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.
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?
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, 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.
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
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.