The Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol (October 2010)

Wayne —  November 2, 2010 — 6 Comments

Childrens Ministry Blog Patrol

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.

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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. 

The following is a quick guide to the various sections of this month’s Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol (If you have any category ideas, please let me know):

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).

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:

The Future of Children’s Ministry – Karl Bastian
  • Karl Bastian offers his prediction and his hope for the future of children’s ministry. You don’t want to miss this article.

Kids & the Gospel of Christ

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.

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The Power of the Cross and Children’s Ministry
  • In this article, I explore the importance of the cross to Children’s Ministry.
Gospel Relationships: The Home
  • Jared Kennedy writes about the transforming power of the Gospel.

A Recommendation For Gospel-Powered Parenting
  • From the Desiring God blogs comes this book recommendation regarding Gospel-Centered parenting.

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If you lead a small group …
  • Check out this link to a series on how to share the gospel.
7 Questions of Jesus That Will Change Your Life
  • Ron Edmondson lists seven questions Jesus asked which have the potential to change how you live your life.
25 Statements of Jesus That Will Change Your Life
  • Ron Edmondson gives of 25 life changing statements Jesus made during his ministry here on Earth.
Why Worrying is a Failure to Grasp the Gospel
  • Trevin Wax explains why worrying is inconsistent with an understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Hearing the Gospel Again and Again to Be Overcome
  • Jonathan Parnell writes about why we need to hear the Gospel over and over again.

Kids & The Bible

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.

Would You Get an A?
  • How would you do on this test of religious knowledge.
The Apocrypha and Gnosticism: Powerpoint presentation
  • Effective Children’s Ministry shares a PowerPoint presentation dealing with the issue of the Apocrypha.

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Great Kid Ministry Resource!
  • Christiaan VandenHeuvel shares an article about the single greatest resource every children’s minister must have! Don’t miss out on this resource.

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Explaining the Trinity to a Seven-Year-Old
  • Justin Taylor writes about how he explained the Trinity to his 7 year old.

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 – 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.

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.

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7 Questions to Ask Before Teaching the Bible to Kids
  • 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.
Dime Store Decor
  • 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.

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The Worries of Kids and the Strength of God (The Worry Box)
  • Tonya Langdon offers a great idea for dealing with kids’ worries in this article.
What We Do on Sundays: The Why
  • Jenny Funderburke shares why she writes her own curriculum.

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Praise at the Top of Your Lungs
  • Tina Houser warns us as parents not to limit the praise of kids because of own limitations.
What We Do On Sunday Mornings: Large Group
  • Jenny Funderburke shares their schedule for a normal Sunday morning.
Children’s Church: Do These 5 Things First
  • 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.
Young people, Digital tools, Leadership
  • Check out this link to an article on using technology to teach kids how to lead.
I was completely clueless :-O
  • Commander Bill writes about something he did to start building relationships with kids.
Four Characteristics of Authentic Worship
  • Joy Bowen provides this list of indicators of authentic worship.
Kidmin | Small Group Coach
  • Dan Scott writes about the importance of having Small Group Coaches in your ministry.
What we do on Sundays: Small Group
  • Jenny Funderburke explains how their small group time works every Sunday.

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How to Reach the World!
  • Dale Hudson writes about the importance of reaching the world one child at a time.

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Child Discipleship – Who Do You Want A Child To Be When He is 40?
  • Where do you want your kids to be when he’s 40. Maybe you should make a list like Wanda.

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Child Discipleship – What do kids need today to become…
  • 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.
Engaging Children
  • Greg Baird shares ways of engaging with the children in your ministry.

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.

The Most Important Things You Can Ever Say to a Child
  • In this article that I wrote for Ministry-to-Children.com, I discuss the most important things you can ever say to a child.

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What Is Children’s Ministry Supposed to Be?
  • In this article I ask what Children’s Ministry is really supposed to be all about.
What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry – Effectiveness by Dan Scott
  • 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.
Check It OutRepost: 8 Reasons to Get Involved in Children’s Ministry from Psalm 78
  • 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.

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Spontaneous Worship
  • I had one of those God moments in church and I couldn’t help but share it.
Carrying Heavy Stuff (Children’s Ministry Moment #11)
  • You never know what kids are going to say – thus the Children’s Ministry Moment series.
10 Ways to Know They Are NOT Looking For Somebody Else
  • If you think you’re just there for the short term, you might just want to check out this article from Ryan Frank.

