The Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol (November 2010)

Wayne —  December 7, 2010 — 3 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.

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).

7 children’s pastors I stay away from
  • If you are in children’s ministry, you need to read this article. Ryan Frank shares his list of seven children’s pastors that he avoids.
Blog Series – Children and the Gospel

Andy Johnson did a series on children and the gospel message. If you teach children, you should read through these articles carefully!

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.

Blog Series – Children and the Gospel

Andy Johnson did a series on children and the gospel message. If you teach children, you should read through these articles carefully!

How We Unintentionally Hinder Kids from Sharing the Gospel
  • Sometimes we pass along our own trepidations about sharing the gospel to kids. I tackle that issue in this article originally published on Ministry-to-Children.com.
Allowing Jesus to Work in Your Children’s Ministry
  • In this article, originally published on Ministry-to-Children.com, I explain why I want to leave room for the Holy Spirit to work in children ministry.
Is my child ready to ask Jesus to be Lord of their life?
  • Jason Douglas shares some ideas on how to tell is your kid is ready to accept the Gospel and make Jesus the Lord of their life.
Salvation Messages
  • Check out a couple of different ways of presenting the gospel to kids.

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.

On the Importance of Kids Actually Reading the Bible
  • Faced with the onslaught of video options for kids to learn about the Bible, in this article I explain why it is still important for kids to engage with God’s Word in written form.
Childish vs. childlike
  • Seth Godin compares the concept of childlike to being childish.
Findability
  • Jonathan Cliff asks the question, “How do we make God findable?”

Catechisms & Creeds: Instructions for Living
  • Check out these great resources on various catechisms.
7 Truths About Fear
  • Mark Driscoll shares seven things you need to know about fear.

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 – Kids Worship

Anthony Prince did a great series on worship in children’s ministry.

3 Questions to Help Children Think about Vocation & Calling
  • Tony Kummer from Ministry-to-Children.com shares 3 questions you can use with kids when talking about how certain jobs can bring glory to God.
Who Else Needs Encouragement after a Bad Day?
  • I wrote this article for Ministry-to-Children after a particularly frustrating Sunday morning about what God taught me through that experience.

Do You Celebrate the Holy Interruptions in Your Ministry?
  • In this article that I wrote for Ministry-to-Children.com, I ask how you respond to Holy Interruptions to your plans.
Kidmin | Adapting Stories for Kids
  • Dan Scott shares his process for adapting stories for children.

6 Teaching Tips for Children’s Ministry
  • Lindsey Whitney shares six tips for teaching kids in children’s ministry.
Bringing Some “Character” To Your Class
  • Barbara Graves shares some tips for bringing recurring characters to your children’s 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.

Blog Series – Ingredients of a Modern Kids Ministry

Justyn Smith covers four components of a modern children’s ministry.

Blog Series – Dumb Things

If I’m being honest, one of the things I loved about this series from Jonathan Cliff is that it made me feel better about some of the mistakes I’ve made. Kudos to Jonathan for being willing to share though!

Blog Series – The Future of Kidmin

Greg Baird, and Kidmin360, started a great series this month in which a variety of leaders from the field of children’s ministry are sharing their thoughts on the future of kidmin. Make sure to head on over and read the articles and join in the conversation.

Signs Of A Thriving Childrens Minsitry – Discipling
  • Tamara Kraft explains why discipling others is a key to a thriving children’s ministry.

The Heartbeat of Children’s Ministry
  • Wendy Douglas writes about the importance of small groups in children’s ministry.

Ministry Frustrations: Is it worth leaving the church?
  • Don’t miss this frank and open discussion about some of the frustrations of working in children’s ministry and when those frustrations rise to a level where you should consider leaving a church.
FAQs: Protecting Your Children from Sexual Abuse
  • Jared Kennedy shares four steps you can use to help protect your kids from sexual abuse.
FAQs: Children’s Ministry Safety
  • Jared Kennedy also shared links to some articles he came across while researching the issue of child safety in children’s ministry.
5 Ways Churches Can Serve Public Schools– Without Breaking the Law
  • Keith Tusing, in a guest article for Ministry-to-Children.com, shares five ways we can help public schools without breaking laws.
How to Define “the Win.”
  • Rob Marks writes about the importance of defining what a win is for your ministry.
Complacency vs. Passion vs. Obsession
  • Jenny Funderburke summarizes some signs that you might be becoming complacent, or losing passion or obsessive when it comes to ministry.

