The Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol (December 2010)

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.

There were a lot of Christmas articles this past month. Though many of them were really really good, I did not include most of them in this Blog Patrol as the holiday has already passed. 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.

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).

2 pointed parenting questions: Ask yourself to see how well you’re doing.
  • This post is short, but if you’re a parent you need to be constantly asking yourself these questions.

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 – Sharing the Gospel With Kids

In this series, I began to summarize a presentation given by Jill Nelson on presenting the gospel to kids. I wrote about the first five points last month and will finish the remaining five this month.

Tool for Assessing Gospel Community
  • Doug Wolter shares this awesome resource from Tim Chester for assessing your church’s or ministry’s gospel community. How does your ministry do?

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.

Teaching Kids to Use Their Bibles (even before they can read)
  • In this article that I wrote for Ministry-to-Children.com, I explore several ways to teach kids how to use their Bibles that will work even when they don’t know how to read yet.
Getting Kids Into God’s Word
  • Kids Ministry 101 looks at the importance of getting kids into the Word of God.
I Plagiarized the Bible
  • Do you know your Bible so well that people might accuse you of plagiarizing it?

Little Bland Tips or Big Cool Truths
  • Roger Fields warns against watering down the Bible.
Teaching children the bible–and leaving nothing out
  • Michael Dusk reminds us of the importance of giving kids the full counsel of God.

It’s Okay to Ask “Why?”
  • Dale Hudson reminds us that we serve a very big God, and it’s ok to ask him why.

10 Can’t Fail Predictions for the New Year
  • Tony Kummer puts on his prophet hat and gives us ten predictions for the New Year which absolutely will come true. Read the article and find out why.

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.

Imaginary Hugs
  • Tina Houser gives a personal example of what building relationships with kids is all about.
5 DOs and DONTs of Teaching to Kids
  • Jeff McClung offers five tips on teaching kids the Bible.
5 Relational Tools to Make You a Better Teacher
  • Glen Woods offers five tips on relationship building to make you a better teacher.

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.

A Thank You to the Kidmin Community
  • I was overwhelmed by the response of the online kidmin community to a personal struggle I was having, and this article was my heartfelt thankyou.
Blog Series – People I Really Like

Jenny Funderburke shares with us some of the people she really likes in children’s ministry.

Blog Series – Lessons from Santa

Check out this great series from Wendy Douglas on children’s ministry lessons that can be learned from Santa Claus.

Blog Series – Future of Children’s Ministry

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

  • The Future of Children’s Ministry – Gina McClain
  • The Future of Children’s Ministry – Sam Luce
Blog Series – I Could Learn From

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

Blog Series – The Basics

Justyn Smith offers this series on getting back to the basics.

Blog Series – 40 Way to Show Kids You Care

Check out this series from Jeff McClung that offers 40 different ways you can show kids that you really care.

5 Things You Can Do This Week to Improve Your CM
  • Keith Tussing provides a list of five simple things you can do today to help improve your children’s ministry.
Children’s Church Models
  • Jamie Doyle looks at different models for doing children’s church.
Children’s Ministry Now: Are you up speed?
  • Lindsey Whitney explores some of the changes they made in their children’s ministry.
Helping Kids Keep Their Faith
  • This article explores why it is important to have people in your kids lives who do not have an agenda.
Do We Have a Walmart View of Ministry?
  • Bill Gunter asks is the large church / small church divide has created a “wal-mart” view of ministry.

What Defines You?
  • Sam Luce reminds us what is really important about who we are and what we do.
5 Things Every Children’s Minister Should Know
  • Iin this guest post, Bill Emeott shares five basic things you should know if you work with kids.
When You Feel Like Quitting Children’s Ministry
  • Jeff McClung shares some advice on what to do when you feel like throwing in the towel.

Kidmin | Why Be a Small Group Leader
  • Dan Scott shares some thoughts on why you should be a small group leader and asks why anyone wouldn’t want to be a small group leader.
December Spark
  • Dale Hudson shares 25 phrases you can use to build up kids with your words.

How We View Our Children Determines How We Disciple Them
  • Brad Baughm explains why our view of children (biblical or otherwise) has a direct impact on how we disciple them.
Hire Good People
  • Inside North Point Kids explains the type of people that they try to hire.
When the Teacher Becomes the Student
  • Tammy Jones shared some lessons she learned from her granddaughter.
Kidmin1124 Christmas Video
  • Jared Massey linked to this fun little video I put together with some of the contributors to Kidmin1124.
What Happens When We Pray
  • Leisa Jenkins asks what really happens when we pray.
2010 – Your Personal Year in Review
  • Matt Norman review the importance of looking back and looking forward at the turn of the new year.
3 Things to Get Now for Christmas 2011
  • Always thinking ahead, Barbara Graves looks to next Christmas and the things you ought to prepare now while Christmas 2010 is still fresh in your head.
Confirming A Calling
  • Brandon Maddux wrote this guest post for Kidmin1124 in which he answers the question of how you know when God has really called you to something.
A Resource Closet for Free
  • Tammy Jones tells us how to set up a kidmin resource closet on a low budget.
That was Then. This is Now.
  • Roger Fields reflects on the changes in children’s ministry over the last several years.
The 5 People Who Will Frustrate You In Children’s Ministry And How to Love Them
  • Jeff McClung doesn’t hold back in this list of five people who will drive you nuts in children’s ministry.

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.

