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.
Look what came in the mail today! I love reading books on leadership, especially ones that are related to Disney. I am always looking for ideas on how to decrease volunteer turnover, and I think this book will help.
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.
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.
Here are some of my favourite Kids Ministry books. I have read each of them and they have had a big influence in how I do Kids Ministry:
When I was at CPC2014 in Orlando I had the opportunity to meet Sergio Cariello. He is the guy who illustrated The Action Bible. He has also done work for Marvel Comics and DC Comics. He has illustrated the Action Bible in a comic book style. The pages of this Bible are glossy. Because of the style and texture of this book, it makes for an excellent Bible for kids with Autism.
I have started reading this book. Disney U. It’s loaded with great information. Disney believes that if they treat their employees (aka Cast Members) well, then they will in turn treat their customers (aka guests) well. When it comes to training volunteers, I think we can learn a few things from Doug Lipp’s book.
If you lead a team of volunteers, Simply Strategic Volunteers is a must read book for you. It’s loaded with 99 chapters that are all 1-2 pages each. This allows you to read a few chapters at a time, and it is loaded with great information.
The Fabulous Reinvention of Sunday School 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.
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.