Top 10 Reasons to Serve in Children’s Ministry
  • Joy Bowen shares ten reasons why you should serve in children’s ministry.
Warning: Your Life Speaks Louder Your Words
  • Kristen Charles, from Ministry-to-Children.com, reminds us that what we do is a whole lot more important than what we say.
Are You A Good Mechanic?
  • Bill Gunter compares finding a good children’s ministry to finding a good mechanic.
Thursday Is for Thinkers: Joshua Simpson on The Challenges of a Bi-vocational Pastor
  • Joshua Simpson guest posts on Ed Stetzer’s blog about the issues that come with being a bi-vocational pastor.
you are a CHILDREN’S PASTOR!
  • Joe McAlpine offers a great reminder for children’s pastors of where their primary focus ought to be.
Giving Back the Rewards
  • Wendy Douglas writes about reward systems in children’s ministry. Make sure to check out this article and join in the conversation.
Drinking the Kool Aid
  • Joe McAlpine shares some things about children’s ministry where he is, and where he is not, “drinking the cool aid.”

Take Your Friend to Serve Day
  • Barbara Graves shares an idea for finding volunteers called “Take Your Friend to Serve Day.” She hasn’t implemented it yet, but I have no doubt that this one is going to be a winner when she pulls it off!
10 Reasons Children’s Pastors are Important
  • Jeff McClung shares 10 reasons that children’s pastors are important.
What Does Your Office Say to Kids???
  • Keith Tussing explains that what your office says about you can be important to both parents and kids.
Child Discipleship – My Priorities for Children’s Ministry
  • Wanda shares her priorities for children’s ministry.

7 children’s pastors I stay away from
  • If you are in children’s ministry, you need to read this article. Ryan Frank shares his list of seven children’s pastors that he avoids.

God Broke My Heart
  • Wendy Douglas shares how God broke her heart for kids and led her into children’s ministry.
All Healthy Things Reproduce
  • Matt Norman asks whether your children’s ministry is reproducing and how to measure that.

Staying Motivated: Keeping a Win File
  • Joe McAlpine explains why it is important to keep a file of wins in children’s ministry and what you should keep in it.

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.

We’re Surrounded by Stories
  • Dale Hudson shares the importance of stories and the role we play in those stories.
The Story of Jonah
  • Staci Inskeep shares this great video of a little girl telling the story of Jonah.

The Power of a Story
  • Jared Massey reminds us of the importance and effectiveness of a well told story.

Discipline

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

Discipline…It’s NOT a Dirty Word
  • Keith Tussing writes about the importance of discipline in children’s ministry.

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 long running Monday Morning series of way to build a better meeting.

Blog Series – I Could Learn From

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

Three Signs of a Miserable Job: Anonymity
  • Sam Luce concludes a series from last month with the final sign of a miserable job.
Dealing with Difficult People!
  • We all face difficult people in our lives. Check out this great article with some practical advice for how to deal with those people.
The Leader as Lifelong Learner
  • Daniel Offer writes this guest post for Michael Hyatt’s blog on how leaders can also be learners.
Learning to Let Go
  • Lindsey Whitney writes about the importance of learning to let go of control of certain aspects of your ministry in order to allow the ministry to thrive.
The Five Prices A Leader Must Be Willing To Pay
  • Perry Noble explores five things that any leader must be willing to pay as a price for leading.
How Teachable Are You?
  • Jenny Funderburke explores the importance of remaining teachable.
How We Evaluate Feedback
  • Jenny Funderburke offers some insight into how they evaluate the feedback that they get.

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 – The Non-Negotiables

We continued our series on Kidmin1124 this month regarding things that you can not afford to sacrifice in trying to find more time.

Blog Series – Getting Your Volunteers Invested

Lindsey Whitney shares some ways to help get your volunteers invested in, and excited about, your ministry.

Recruiting the Best Volunteers for Ministry
  • JC Thompson begins to lay out some tips for recruiting volunteers beginning with on of the most important things you can do.
Say Thanks to Your Volunteers
  • Christine Yount Jones reminds us of 3 P’s of thanking your volunteers.

Children’s Ministry Talk and Kidmin1124
  • The guys at Children’s Ministry Talk were kind enough to feature Kidmin1124 on one of their podcasts. Come learn about this great podcast and what advice they had for volunteers and children’s pastors.
Perceptions of Volunteering
  • Jenny Funderburke talks about some of the reasons people choose not to volunteer and what we can do about it.
Jessica Lindsey is the Kidmin1124 Volunteer Champion of the Week
  • Check out these insights from Jessica Lindsey who was one of the Kidmin1124 Volunteer Champions of the Week this month.
Kidmin1124 Volunteer Champion of the Week Needs YOUR Help
  • We had to postpone the Kidmin1124 Volunteer Champion of the Week segment for one week because we did not have any nominations. If you have volunteers, make sure to check out this article and nominate your volunteers for this award.