Telling Stories to Children
  • Check out these notes from the book How to Tell Stories to Children, and Some Stories to Tell
How to Be A Better Storyteller
  • Tammy Jones offers some advice on how to become a better storyteller.
Storytelling | If Necessary Use Words…
  • Dan Scott offers some great tips to remember to make yourself a better storyteller.

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 – 12 Things Anyone Can Do

Jim Wideman started a series this month on practical things you can do to set yourself apart from others and be a better leader.

Bowing or Boasting?
  • Dale Hudson explores the importance of bowing rather than boasting in leadership with practical examples and tips.
15 Gut Check Questions For A Leader
  • Perry Noble shares a list of 15 tough questions any leader needs to be asking themselves frequently. They may start to seem familiar once you start reading.
11 Ways A Leader Can Serve The People He/She Works With
  • Perry Noble offers up some practical advice on servant leadership.

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 – Volunteer Toolbox

Check out the second entry in the Kidmin1124 series offering up the tools which should be in any children’s ministry volunteer’s toolbox.

Volunteer Love Languages
  • Wendy Douglas takes the popular 5 Love Languages idea and explains how it can apply to showing your volunteers appreciation.
Top 5 / reason to involve your FAMILY in your ministry
  • Michael Bayne gives five reasons you should have your family serve with you.

By Invitation Only
  • Roger Fields explains how to make volunteering in children’s ministry a privilege at your church.
If you volunteer in your church…
  • A great thank you from a pastor to volunteers.
Planning a Ministry of Volunteer Support and Encouragement for 2011 – Begin with Prayer!
  • Check out this important article on why praying for your volunteers is critical.

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.

Kidmin vs. Fammin
  • Joe McAlpine wrote a great article wondering about the shift to family ministry and what it might mean to children’s ministry.

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.

Interview With CMConnect’s Michael Chanley
  • Amy Fenton Lee interview Michael Chanley about growing up with a special needs family member.

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.

A Glimpse Into God’s View of Divorce
  • In this article, I look at God’s view of divorce and lay the foundation for a series dealing with the impact of divorce on kids.
Literacy and Media
  • Some interesting statistics about literacy and electronics in our society.

Moralistic Therapeutic Deism Case Study: Teens Telling Us What They Think
  • Find out what teens are saying and what this has to do with the trend towards moralistic therapeutic deism.

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.

How to Play Bible Baseball
  • Scripture Lady explains the game of Bible Baseball. I’ve never played it, but based on my son’s review, it’s a hit! (pun intended – in case you were wondering).

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.

Getting Started in Ministry: The Essential Reading List
  • Lindsey Whitney offers a short list of books anyone new to children’s ministry should check out.

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 Podcasts

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

Wayne Stocks Interview
  • Jared Massey did this post on an interview I did with Michael Chanley and the upcoming Kidmin1124 Volunteer Radio Show.

Google Reader – Taking Your Blog Reading to the Next Level
  • Check out this article I did for Kidmin1124 on why and how to use Google Reader to read blogs.

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 Coloring Pages

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

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.

Are Your Kids Under the Influence….of Music?
  • Joy Bowen asks how your kids are influenced by the music that they listen to.

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.

Tried and True curriculum evaluation questions
  • Check out these questions that you should ask about any curriculum

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.

Why Yelling Doesn’t Work
  • As parents, many of us find ourselves yelling at kids. In this article I remind myself, and you, why it doesn’t work.

Do You Have Yelling Parent Syndrome?
  • Epic Parent looks at some of the reasons we yell as parents and what we can do to stop.

31 Ways to pray for your children
  • Bob Hostetler offers 31 different things you can pray for your kids along with scriptural support.
Don’t Be the Spoiler of Joy in Your Home
  • Ron Edmondson asks what impact you have on your family.
JUST THE FACTS MONDAY – “I’M STRESSED, JUST LIKE DAD AND MOM”
  • Listen up parents, kid feel your stress! Check out these statistics.
Parenting Tip: Drawing the Line on Tattling
  • Staci Inskeep reminds us that is important to reign in tattling sooner rather than later.

2 pointed parenting questions: Ask yourself to see how well you’re doing.
  • This post is short, but if you’re a parent you need to be constantly asking yourself these questions.
10 Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child
  • Justin Taylor reviews the book by the same names and lists ten ways that you will destroy your child’s imagination.
Organizing Your Life One Room at a Time
  • Leisa Jenkins will get you kick started on organizing your home and your life in this article.
Are You Too Busy to Have An Organized Home?
  • Leisa Jenkins explains why we all have enough time to get organized, and why it is important that we do.

How a Father Shapes the Church-Going Habits of His Children (for the rest of their life!)
  • If you are a Dad, this article is a must read. No excuses!
Parenting Tip: Look Out For Boasting
  • Staci Inskeep advises parents to stay on the lookout for boasting in their kids.

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.

Pray for Leaders
  • Based on 1 Timothy 2:1-8, this devotional for kids explains why we should pray for our leaders.
The Worst
  • This devotional based on Titus 3:3-8 reminds us that none of us deserve the grace of God.

Read the Book!
  • This devotional based on 2 Timothy 3:14-17 encourages kids to read their Bibles.

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.

2 mildly offensive comics about parenting for the day
  • There is some frustration involved in parenting. Abraham Piper looks at the lighter side.
In the Meadow, We Can Save a Snowman
  • I wonder how many non-snowmen have this same thought?

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2 Comments

  1. Thanks for your time you put into this.

    My recent post 5 of the Top and Top of the Bottom

  2. Thanks for the shout out! I love this resource you put out! Thanks for doing it!
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