The Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol (February 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 those who work in Children’s Ministry and gather then together here in one place. 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.

Check It Out

To help identify what I view as the best, or most important, posts of the month, I’ve added this little graphic next to title of particularly pertinent posts. I think they’re all must-reads, but if you’re running short on time, you should make sure that you check out these articles at a minimum!

Last month, in response to what was dubbed “Orange Week,” I added a separate section called Orange Week. It was supposed to be a one month addition, but this month Henry Zonio featured a review of the book Orange by multiple bloggers. With the Orange conference coming up soon, I may just leave this section for the time being. Here is an index to that and the other sections of The Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol:

As has become a custom here in on the Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol, I’ve included this graphic to warn you / let you know where a post came from Dad in the Middle. I finally updated the graphic this month to match the new look of Dad in the Middle.

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

Last month, I started a new series in which we look at various tips that can be used in Large Group Teaching situations. The entire series can be found at this link. The following were the entries to the series this month.

Blog Series – Communicating With Children

This series by Michael Chanley over at looks at some tips on how to communicate with kids.

Blog Series – The Dynamics of a Small Group

Pudge Huckaby examines the personalities and challenges in leading a small group.

The Making of a GREAT Preschool Storyteller

  • This article offers six tips for telling stories to pre-school aged children. That said, many of the tips are applicable to storytelling at any age level.

Caution: Children Growing!

  • The Children’s Ministry Blog looks at how to gear your teaching towards the seven different learning styles in order to be most effective.

How to make kids smile

  • From Effective Children’s Ministry, this article looks at an acronym based on the word smile to help you improve communication skills.

Check It Out

Performance Skills 102 – Glorified Um’s

  • This guest post on Sam Luce’s blog was written by Funny Man Dan looks at the use of fillers (like “um”) in communication and what you can do about them.

Check It Out

Um…how to…er…stop using fillers

  • Sam Luce follows up on an earlier guest post on the use of fillers in speaking. He offers ten tips for avoiding the “Ums” in speaking.

Check It Out

Flannelgraph: a tool for today?

  • Based on an off-hand comment I made in the Forums asking whether or not anyone actually uses flannel graph anymore, Lin Pearson of Effective Children’s Ministry wrote this informative article on the pros and cons of flannel graph.

Classroom Conflict Management: It’s All in How You Drive

  • Karen Wingate from the “Inside the Classroom” blog examines your role in managing classroom conflict.

Attention-Getters for Children’s Ministry

  • Kristin Charles from offers five practical ideas for getting kids’ attention.

Check It Out

Preaching with the help of a mind map

  • I don’t know if I like this article because of how useful it is or just because it matches up with how I prepare my lessons. Regardless, Ryan Frank presents a great tool for preparing a sermon that I can attest will work well for children’s ministry lessons as well.

Common Sense Teacher’s Training

  • Tamera Kraft from Revival Fire for Kids offers some common sense reminders for those teaching kids.

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.

Check It Out

Blog Series – Dear kidmin curriculum publishers

Kenny Conley from offers his input to publishers of Children’s Ministry curriculum.

Blog Series – Power to Last

Jim Wideman is a fixture in the world of Children’s Ministry. He has been around for years helping others in the field, and in this series he looks at persevering.

Blog Series – What is Kidmin? is the new blog of Greg Baird. In his first series of posts, Greg examines what kidmin should be all about.

  • Part 1
  • Part 2
  • Part 3

Check It Out

Blog Series – 3 Things Pastors Need to Read

Dustin “Can I Buy A Vowel Please” Aagaard takes a look at three things every pastor should read. Number one won’t surprise you, but two and three are a little more out of the box. Though this series is not geared specifically towards those in Children’s Ministry, it is certainly true for us as well.

A Special Place: Ministry to Children

  • This article examines the importance of Children’s Ministry in a church.


  • I am a fan of Charles Spurgeon (to the extent that you can be a “fan” of a preacher). I appreciate his simplicity, straightforwardness and deep thought. That’s one of the reasons I am in the middle of a fairly lengthy synopsis of his book Come ‘Ye Children. This article examines a Spurgeon sermon on the importance of Children’s Ministry.

Policies and Procedures

  • This article from Emily Meredith offers some insight into the policies and procedures for the Children’s Ministry at North Point Church.

What If: Customized Curriculum Collaboration

  • Justyn Smith talks about curriculums and the ability to customize that curriculum.

The Importance of Packaging

  • James Kennison looks at the importance of packaging in Children’s Ministry. As he explains, “Packaging isn’t the most important part of children’s ministry… but it is an important part.”

Check It Out

10 Ways To Build An Effective Children’s Ministry Team

  • Tamera Kraft provides ten tips on building a Children’s Ministry. From communication to accountability, this article hits on foundational principles.