7 Things Every Volunteer Should Seek Out
  • It is way to easy to complain that we are not getting what we need as volunteers. This article is all about what you, as a volunteer, should be seeking out for yourself.
Julie Reising is the Kidmin1124 Volunteer Champion of the Week
  • Check out more wisdom from the Kidmin1124 Volunteer Champion of the Week series on Kidmin1124. My favorite thing about this series is the chance it affords us to hear from people in the trenches of kidmin.
Not Just Kids — Part 1 (Volunteers)
  • This is a great article that reminds us that it is important to shepherd your volunteers as well as your kids.
Christmas Ideas for Volunteers
  • Inside NorthPoint offers some ideas on what you can do for your volunteers for Christmas.

Why aren’t you firing more of your Volunteers?
  • Orange Leaders poses this thought provoking question and some important things to remember about volunteers.
Youth Leaders vs. Youth Helpers
  • Joy Bowen explores the difference between just having youth helpers and developing youth leaders.

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.

Think Color. Not Orange. Not Black or White.
  • This article is a great reminder that good way is not always the only way to do something.

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.

The Inclusive Church
  • Tonya Langdon profiles one of my favorite sites – The Inclusive Church Blog from Amy Fenton Lee. If you are involved with special needs kids, or work in children’s ministry, you need to check out this article and the site.

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.

Who Do We Think We’re Fooling?
  • Lindsey Whitney offers some final thoughts on the issue of Halloween alternatives and Christians.
Dear Dad and Mom, Thanks for Shooting Mario
  • Trevin Wax thanks his parents for not letting him make video games more important than anything else.
Pop Culture’s View of Faith
  • The Resurgence Blog offers a look at how current culture views the issue of faith.

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.

4 Tips for Turning Supervised Playtime into Ministry
  • Glen Woods explores how to used supervised play time as a form of ministry.
Games for Sunday School – Break Through
  • Check out this great game from Christianity Cove that teaches kids that they don’t have to bow to peer pressure.

10 Keys to a Great Kids Ministry Games
  • In this article, written for Ministry-to-Children.com, I offer some advice on having a great game time.

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.

THE GOSPEL FOR CHILDREN by JOHN LEUZARDER (A Dad in the Middle Review)
  • Check out my review of one of the best summaries of the Gospel for kids, and adults, that I have ever come across. I could not recommend this book more highly!
THE BIG GOD STORY by MICHELLE ANTHONY (a Dad in the Middle Review)
  • In this review, I tackle a children’s book written by Michelle Anthony that covers the story of the Bible in a kid friendly format.
SPIRITUAL PARENTING by MICHELLE ANTHONY (A Dad in the Middle Review)
  • Here is my review of one of the better books I’ve read on parenting.
The Complete ESV for Kids – The Seek and Find Bible
  • Crossway is coming out with a new ESV Bible for kids called the Seek and Find Bible. I, for one, cannot wait to check it out. I love the current ESV Children’s Bible, and if this one is half as good, ir will be worth adding to your library.
Little Star: Creative New Book Retells the Christmas Story
  • Check out my review of this cure new children’s Christmas book.

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.

Blog Series – Ministry-to-Children.com Podcasts

Tony Kummer continued his podcast series with well known leaders in the field of children’s ministry.

Blog Series – Take Ten

Sam Luce continued his 10 minute long podcast series this month.

Kidology (The Volunteer Toolbox – Resource #1)
  • We started a new series on Kidmin1124 this month highlighting great resources for volunteers. Our very first tool for the Kidmin Volunteer Toolbox was Kidology.org.
Introducing a Brand New Children’s Ministry Resource
  • Keith Tussing has a great new site for helping people in children’s ministry find the resources they need.
5 Websites For Your Children’s Ministry
  • Jeff McClung shares five great online resources you can use for your children’s ministry.

Sign Up for the Kidmin1124.com Newsletter
  • One of the resources we offer at Kidmin1124.com is a free weekly e-mail newsletter. This post on CMConnect explains how to sign up for the newsletter.

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 – Ministry-to-Children.com Coloring Pages

Ministry-to-Children is quickly becoming THE source for Biblical coloring pages for your church or your own kids.

Turkey Color Time!
  • Check out this Thanksgiving coloring page from the Church House Collection.

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.