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Why numbers matter in Kidmin.
  • Many people cringe at talking about numbers in their ministry. Sam Luce explains why numbers are important in kidmin.
Kidmin | Budget Planning
  • Dan Scott offers some practical advice for budgeting – and it may not be the kind of advice you think.
The Holy Spirit in Children’s Ministry (aka Go With Your Gut)
  • Matt Norman shares a time when he listened to Holy Spirit, deviated from his plan, and how God worked through that experience.
USA Today and America’s Four Gods
  • 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.

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Is Your Ministry Keeping You From Ministering?
  • 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.
Putting family first
  • Kenny Conley writes about the importance of prioritizing your family over your ministry.

Discipline

How to discipline in Children’s Ministry is an oft discussed question, and this section is dedicated to all things related to discipline.

3 Tips for Ministering to the Problem Child
  • Mimi Bullock offers three great for dealing with that “not so easy” kid.
Discipline with Youth: Preventive Discipline
  • Check out these practical tips on discipline issues.
How to Handle Discipline Problems in Kids Church
  • Mimi Bullock from Ministry-to-Children.com shares seven things you need to do to help with discipline problems.

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 continued her wonderful Monday morning series of blog posts with advice for making a better meeting.

Blog Series – I Could Learn From

Larry Shallenberger continues his series investigating people that he could learn from.

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.

Developing a Leadership Vocabulary
  • Ron Edmondson offers some advice on developing a leadership vocabulary.

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Humble Acceptance vs. Pious Proclamation
  • Dale Hudson explores true humility.
Positional Versus Relational Authority
  • Ron Edmondson on the importance of recognizing the difference between positional and relational authority.

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The Spiritual Act of Sleep
  • Pete Wilson writes about something near and dear to my heart and my pillow.

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Multitasking is a lie?
  • I knew it! I knew it! I knew it! Sorry, was I saying something – the phone rang.
what is your PERSONAL DEVELOPMEMNT PLAN?
  • In this article, Michael Bayne shares some thoughts about things you should be doing on a regular basis to grow yourself as a leader.
Not a fan….
  • 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!
Four Questions Leaders Should Ask Themselves
  • Perry Nobel lays out four questions that every leader ought to ask of themselves.
How to Guide a Team Through Conflict
  • Don Millers offers up 8 tips for getting through conflicts on a team.
Growing Your KidMin Team
  • Greg Baird explores different types of growth you should see on your children’s ministry team.

7 Steps to Achieve Your Dreams
  • Ron Edmondson offers advice on achieving your dreams.
7 Reasons Why Leaders Flame Out
  • Check out Perry Nobel’s list of 7 reasons leaders burn out so you can avoid them.
7 Phrases We Should Never Use to Start a Sentence
  • Ron Edmondson shares some sentence starters you might want to avoid in talking about yourself.
Seven Distractions We Must Resist
  • Perry Nobel alliterates this list of “P” words we should resist and avoid.
Are You Ready to Be a Leader?
  • Check out Kevin DeYoung’s leadership audit taken from a J. Oswald Chambers book.

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.

Steve Testerman is the Kidmin1124 Volunteer Champion of the Week
  • 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.
Excellence vs. Perfection
  • Theresa Haskins explains the standard she holds teenage volunteers to when they sign up to help her in children’s ministry.
Volunteers Writing Curriculum on a Limited Budget
  • Barbara Graves shares a tip on how to come up with engaging curriculum on a budget.
Pam Aikens is the Kidmin1124 Volunteer Champion of the Week
  • 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.
A Conference Designed for Volunteers
  • 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.
Kurtis Miller is the Kidmin1124 Volunteer Champion of the Week
  • 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.
Finding Your Volunteers the Right Piece of the Pie
  • Barbara Graves shares the importance of finding the right place for your volunteers.

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An Exciting Month for Volunteers and Those Who Love Them
  • November on CMConnect has been officially designated volunteers month. Check out the details in this article.
5 Keys to Effective Recruiting
  • Greg Baird shares five simple tips to help with volunteer recruitment.
Recruiting 101
  • Commander Bill Gunter shares seven tips for recruiting – a popular topic this month!
Growing through Relationships
  • Greg Baird expounds on the importance of relationship in recruiting.
Launching a volunteer conference
  • Kenny Conley shares about a new conference he and his team have put together for volunteers called the Illuminate Conference.

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Kids’ Ministry From the Eyes of a Volunteer
  • Jeff Salter offers advice to volunteers from a volunteer.

