Blog Patrol (June 9, 2009)

This is the Happy Birthday to the blog. They turned two this week. The terrible twos – I can’t wait to see what that brings! Seriously though, when it was just Tony writing over there the sight showed up regularly in the Blog Patrol. Now that they have a slew of talented writers, I have to force myself not to include all of their blog posts. Anyone in children’s ministry or interested in children’s ministry should definitely add Ministry-To-Children to their favorites and their blog reader. That said, here is a rundown of this week’s favorite blog posts (and, yes, there are a lot from


These are the stragglers from the prior week which I either didn’t receive or find in time to add to last weeks Blog Patrol. Enjoy!

Parents Rethinking Parenting, and Other Partially Encouraging Developments

  • This article from Owen Strachan looks a a growing trend in parenting in today’s society.

Tuesday Talk: Brent Weber

  • Brent Weber asks the question “How do you make worship something kids look forward to instead of something they dread?”

Tuesday (June 2, 2009)

10 Things Every Kids Pastor Should Know about Pixar’s UP.

  • I went to see the movie Up with my eight-year-old last Friday. It’s a good movie. This article looks at how you can use the movie in your Children’s Ministry.

Funny Job Requirements for Children’s Ministry

  • Tony Kummer from summarizes a thread from that looks at some real world requirements for working in children’s ministry.

Your first 12 months in children’s ministry

  • Ryan Frank offers up ten things that a new person in Children’s Ministry should focus on in their first twelve months.

Wednesday (June 3, 2009)

Study: Girls Do Understand Math, but We Don’t Want Them To

  • This article from Brenna Phillips struck me because my six-year-old girl is a bit of a math wiz!

Healthy Conflict? 6 habits to make arguments work for you

  • This article from Gary Oliver looks at six habits to develop for arguing is a healthy way with your spouse.

5 Things to Build Team

  • Gina McClain offers a short post with five things every leader should do to build teams.

Don’t Miss the Gospel When Sharing Jesus With Kids

  • From, Tony Kummer reminds us that the gospel must be central even in, perhaps especially in, Children’s Ministry.

#552. Judging pop culture as if we’re immune to its woes.

  • This article looks at the danger of observing culture and thinking that we are not subject to it or immune from it.

Exposing the Idol of Self-Glory

  • Jon Bloom from offers this article that explores the idea that “The love of our own glory is the greatest competitor with God in our hearts.”

15 Tools for Exegetical Research

  • This article offers 15 useful sources for researching biblical passages. While there is nothing in the article that isn’t fairly well known, it offers a nice concise listing of research aids.

Thursday (June 4, 2009)

Learning To Trust Your Children’s Ministry Volunteers

  • Tony Kummer looks at the benefits of building trust in your volunteers as well as the benefits of such trust.

“What’s going on, Phil?”

  • For fans of Veggietales and JellyTelly, Phil Vischer offers an update on what he’s up to.

Be Careful Little Mouth What You Say?

  • This article looks at the use of foul language, especially by preachers, as a form of laziness.

Why Stand to Read Scripture?

  • I enjoy listening to Russell Moore’s sermons on my ipod. I have always liked that they “stand out of reverence for the reading of God’s Word.” In this article, Dr. Moore looks at why he employs the process.

If God Text Messaged the 10 Commandments

  • Albert Mohler recently did a program based on the fact that the average teenager sends over 2,000 text messages a month. This articles looks at what the 10 Commandments may have looked if God had sent them by text message rather than carving them in stone.

Two Things Every Child Needs To Know

  • From Jeri Tanner at, this article looks at biblical guidance on two things every child should be taught.

Friday (June 5, 2009)

#554. Doing things that are “not very Christian.”

  • This article offers a test for determining whether you are engaging in “not very Christian” behavior.

Silence Cannot Be Misquoted

  • This article looks at why silence may be the best, and most biblical, option.

Gender Roles and the Image of God: Conclusion

  • Gerald Hiestand concludes his article on Biblical gender roles.


  • Clayton King offers this article on the usefulness of one of the shortest words in the English language.

Weariness is Sin? You’ve got to be kidding . . .

  • James MacDonald looks at the biblical evidence for why weariness is actually a sin. This is a thought provoking post.

KNOW THAT I AM GOD…our rest, our hope, and our assurance

  • This exegesis of one of my favorite Bible verses from Steven Camp includes commentary from well known Christian scholars.

Saturday (June 6, 2009)

Children’s Ministry Think Tank: Baby Dedication: What Does Your Church Do?

  • In this third installment of the Children’s Ministry Think Tank, several Children’s Ministry workers look at their churches practice related to baby dedication. I enjoy this series so much, and commend it to everyone who works in Children’s Ministry, that I wrote this post about it!

Sunday (June 7, 2009)

Think Tank: Baby Dedication

  • Jared Kennedy didn’t quite get his thoughts in on time for the latest installment of Children’s Ministry Think Tank. So, he offers his thoughts on his blog.

Teaching Children to Pray

  • Jeri Tanner from offers five ways to get children to pray.

Monday (June 8, 2009)

Explaining Salvation?

  • This article looks at Dan Scott’s reevaluation of some frequently used terms in bringing kids to salvation.

Bible Charts via Email

  • From Free CM Stuff, this article links to free charts from Rose publishing. I have several books of charts from Rose Publishing and love the work they do. I would encourage you to sign up for the free e-mail.

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