The Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol (January 2010)

Childrens Ministry Blog Patrol

Welcome 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 Children’s Ministry and compile them here in one place. It’s the very first Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol of 2010 and it’s packed full of great articles. There were a lot of great articles published this month in the world of Children’s Ministry. Everyone must have saved up there good ideas from December when the whole world was writing about Christmas. What the means for you is a disproportionate number of posts in this month’s Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol, but I hope you will take the time to check them all out.


As I’ve been doing for the last several months, I continue to add this little graphic to the right of the title of particularly pertinent posts. I think they’re all must-reads, but if you’re running short on time, make sure that you check out these articles at a minimum!

In addition to everything else going on this month, Kenny Conley started Orange Week this past month. A number of blogs dedicated the third week of the month to articles related to the Orange concept of family ministry. I could have included them all under the Family Ministry section, but I decided to add a separate section for just this month. Here is an index to that and the other sections of The Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol:


As I have been doing for the last several months, those posts from Dad in the Middle included in the monthly Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol have this warning label attached to them to warn you / let you know.

With that introduction, let’s have a look at some articles you might have missed this month:

Practical Teaching Tips & Advice

These articles offer tips and advice of teaching, working with kids, running your ministry and basically anything else that involves dealing with a group of kids.


Blog Series – Tips for Large Group Teaching

In this series, which will continue well into next month and the one after, I looks at various tips that can be used in Large Group Teaching situations.

Teaching Children to Set Goals

  • Karen Wingate offers some advice on how to teach kids about setting goals.


Shaped by Story

  • Amy Dolan looks at a method of teaching kids stories from the Bible from Michael Novelli’s book Shaped by the Story.

When Teaching a Large Age Range

  • The Kidologist, Karl Bastian offers a suggestion on who to target when teaching to a group of kids with a large age range.

The Student Teacher

  • Karen Wingate reminds us that as teachers we are still students as well.


Stepping Into the Story

  • Henry Zonio from Elemental Children’s Ministry offers this story on the art of telling a story.


Let’s not turn the Bible into a fairy tale

  • How do we convey the stories of the Bible without leaving kids with the mistaken notion that Bible stories are no different than other fictional characters they are familiar with.

16 things to keep in mind when teaching kids the Word

  • Jamie Doyle offers up 16 simple and useful tips for teaching kids the Word of God.

Help the Children Love the Different People

  • From Desiring God, David Mathis provides eight ways parents can help teach their kids to love people who are different.

Teaching Just By Being

  • Brick by Brick offers this article that reminds us that what kids observe in us is as important, if not more important, than the words that come out of our mouths.

Teach the Bible as One Coherent Story

  • Larry Shallenberger links to the newest endeavor from Phil Vischer titled What’s In The Bible?

Lessons Are Fun When You Are!

  • This article from Children’s Ministry Blog offers good practical advice on what it means to work with kids.

Teacher’s Prayer

  • A poem from Linda Stevenson for those who work in Children’s Ministry.

“…The Goal of our Instruction”

  • Larry Shallenberger examines the importance of teaching kids comprehension and not just retention of knowledge.

Helping Kids Cope with Disaster

  • In wake of the earthquake in Haiti, Ryan Frank looks at how to help kids cope with such disasters.

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 – Staying Dynamic in Children’s Ministry

Last Month we started a series from Elemental Children’s Ministry looks at eight things a Children’s Ministry needs to do in order to remain dynamic. I’ve included the final four from this month as well as the first four from last month.


On the importance of being prepared in Children’s Ministry (Children’s Ministry Moment #8)

  • In this article I look at why you must always be prepared for anything in Children’s Ministry.


I love Jesus enough to punch you in the mouth (Children’s Ministry Moment #9)

  • In this Children’s Ministry Moment, I recount a story that demonstrates the need for sanctification in kids of all ages.

Blog Series – Ideas in a Collaborative Community

In this series, Anthony Prince from West Coast CM examines some of the best ways to share ideas in a collaborative community.

Dear New Children’s Pastor

  • Same Luce offers three goals for new Children’s Ministers to keep them grounded and help them get started.

Do you evaluate based on effort?

  • We all spend a lot of time preparing our lessons. Do you spend enough time evaluating them after the fact?

Fishing Guide for Dummies

  • Gina McClain comments on a Sam Luce article by the same name in which he uses fishing for an analogy for getting caught up in the wrong things in Children’s Ministry.

Mental drift: possibly the solution to your biggest problem

  • Kenny Conley wonders if we should allow more time in our schedule to not only account for, but encourage, the wandering mind.


Why Are We So Offended All the Time?

  • Kevin DeYoung wonders why it is that we always seem so offended by just about anything.

10 Commandments for Sunday School Teachers

  • 10 Commandments penned by Henrietta C. Mears in the early 1900’s.

Two new ideas I am trying to connect with parents.

  • Sam Luce shares some ideas for connecting with parents that have not worked and some new ideas that he is trying.