STARS, GUITARS AND MEGAPHONE DREAMS (A Dad in the Middle Review)
  • Yancy released her newest album this past month. You can find my review here. If you want the short version – “Go buy this CD today!”
A John 3:16 Craft for Kids
  • I threw together this cross/box craft for Awana one night based on John 3:16 and thought I would share it.
Children’s Ministry Monthly Is Now “Help! I’m A Children’s Pastor”
  • The podcast formerly known as Children’s Ministry Monthly is now “Help! I’m a Children’s Pastor.” It is still worth checking out!
Christian Music for Children
  • Tim Challies shares some great Christian music for kids. I have heard most of these and can tell you he has really hit the nail on the head with this list.
Good Finds! Picture Word Cards from Lifeway (FREE!)
  • Amy Fenton Lee links to free picture word cards from Lifeway publishing.
Great Kidmin tool: Group Me
  • Sam Luce writes about a resource that lets you create groups of cell phone numbers for sending out group text messages. Sam also offers some suggested use for children’s ministry.
Guest Blogger, Sam Luce: 8 Tech Tools that should be on Every Kids’ Pastor wish list!
  • Sam Luce guests posts on the Kids Ministry 101 blog about technological tools every children’s pastor could use.

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.

The Bible is VERY Consistent
  • In response to recent criticisms about alleged inconsistencies in the Bible, the resurgence blog posted this chart representing the 63,779 cross references in the Bible.
NIV(2011) Changes
  • Justin Taylor summarizes changes in the new NIV translation released this year.

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.

Blog Series – Sam Luce Lesson Plans

Sam Luce continues to share his lesson plans based on the books of the Old Testament.

5…4…3…2…1: A Super Bible Memory Verse Activity for Elementary Kids
  • Scripture lady shares this fun memory verse activity for kids in elementary school.

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.

Blog Series – How to Have the “Sex Talk”

Epic Parent did a great series of posts this past month on talking to kids about sex.

Surviving and Thriving as a Parent During the Teenage Years
  • Reggie Joiner wrote a guest post for Dad in the Middle on dealing with the teenage years.
A Sermon on Divorce and Remarriage
  • Kevin DeYoung shares a frank sermon on the Biblical view of divorce.
Fathers, Don’t Provoke Your Children
  • Dave Bruskas shares different ways to provoke your children that the Bible would warn against.

Check It Out

Marriage Preaches
  • Tim Challies shares a quote from Randy Alcorn explaining how your marriage preaches to other people.
Fifteen Things to Tell your Teenage Daughter Before She Closes Her Eyes
  • From Epic Parent, check out 15 things you should say to your daughter before they go to bed.
Face The Demons Of Parenting: 10 Things Every Workaholic Parent Must Do
  • Epic Parent offers some advice to parents who work too much.
Face The Demons Of Parenting: Are You A Workaholic Stay At Home Mom
  • Just because you don’t work outside the home doesn’t mean you aren’t a workaholic, Epic Parent offers some advice to workaholic moms.

Who Needs Marriage? TIME Asked the Question — Do You Have an Answer?
  • Albert Mohler explores a Time Magazine article on the cultural view of marriage.
Reverse The Laziness Curse In Your Kids
  • Epic Parent offers some advice to counter laziness in your kids.
JUST THE FACTS MONDAY – PEW RESEARCH ON MARRIAGE
  • Apparently blogging offers some facts from Pew Research on the state of Marriage in our society.

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.

Hang in there!
  • Check out this devotional on perseverance based on Philippians 3:10-14.

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.

From the book of Davidicus: When you eat of the spoils.
  • I love a parent with a sense of humor. Don’t miss this dad’s laws about Halloween Candy.
Not knowing what to do about good friends who are raising punk kids.
  • I love Stuff Christians Like. This is a great article about how to deal with friends’ kids.

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

Fish Image courtesy of www.christart.com
m4s0n501

3 responses to The Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol (November 2010)

  1. Wayne! You are such a Kidmin blogging beast!
    My recent post Advent Opportunity

Trackbacks and Pingbacks:

  1. Tweets that mention The Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol (November 2010) | Dad in the Middle -- Topsy.com - December 7, 2010

    [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Wayne Stocks, Wendy Douglas. Wendy Douglas said: RT @stocksohio: The Children's Ministry Blog Patrol (November 2010) http://goo.gl/fb/z6mlC #kidmin #cmconnect /Wayne-you rock! [...]

  2. Google Reader – Taking Your Blog Reading to the Next Level | Kidmin1124 - December 13, 2010

    [...] many blogs.  Each month over on my other blog, Dad in the Middle, I compile something called The Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol.  The Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol accumulates and categorizes [...]

Leave a Reply