock explores why volunteers quit in this Ministry-to-Children.com article.
- Christiaan VandenHeuvel his strategy for recruiting volunteers.
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.
- Larry Shallenberger asks what the small changes are that we can make to impact the spiritual lives of families.
There seems to be more and more out there every month regarding special needs ministry, and we’ve finally caught up here at the Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol by adding a new section for those articles.
- Amy Fenton Lee shares some things you can do to help protect your special needs ministry volunteers.
- I loved CMX last year, and I can’t wait to go again this summer. CMX 2011 will be even better with this special needs mini-conference which Amy Fenton Lee tells us about.
- At Kidmin1124, we are super excited to have Tonya Langdon on board as a writer. Tonya specializes in special needs ministry, and her first article she lays out some of the benefits of welcoming special needs kids into your Awana programs.
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.
- Chris Sprad shares some advice on protecting your kids from too much media.
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.
- Check out this game about giving.
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.
Blog Series – Ministry-to-Children.com Podcast
Tony Kummer continued his podcast this month with some great episodes.
- Podcast #5 Helping Families Worship at Home
- Podcast #6 Leading in Children’s Ministry
- Podcast #7 Over-Churched Kids
- Podcast #8: Matt McKee on Technology, Orange Thinking, and Bad Puppets
Blog Series – Take Ten Podcast
Sam Luce also continued his wonderful podcast this month.
- TakeTen: The Role of Technology in Kidmin
- TakeTen: Why Blog? with Tony Kummer
- TakeTen: Being Bi-Vocational with Jared Massey
- The Bivocational Kids Pastor
- Jared Massey participated in the Take Ten podcast of the legendary Sam Luce this week. Find out what he had to say in this article.
Recently some sites (specifically Ministry-to-Children.com) have been offering free Bible based coloring pages for use at home or in your ministry. I thought they merited their own section, so here it is!
Blog Series – Coloring Pages
Ministry-to-Children.com continued to produce great coloring pages each month. Here are some from last month.
- Nicodemus Seeks Jesus Coloring Page Maze
- Pastor Appreciation Coloring Page
- Doubting Thomas Coloring Page
- Doubting Thomas Sunday School Worksheet
- Spring Coloring Pages “Thank You God”
- Winter Coloring Page “Give God Praise”
- Free Thanksgiving Coloring Pages for Kids
- Daylight Savings Time Coloring Page (free printable)
- Children’s Ministry Blog offers some free harvest coloring pages.
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.
- Check out my review of the music from Seeds Family Worship.
- Effective Children’s ministry, your source for kidmin PowerPoint presentations, offers this presentation on what kids should do when they are afraid.
- Check out these printable sermon note taking pages meant specifically for kids.
As those in children’s ministry, one of the things we should be committed to is growing in our own faith. I come across all kinds of resources to help with that, I will share them here.
- Donna Perugini shares lists of things you should and shouldn’t say to people who have suffered loss.
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.
- In this article that I wrote for Ministry-to-Children.com, I lay out a framework for evaluating children’s ministry curriculum.
Blog Series – Free Bible Lessons
Sam Luce continues to post free lessons plans for the books of the Old Testament.
- Keeping with a curriculum theme, Bill Gunter writes about one sized fits all curriculum.
- Check out this Bible lesson from Kristin Charles, of Ministry-to-Children.com, on how faith overcomes fear.
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.
- I sat down to write out some of the things I love about being a Dad. This article was the result.
- Check out these devotional activities for teaching kids about self-worth.
- Believe it or not, nice is not the aim in parenting our kids. In fact, nice can be dangerous as a goal.
- I love what Staci Inskeep is doing at Cap City Kidz with their parent tips on the blog. This one is all about the power of listening.
- Check out this quote from Martin Luther on the importance of parenting.
- Perry Noble writes about four things that can make a marriage go bad.
- Perry Nobel points to seven specific verses you should review related to your marriage.
There are great sites out there with devotions for families and kids. These are great resources which we can point families too.
- Check out this devotional for kids about what they should do when God says “Go!”
This section includes posts from various Children’s Ministry blogs from the last month that were lighthearted, useful or just made me chuckle.
- Sam Luce shares five way overused stock photos in kidmin.
- I love this cartoon posted by Abraham Piper.
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