  • Chad Swanzy looks at the relationship between Children’s Ministry and Student Ministry.

10 Ways Your Church Should Support Parents as Spiritual Leaders

  • Jeff Smith offers a list of ten things every church should do to support them in their role as their children’s spiritual leaders.

Let ‘Em Play!

  • Brick by brick examines the importance of play time in working with kids.

Gospel-Centered Children’s Curriculum

  • This article includes a link to a Yancey Arlington Article on putting the gospel at the center of your curriculum.

For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay

  • Terry Delaney, from Christian Book Notes, reviews this book from the daughter of Francis and Edith Schaffer.

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 – Keeping Life Simple

Jim Wideman offers this multi-part series on something we all strive for – simplifying our lives.

Blog Series – 7 Differences Between A Coach And A Critic

Perry Noble exams the fine line between being a coach and being a critic in this series.

Blog Series – Two Principles for Delegation

Nick Blevins looks at two fundamental principles when it comes to delegating responsibilities.

Blog Series – Leading When You’re Young

23 year old J.C. looks at the leading others when you’re young in this interesting series.

Five Characteristics of Key Leaders in Children’s Ministry

  • Glen Woods examines five characteristics he looks for in leaders.

10 Choices A Leader Needs To Make About His Staff

  • Perry Noble looks at ten things a leader must do in relation to those who work for him.

Four Reasons Why Leaders Stop Leading

  • Perry Noble looks at four reasons that leaders give up and stop leading.

And poof! a great meeting appears

  • Amy Dolan offers some advice on how to hold a successful meeting.

Groups Directors: Best Practices

  • Ideas for being a better leader to the volunteers who you lead.

Leadership | Don’t Dream Big?

  • Dan Scott reminds us that we shouldn’t stop dreaming big just because we don’t have the means to implement our dreams.

A Top Leadership Tool

  • From Relevant Children’s Ministry, Dale Hudson examines a biblical model for finding wisdom.

Celebration Time!

  • Inside North Point looks at ways of celebrating and the benefits of celebrating as a team.


Good Leaders, Listen Well

  • One critical skill for any good leader is the ability to listen. This article looks at the importance of listening in your ministry.


Orange Week

For one month only, I’ve added a section for links to all the Orange Week posts from various Children’s Ministry bloggers around the internet. If you’re interested in the Orange concept, make sure to check out these articles.

Blog Series – ORANGE WEEK: Kenny Conley (Children’s Ministry Online)

Blog Series – ORANGE WEEK: Sam Luce

Blog Series – ORANGE WEEK: Dan Scott

Blog Series – ORANGE WEEK: Kendra Golden

Blog Series – ORANGE WEEK: Matt McKee

Blog Series – ORANGE WEEK: Jonathan Cliff

Blog Series – ORANGE WEEK: Anthony Prince

Blog Series – ORANGE WEEK: Gina McClain

Blog Series – ORANGE WEEK: JC

Blog Series – ORANGE WEEK: Nick Blevins

Blog Series – ORANGE WEEK: Tamera Kraft (Revival Fire for Kids)

Blog Series – ORANGE WEEK: Orange Leaders


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.

Stages of Growing a Team Paid and Volunteer

  • Todd McKeever looks at the four stages of team development.

Kids and Theology

Jesus should be at the center of any Children’s Ministry. That means teaching kids about Jesus and about theology. This section is for articles that discuss and assist with teaching kids about theology and theological concepts.

Blog Series – Interview with Answers in Genesis President Ken Ham

Terry Delaney from sits down with the founder and president of the Answers in Genesis ministry which is responsible for the Creation Museum.


Can the Bible be trusted? A Free PowerPoint

  • From Effective Children’s Ministry, this two part power point presentation examines the proof for the reliability of the Bible. I have reviewed these presentations as part of our continuing series on this site called Why I Believe the Bible

Apologetics in Children’s Ministry: An Introduction

  • Terry Delaney, from looks at the role and use of apologetics in Children’s Ministry.


Yes, Hermeneutics Matters When Teaching Children

  • John Walton examines five common errors writers make when writing children’s curriculum.

Kids and Christ

In 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 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.

@the gospel and Today’s Youth

  • The Gospel Coalition Blog looks at the alarming increase in the use of electronic devices among children and youth.

Children and the Gospel

  • The Children’s Ministry Blog offers a link to an article from Ron Buckland entitled “Children and the Gospel.”

Kids and Cultural Trends

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.


  • Some interesting facts about kids and cell phones in today’s society.

One Third of US 11-Year-Olds Have A Cell phone

  • The title kind of gives it away. This article looks at the rising number of younger kids with cell phones.

XBOX 360 and the Bible

  • Ed Stetzer breaks the news that you can now read your Bible on the XBOX 360 gaming console.


  • The AWANA blog offers up some interesting statistics about mornings and kids.

The enemy of family time

  • Kenny Conley explores the negative impact of media and electronics on family time.

Charity: Who Cares?