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What Volunteers Really Learn When You Don’t Train Them
  • Tony Kummer explores what your volunteers learn when you don’t take the time to train them.
The Saga of Recruiting Volunteers
  • Here is an article from family regeneration on recruiting volunteers.

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5 Reasons Ministry Volunteers Quit
  • Mimi Bullock explores why volunteers quit in this Ministry-to-Children.com article.
The “Need” in Recruiting
  • Christiaan VandenHeuvel his strategy for recruiting volunteers.

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.

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Shrinking the Change for Families
  • Larry Shallenberger asks what the small changes are that we can make to impact the spiritual lives of families.

Special Needs

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.

Protecting Special Needs Ministry Volunteers
  • Amy Fenton Lee shares some things you can do to help protect your special needs ministry volunteers.
CMX 2011 Special Needs Mini-Conference
  • 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.

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Awana Clubs and Children with Special Needs
  • 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.

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.

Play-Doh Heart: The Attack Of Clips, Clicks & Channels
  • Chris Sprad shares some advice on protecting your kids from too much media.

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.

Youth Bible Games – Give the Money
  • Check out this game about giving.

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.

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Blog Series – Ministry-to-Children.com Podcast

Tony Kummer continued his podcast this month with some great episodes.

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Blog Series – Take Ten Podcast

Sam Luce also continued his wonderful podcast this month.

Our Very Own Jared has a Podcast
  • 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.

Coloring Pages

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.

Harvest Coloring Pages
  • Children’s Ministry Blog offers some free harvest coloring pages.

Other Kidmin 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.

Seeds Family Worship – A Review
  • Check out my review of the music from Seeds Family Worship.
Free PowerPoint teaching: When I am afraid
  • Effective Children’s ministry, your source for kidmin PowerPoint presentations, offers this presentation on what kids should do when they are afraid.

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Printable Sermon Note Taking Sheet for Kids
  • Check out these printable sermon note taking pages meant specifically for kids.

Other General Resources (Bible Study, Theology, Etc.)

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.

“5 Worst & Best Things to Say to the Grieving”
  • Donna Perugini shares lists of things you should and shouldn’t say to people who have suffered loss.

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.

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How to Pick the Best Curriculum
  • 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.

One Size Fits All
  • Keeping with a curriculum theme, Bill Gunter writes about one sized fits all curriculum.
“Faith Overcomes Fear” Bible Lesson for Children
  • Check out this Bible lesson from Kristin Charles, of Ministry-to-Children.com, on how faith overcomes fear.

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.

10 Things I Love About Being A Dad
  • I sat down to write out some of the things I love about being a Dad. This article was the result.
Teaching Self-Worth to Your Little Ones
  • Check out these devotional activities for teaching kids about self-worth.

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The Danger of Raising Nice Kids
  • Believe it or not, nice is not the aim in parenting our kids. In fact, nice can be dangerous as a goal.

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Parent Tip: The Value of Listening
  • 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.
Luther on Parenting
  • Check out this quote from Martin Luther on the importance of parenting.
Why Do Marriages Go Bad?
  • Perry Noble writes about four things that can make a marriage go bad.
Seven Verses To Look At Regarding Your Marriage!
  • Perry Nobel points to seven specific verses you should review related to your marriage.

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.

When God says “Go”
  • Check out this devotional for kids about what they should do when God says “Go!”

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.

Stuff kidspastors like #106 – Hand prints
  • Sam Luce shares five way overused stock photos in kidmin.

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Literalists and their ultra-optimism
  • I love this cartoon posted by Abraham Piper.

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think of “The Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol.”

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6 responses to The Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol (October 2010)

  1. Wayne, thanks again for the kind mention of EffectiveChildrensMinistry.org. Catherine and I feel honoured to have items among this great list.
    Your monthly dad in the Middle Blog Patrol has become a "must-view" resource for us and other kidmins. This truly is a labour of love on your part and we bless God for your vision for it and the work you put in to make this monthly listing so comprehemsive and useful. Thanks!
    My recent post 3 things I learned from planting asparagus

  2. You are a link-o-matic. This is a valuable collection and I have about 12 tabs open right now to read different posts from this list. Thanks again!

  3. Thank you for doing this and making us all aware of what info is out there. And thank you for the mention you gave my site.
    I appreciate your passion for children's ministry.

  4. This is an incredible list – thank you for your passion and time in putting it together!

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