The Role of the Holy Spirit in the life of Child

  • Sam Luce examines the role of the Holy Spirit in a child’s life and wonders why it is largely ignored in Children’s Ministry.

101 Ways to Praise a Child

  • Here are 101 phrases you can use to praise a child. Pick a few and use them with your kids today!

What is the Holy Spirits Role in Children’s Ministry

  • Sam Luce looks at the building a children’s ministry on the power of the Holy Spirit.

The Tears of Ministry

  • Dale Hudson reminds us that work in Children’s Ministry sometimes includes grief and tears.

Iconic Values

  • I think Sam Luce is one of the most creative Kidmin people I’ve found on the internet. In this post he speaks to the value of icons in conveying the core attitudes of his children’s ministry, and yes he does provide pictures.

Check It Out

What’s This All Really Worth?

  • Jamie Doyle looks at the necessity of good stewardship when it comes to spending your ministry resources.

Texting Tuesday 2/17/10

  • Each Tuesday Take 2.0 ministries answers questions texted in on Sundays by their 4th through 6th graders. I highlighted this post for two reasons. First, I love the use of a technology that the kids are familiar with to interact with them. I applaud Take 2.0 to for staying on the cutting edge. More importantly though, I appreciate the fact that Take 2.0 is dedicated to drawing questions out of the kids they minister to.

Kids and parents from outside the church

  • How does your ministry deal with kids who have no family in the church?

Say it in the Children’s Sermon

  • This is a great article on how we, as adults, benefit from the Children’s Sermon.

A Children’s Pastor’s Most Important Mission

  • The most important thing we must do in Children’s Ministry has nothing directly to do with Children’s Ministry itself. This article reminds us that our first priority is being a follower of Christ.

Be Our Guest

  • This article includes tips on creating an inviting environment for guests.

Check It Out

Children’s Ministry Think Tank: Does God Call People to Children’s Ministry?

  • In this latest installment of’s Children’s Ministry Think Tank the likes of Gina McClain, Sam Luce, Kenny Conley, Brenna Phillips and yours truly answer questions related to the call into Children’s Ministry (and yes I feel l a little bit like a t-baller thrown into the starting lineup of the New York Yankees being part of this group!).

Making Disciples

  • This article offers useful advice on the process of making children into disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Children’s Ministry 101: Building a Team

  • Sam Luce shares his ideas about how to create a successful team.

Making Vision Stick

  • CM Buzz talks about the process of coming up with a new vision based on Andy Stanely’s book “Making Vision Stick.”

Equipping Parents – The Timing Factor

  • Gina McClain asks, “What do you give to parents who have just recently responded to the gospel to help them be spiritual leaders with their kids?”

Benefits and Pitfalls of Memorizing

  • Acacia in the Desert is quickly becoming one of my favorite blogs for discussions of Children’s Ministry theory. In this article they look at the benefits of scripture memorization.

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 – Leading When You’re Young

Last months, we started a series from 23 year old J.C. which looks at the leading others when you’re still young/ He continued that series this month (I went ahead and included the entries from the prior Blog Patrol as well.)

Blog Series – Learning 2 Lead

In this series, Pudge Huckaby shares what he is learning about leadership.

Blog Series – Build A Better Meeting

In this series, Amy Dolan from Lemon Lime Kids offers several tips for having a better and more productive meeting.

Confessions of a People-Pleaser

  • Anna Light looks at overcoming the urge to be a people pleaser.

Check It Out

Leadership | Lessons from the Iron Chefs

  • My wife loves the food channel. She watches it a lot, and her love for it has rubbed off on me and my kids. My 8 year old son knows chefs and ingredients that normal 8 year olds have never heard of. One of the shows we like to watch as a family is Iron Chef America. Whether you are a fan of the show or not, you will benefit from the five qualities of leadership which Dan Scott gleans from an episode of Iron Chef.

Developing Leaders: High Performance Teams

  • This article from the North Point Kids blog looks at how to develop leaders for your ministry team.

Leadership Nugget–Want to make a change?

  • This article from Free CM Stuff provides a pdf worksheet to help you initiate effective change.

Bible talks about leadership and delegation. We often misunderstand what delegation really is.

  • Todd McKeever reviews an article from Michael Hyatt of Thomas Nelson Publishers on understanding biblical leadership.

I Need this Today

  • Anna Light Ministries offers biblical words of encouragement.

Do You Want To Lead or Boss People?

  • Pete Wilson shares a quote which lays out the difference between a leader and a boss. If you’re in a position of leadership (or a boss), you should definitely check out this post.

Everything Orange

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.