  • Nick Blevins offers some interesting statistics on charity from

Resources (Music, Conferences, Internet Sites, Books, Games)

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.


Great internet resource sites

  • This one is a little bit self-serving, but Effective Children’s Ministry was nice enough to link to a post I did several months ago of great internet resources. So I thought I would mention it here in the Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol.


Worshiphouse Kids: a clearing house of kidmin media

  • Kenny Conley offers a link to this resource which offers a variety of great media content for Children’s Ministries.

Gross Games Club or Event

  • Chad Swanzy offers 7 “gross games” for your reading and playing pleasure.


Top 55 Pastor Bloggers

  • Online Christian Colleges offers this listing of top pastor’s blogs in various categories including one for Youth Pastors & Ministries. If you’re a regular of the Blog Patrol, you should recognize most of these.

Game Show Software (updated with link)

  • Free CM Stuff links to a site with various game show controls which you may find useful in your Children’s Ministry.

Bible Hangman with a “Twist”: A Fun Bible Review Game

  • Scripture Lady describes a fun twist on the game of hangman with a Bible theme.

Jumpin’ Jehoshaphat: A Super Fun Bible Review Activity

  • In this game, Scripture Lady incorporates jump rope with Bible memorization.


100 Amazing Websites For Christian Kids

  • Online Christian Colleges offers 100 links to safe sites for Christian kids to enjoy on the internet.

Have you seen Kidscreen?

  • Ryan Frank links to Kidscreen which is an online resource that will help keep you up-to-date on “what’s new and what’s coming in the world of preschool and children’s media.”

Top Children’s Ministry Conferences 2010

  • Tamera Kraft offers information and links to seven top Children’s Ministry conferences coming up this year.

8-Pin Bowling Free Review Game

  • Effective Children’s Ministry offers up this Bible review game based on bowling which requires only some questions and some Skittles.

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.


The “I AM” Names of Jesus: A Children’s Church Lesson

  • A lesson for 7-12 year olds on the “I AM” names of Jesus from the Gospel of John.

Children’s Bible Lesson About Sacrifice

  • This lesson from is for first to sixth graders and teaches kids about giving.

God the Holy Spirit Is Everywhere (Object Lesson for Children)

  • This lesson utilizes simple science to demonstrate the omnipresence of God.

Sunday School Lesson: Daniel in the Lion’s Den

  • From, this article includes a lesson on Godly Character for 9-12 year olds based on the story of Daniel in the Lion’s Den.

Family Ministry

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.


Blog Series – 6 Models of Family Ministry

Ryan Frank, editor of K Magazine (one of my personal favorites) shares six models of family ministry he has seen churches using and looks at the pros and cons of each.

Men in Family Ministry

  • This article looks at the benefit of men serving in Children’s Ministry and links to notes from a lesson on three men from the Bible who invested in the next generation.

Parents: Not The Enemy

  • Children’s Ministry Monthly reminds us that parents our not the enemy when it comes to Children’s Ministry.

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 – What Is Biblical Love for your Children?

Jay Younts looks at a definition of biblical love when it comes to being a parent.

Proverbs Family Devotional Guide

  • Sojourn Kids offers devotionals for parents from the book of Proverbs.


Ten Motives for Fathers from a Faithful Pastor

  • Jeff Robinson updates 10 motives for men in providing spiritual guidance to their wives and kids originally written by Puritan Richard Baxter in the 17th Century.

My greatest sermon- what’s yours?

  • Jim Wideman reminds us of one more reason why our kids are so important.

New Parenting Blog

  • Henry Zonio from Elemental Children’s Ministry and his wife have created a new site on parenting called, appropriately enough, Elemental Parenting.


Christianity Today: The Myth of the Perfect Parent

  • This link to an article from Christianity today examines the myth in Christian circles known as the “Perfect Parent.”


  • This simple post from the Awana blog offers five proverbs which would serve for great devotional time with your kids.

Talking With Your Children About Marriage & Sex

  • From the Shepherd Press blog, this article examined the when and how of having the “sex talk” with your kids.

Passing the Parenting Test

  • The Logos Ministry redefines the question of parenting from “Am I Parenting Successfully?” to “Am I Parenting Faithfully?”

Realistic Parent Training

  • Christine Yount Jones explores unrealistic expectation some churches may have about parents.

Parenting and the Tribulation

  • This article answers the question, “How do we prepare our kids for the end times?”

Just For Fun

This section includes posts from various Children’s Ministry blogs from the last month that were lighthearted or just made me chuckle.

Monday Morning Humor

  • Kevin DeYoung offers a link to Lark News which is a site of funny Christian-satire – a genre DeYoung describes as a “rare bird.”


Alphabet Game

  • When I was little, we used to pass time on our car trips playing the alphabet game. So, this was too good to pass up even though it has nothing to do with Children’s Ministry.

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1 Comment

  1. An outstanding, thorough and incredibly useful list, Wayne. Thank you for the time you put into it. It must be a labour of love to gather all this information into one place. I'm going to "pick this chicken" right down to the bone!