Posts Tagged "Children’s Ministry Resources"

Collaborate: Join the Discussion

CollaborateA while back, I wrote a series of posts representing my review of the book Collaborate: Family + Church by Michael Chanley and the Group of 34.  Those posts included:

In that review, I wrote:

“The list of authors of this book reads like a who’s who of children’s ministry in the world today, and though I know that many of them would humbly object to such a title, these really are the cream of the crop in terms of role models and visionaries in children’s ministry.  The articles offer a plethora of thought provoking ideas, practical advice, and convicting insights.”

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Volunteer and Bivocational Children’s Ministry

The purpose of this article is to introduce an exciting new resource for those of us who volunteer in children’s ministry or work in a capacity as a bivocational children’s minister.  Before I introduce you to the resource though, I want to tell you a little bit about why I started it and what I hope we can accomplish through it.

I have been blogging (well, blogging regularly) for a little over a year now.  In that time, my blog has changed names once and locations twice, the focus of the blog has shifted from more general articles to primarily reflecting my passion for working in children’s ministry, and I have started to contribute articles to in addition to maintaining this blog.  Perhaps that is part of the reason that there seems to be some confusion about what I do.  When people ask me that age old question “What do you do?” I tell them that I work with kids because that is where my passion is.  In all actuality though, that is not my full-time profession.  I am volunteer in our church’s children’s ministry.  During the week, I work full time (sometimes a little bit more) at my other job.  For forty-plus house a week, I am a partner in a small CPA firm that specializes in litigation support, forensic accounting and business valuations.  Like so many who work in children’s ministry, the time I get to spend on children’s ministry is relegated to nights and weekends.  I sometimes think that if God had called me earlier in my life, he may have called me to full time ministry to children and families, but he did not.  He may still call me that at some point in the future, but for now I am exactly where he put me.

I am not alone.  I have learned a number of thing from the last year of blogging and networking with other children’s ministry minded individuals on the internet.  First, they are a very generous and open group of individuals who are willing to share their experience and ideas with almost anyone.  Secondly, while there are a large number of full time children’s pastors who are passionately devoted to children’s ministry, there is also an extremely large group of volunteers and unpaid children’s ministers.  This group includes volunteers, bivocational children’s pastors and those dedicated to more than one ministry within the church including children’s ministries.  Though not full-time, and oftentimes unpaid, their passion for children is second to none.  This is the group that I fall into.

As a group, we share some things in common.  While our passion for children’s ministry is as strong as anyone, the time we have available to prepare for and minister to kids is limited.  Many of us have trouble attending conferences and doing in-person networking because of time limitations and constraints imposed by our other jobs.  We often feel torn between our God given calling to work with kids and the other things which we must get done.  To that end, I felt it was appropriate to start a place when such individuals can gather, network with one another, share ideas, share concerns and generally sharpen one another.

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The Children's Ministry Blog Patrol (July 2009)

Childrens Ministry Blog PatrolWelcome to the unveiling of the new format for the Blog Patrol. What started as a weekly feature summarizing some of the best articles from the Christian Blogosphere has morphed into a monthly feature focused on Children’s Ministry. Thus, you will note the new name (The Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol) and the new graphic.

I haven’t worked out all of the particulars about how this might look each month, but I hope you will find the articles linked to in this feature useful. In addition to articles directly related to Children’s Ministry, this blog will also feature more general articles on children and parenting from a Christian perspective. I haven’t set a schedule in stone yet, but I’m hoping to publish each month’s blog patrol on the first Tuesday of the month.

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

Blog Series

Many articles are published as series. This sections of the Blog Patrol is dedicated to such series from the prior month.

Group Review of Too Small To Ignore

In a significant group blogging project over at Elemental Children’s Ministry, a series of authors offered a chapter-by-chapter review of the book Too Small To Ignore by Wess Stafford. I haven’t had a chance to read the book yet, but I appreciate these summaries. Enjoy

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