Check It Out

Blog Series – Think Orange Group Blogging Project

Last month, we featured Orange week where a number of blogs spent a week digging into the different aspects of the Orange philosophy. This month, Elemental Children’s Ministry sponsored a group blogging project on the book Think Orange by Reggie Joiner. Elemental did a similar series on a book several months ago, and I’m hoping to get in on the next one planned for sometime in April.


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.

Check It Out

Why Parents of Young Children Should Serve in Children’s Ministry

  • Recruiting volunteers is a constant battle in many Children’s Ministries. This article offers number of practical reasons why parents should serve in Children’s Ministry.

Teenagers in your children’s ministry

  • Kenny Conley examines types of teenagers and how they can help you out in your Children’s Ministry.

Trusting Your Volunteers

  • Kenny Conley turned me on to this blog from Jared Masey who writes specifically for those who work in Children’s Ministries in smaller towns and churches. In this article, Jared examines the struggles and importance of learning to trust your volunteers.

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.

M is for Manuscript (Apologetics in Children’s Ministry)

  • Terry Delaney continues his look at the apologetics in Children’s Ministry.

Check It Out

“Once Upon a Time” Is Not An Appropriate Bible Story Beginning

  • I am passionate about the Bible and specifically about kids and the Bible. One of the things I spend a lot of time thinking about is how to make sure that we do not convey (explicitly or implicitly) the message to kids that Bible is similar to other fictional stories they read or hear. In this article from the Acacia in the Dessert Blog looks at appropriate introductions to Biblical stories taken from (where else?) the Bible.

Formational Apologetics

  • Henry Zonio from Elemental Children’s Ministry wrote an article for Children’s Ministry Magazine about what apologetics might look like for kids today. This article includes a link to the full Children’s Ministry Magazine article.

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.

Kids Transition from Liking God to Relationship With Him

  • In this article, Donna Perugini offers insight into how to transition kids from simply liking God to having a relationship with him.

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.


  • This is a listing of the top ten bestselling children’s books of all time.

Check It Out

8 Tips for Reading to Television-Jaded Preschoolers

  • This article is packed with eight practical tips for reading to preschoolers in order to keep their attention and interest.

Acceleration: Parenting in a Fast-moving World

  • The Logos ministry looks at parenting in the increasingly fast-paced culture that we live in.

More on Youngest Generation

  • Larry Shallenberger links to a USA Today article filled with information on the youngest generation.

Generation Z – The Homelander Generation

  • The Revival Fire for Kids Blog offers some interesting characteristics and data on the Z Generation born between 1999 and 2005. My middle two kids, and the kids in my room on Sunday fall into this generation. It was revealing to compare them to the information from this article.

Characteristics of the Homelander Generation

  • Tamera Kraft from The Revival Fire for Kids blog offers some interesting cultural information on the Homelander Generation.

Check It Out

Ministering To The Homelander Generation

  • In a follow-up to an earlier post, Tamera Kraft looks at ways to minister to the Homelander Generation.


  • apparently Blogging offers up this alarming statistic on tweens and alcohol.

“The Online Life of Kids”

  • CM Buzz looks at recent statistics regarding the amount of time kids spend online.

Characteristics of Children

  • The Children’s Minister Blog offers up this link to information from the Children’s Ministry Agency- Assemblies of God USA with information on how to approach kids with different types of personalities.

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.

Don’t Miss Out On This Kidmin Resource

  • This article is all about the great forums available at It is a resource that you will definitely want to check out!

1 Timothy 4:12 (Seeds Family Worship)

  • This is a great resource from Seeds Family Worship to help kids and adults memorize scripture.

Review of “What’s In the Bible”

  • In one of our last posts of the month, I provided a thorough review of Phil Vischer’s new endeavor called “What’s In The Bible.” You can find out what I thought of the video here.

Kid’s ministry Internet Resources in one place

  • Effective Children’s Ministry is quickly becoming one of my favorite blogs and resource sites on the internet. They were kind enough to link to last month’s Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol in this article. This article also introduced me to the phrase “Bumper Bundle.”

Check It Out

Books that every children’s pastor should read

  • Ryan Frank from K Magazine (can’t wait for the next issue by the way) provides a listing of 11 books every children’s pastor should have and read. The end result of this article for me is another trip to the book store!

Games that Grow a Kid’s Faith

  • Free CM Stuff offers up a link to Faith Incubators and their site called FaithInk games.

Free PowerPoint – more reasons to believe the Bible

  • Effective Children’s Ministry has added part 2 to their series on reasons to believe the Bible. You will definitely want to check out this PowerPoint presentation.

Thousands of Skits

  • Free CM Stuff offers up a link to Dramatix which is a site full of thousands of Christian skits.

