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Book Review: The Formula for Building Great Volunteer Teams

September 5, 2017
Volunteer Teams Book

Have you read The Formula for Building Great Volunteer Teams? This book has moved into the position of “Top 5 Must Have” books for Kids Ministry.  It is LOADED with information.

My friend Dale Hudson is the author of this amazing book.  This guy has tons of Kids Ministry Experience and really knows his stuff when it comes to kids, volunteers, recruiting, training and motivating.  His blog is loaded with resources and ideas on many different kids ministry related topics.  He has a humble spirit and an amazing servant’s heart.  I have visited the church many times where he was on staff as the Kids Ministry Director and my kids loved being in the kids program there.  He is an international conference speaker and trainer, and I have learned so much from this guy and his experience.  He is the author of several kids ministry books, and his most recent, The Formula for Building Great Volunteer Teams is one of my favourites. Continue Reading

Books Leadership

Top 10 books on my need to read list

August 21, 2014

Good Kids Ministry leaders always read.  They keep a list of books that they need to read to help them grow in leadership skills, or in specific areas of kids ministry.  I find that my schedule is usually fairly packed, so to try to find time to read needs to be intentional.  Continue Reading

Books Leadership

My top 10 leadership books

August 20, 2014
top 10 leadership books

Leadership is one of the most important areas that a Kids Ministry Leader can focus on.  Good teams rise and fall on leadership. I think leaders should always be learning when it comes to leadership and I have put together a list of my top 10 leadership books.

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Books Kids with Special Needs

A Bible for kids with Autism

July 31, 2014


When I was at CPC2014 in Orlando I had the opportunity to meet Sergio Cariello.  He is the guy who illustrated The Action Bible.

What I love about this Bible, is that it is a Graphic Novel.  It is also full color & the pages are glossy paper.  My son who has autism has some sensory challenges and he doesn’t like to touch most paper.  However, because The Action Bible is made with glossy paper, the texture does not bother him.

The Action Bible makes a great option for kids who have  challenges reading.   It’s graphic novel style helps tell the stories of the Bible in a way that speaks to their learning style.  It’s also a great option for children who have sensory issues because of the glossy pages.

What resources do you use in your children’s ministry to help kids with special needs?

Books Leadership Motivating Volunteers Recruiting Ideas

Simply Strategic Volunteers

June 11, 2014


If you lead a team of volunteers, this is a must read book for you.  It’s loaded with 99 chapters that are all 1-2 pages each.

This blog post would be extremely long if I were to list all 99 topics, so I have chosen a few to highlight:

Teach Shoulder Tapping – if pastors are solely responsible for finding volunteers, growth will be limited.

If You Don’t Need a Volunteer, You’re in Trouble – Is your vision too small?

Quality Attracts Quality – If your team is known for quality, then those who value quality will be attracted to your team.

Master the Art of Celebration – Quality celebrations are key to good leadership.

You Grow at the Edges – New people reach new people.

You Can’t Steer a Parked Car – Forward direction and momentum are required to make good decisions about ministry effectiveness.

Helping High-Capacity People – Help them find the place where they will have the most effectiveness.

If you do not already have this book on your shelf, then add it to your list of books to purchase.  You’ll be glad you did.

Books My Favourite Kids Ministry Leaders Training Volunteers

This is a Must-Have Book for Sunday School Teachers

June 10, 2014


This book is on my top 10 for favorite Kids Ministry books!  It’s loaded with ideas.  Aaron Reynolds is a creative writer and story teller, and he shares his experience in this book so that people can do a better job of bringing the Bible to life through story telling.  It’s a must have on your Kids Ministry book shelf.  Here’s a breakdown of the table of contents:

Creating an Atmosphere of Excellence – memorizing, practicing, and evaluating

Fabulous Techniques for Transformational Teaching – a bunch of great stuff in this section

Power Tools of Creativity – 20 Ways to Teach the Bible Creatively

Teaching Evaluation Form – a sample form to evaluate your teaching

Personal Development Plan for Teachers – a tool to help teachers grow

A Training Guide for Ministry Leaders – How to use the book to train your teachers


Books Disney & Kids Ministry

Customer Service – Lessons from Be Our Guest

June 9, 2014
Be Our Guest

In North America, Customer Service is what determines if a business is excellent or not.  It determines if a customer would return to that business or not.  As families consider attending a church, the ‘customer service’ at that church could be the deciding factor if they return or not.  Be Our Guest is loaded with ideas that can be transferred to customer service in Kids Ministry.

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