Free PowerPoint: The structure of the Bible

  • Elsewhere in the Blog Patrol, we have featured posts from Effective Children’s Ministry which include PowerPoint presentations on the reliability of the Bible. In this third installment they tackle the structure of the Bible with an equally compelling presentation.

Daily Devotionals for Kids

  • The Free CM Stuff blog offers up a link to a site which offers daily devotionals for kids. You will definitely want to check this site out.

Book Review- Formational Children’s Ministry

  • Glen Woods offers up this review of the good points and concerns related to this recent book from Ivy Beckwith.

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.

Children’s Bible Lesson: You, Joseph, and Greatness

  • This lesson for 1st to 6th graders teaches kids to make use of what they have now rather than just dreaming about what they want to do when they get older. It is based on the story of Joseph.

LOVE ONE ANOTHER – Good Samaritan Bible Story Lesson

  • This lesson from Betty Benson Robertson teaches kids about biblical love based on the story of the good Samaritan.

God is Love: A Lesson Plan for Preschoolers

  • This lesson plan from teaches preschoolers aged 3-5 to develop a love for God’s Word.

13 Lessons on Hebrews

  • Free CM Stuff links to these 13 free lessons from the Book of Hebrews presented by Dick Gruber and Jason Rhode who host the Children’s Ministry Talk podcast.

Extensive Lessons

  • Free CM Stuff offers a link to a collection of Old and New Testament lessons from Calvary Chapel.

Web Wednesday

  • A Heart After Children links to a website with a multitude of Sunday School lessons and resources.

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.

Family Focused Environments

  • This article from North Point Kids talks about how they create a shared family experience.

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.

Parenting Tip: Understanding Attitudes and How to Change Them

  • Cap City Kidz offers insight into the three components of a child’s attitude. It also offers advice to parents on what they can do to change those attitudes.

Check It Out

Parents, be dull—it’s key to your children developing their imaginations.

  • The 22 Words blog explains how being a dull parent is good for their development.

On shouting for silence

  • As a parent, I have to plead guilty on this one!

3 Creative Ways to Play with Your Kids

  • Trevin Wax offers 3 unique ways to play with your kids. If you’re looking for something new to do with your kids, make sure you check this out.

Check It Out

5 Steps to developing a child’s work ethic!

  • This post from CMConnect offers five steps that we must go through in order to instill a work ethic in our kids.

How to Listen to Your Children Biblically

  • Jay Younts explores the importance and art of listening to your kids.

Check It Out

God Wants You to Give Up

  • Justin Taylor looks at how God uses the institution of marriage in our sanctification based on the book What Did You Expect? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage by Paul Tripp.

Marriage Builders

  • This article by Susan Alexander Yates offers six tips for strengthening your marriage during the parenting years.

Practical Parenting Tips: Why Do You Do What’s Right?

  • Cap City Kidz helps parents to use their children’s conscience in raising kids.

Parenting Tip: The Conscience Needs Training

  • Cap City Kidz offers advice to parents on how to develop the conscience of their children.

What can distract us from a biblical vision for our family?

  • Jared Kennedy looks at some common goals we have for our kids that can easily become idols if we are not careful.

Drive Time Tip #2

  • This articles wonders if you are pushing your kids towards average or above-average.

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.

The Curse of Being Smarter Than Everyone Else

  • I enjoyed this look at the lighter side of Biblical love so I thought I would post it here.

101 Writing Tips

  • As someone who enjoys writing, I found this article very useful.

How to Read a Non-Fiction Book

  • Michael Hyatt offers ten tips for reading non-fiction books. Since non-fiction makes up 99% of what I read, I found this article fascinating.

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

Fish Image courtesy of


  1. Wow! Wayne, thanks for flagging up our content. One thing Catherine and I are learning about is the generosity of spirit in the kidmin community. We support and draw inspiration from each other.

    Oh, and by the way, this post must be the "bumperist bundle" I have ever seen!! We do appreciate your diligence in sourcing these references. You do the hard work for us all to benefit.
    My recent post How to keep kids coming back

  2. I want to say a huge thank you to you for featuring my blog and the post about stewardship. I appreciate all you do and the fact that you are willing to search the endless blogs of all things kidmin and give the world the stuff you find helpful.
    My recent post What’s This All Really Worth?

  3. How in the world did you find me? Thank you for linking to my blog. I've been in Children's Ministry over 30 years and never was so hooked in with so many other kidmin teachers! The closest I came to this was doing Teacher Banquets once a month to reach other teachers in four states in the US. We taught the teachers and then we all shared the 'latest-greates' ideas for ministry tools. Out of those 30 years, I authored 4 children's books and am re-issuing them now. If you do book reviews, I'd love to send you copies! I could have really used this site 30 years ago!!