KIDS PASTOR & LEADER RESOURCES
If you are a Kids pastor or leader below are some books, resources, curriculum options, leadership development and more!!
Books (Leadership Development)
It's Just a PhasE : so don't miss it
by reggie Joiner & kristen ivy
Every church knows that kids matter.
A better question is, does your church act like every kid matters at every phase?
A phase is a timeframe in kids' lives when you can leverage distinctive opportunities to influence their future. That means the whining infant, the dramatic fifth grader, and the stressed-out tenth grader are not just going through a phase that should be wished away. Instead, they are transitioning through a critical phase that you are called to discover, celebrate, and navigate strategically with them.
Relational Children's Ministry: Turning Kid-Influencers Into Lifelong Disciple Makers
by Dan Lovaglia
Children’s ministry has the power to change the lives of kids and families. Unfortunately, it’s not always clear that the work a person does with kids is really making a lasting difference. Ask children’s ministry leaders and kid-influencers if they are making the impact on children’s lives as they had hoped and most likely the responses will be mixed. And for good reason. Research over the past decade has revealed an alarming lack of long-term growth in the faith community as children progress through student ministries into adulthood.
Children's Ministry Volunteers That Stick
by Jim Wideman
It's tough to recruit volunteers--so hang on to those you've got! You'll keep volunteers longer and keep them happier by giving them more than just a volunteer job. Instead, give them a volunteer career. Help them become leaders as well as volunteers! Here's everything you need to know to get your volunteers in the right job, then help them to grow in their skills and enthusiasm. Jim Wideman offers practical strategies for any size church. Learn the secrets of retention, and ideas that really work...instill proven leadership skills...and grow your church volunteers to be happy, inspired, and in it for the long haul.
A New Kind of Leader: What You Believe Can Open a Door for a Kid or Teenager's Future
by reggie joiner
You probably have a short list of people who impacted you during your childhood and teenage years. When those individuals intersected with your world, they became a new kind of leader for you.
A New Kind of Leader, by Reggie Joiner, explores seven beliefs and practical applications that will cause you to reimagine how you influence the next generation.
Because when you hold the door open for a kid, you hold the door open for the future.
Life Church Open Resources (FREE)
Life Church has an online platform where you can find sermon series, teaching scripts, graphics, and more for your kids ministry. Everything is online and is FREE!
First look | Orange Pre-k curriculum
(Paid subscriptions available)
First Look is a Pre-K curriculum that gives you access to a yearly scope for teaching, resources for parents, graphics, videos and much more! Check the yearly prices for what your ministry would need access to today.
252 kids | orange elementary curriculum
(paid subscriptions available)
252 Kids is an elementary curriculum that gives you access to a yearly scope for teaching, resources for parents, graphics, videos and much more! Check the yearly prices for what your ministry would need access to today.
For the Kids
The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden
by Kevin DeYoung
The Bible is full of exciting stories that fill children with awe and wonder. But kids need to know how all those classic stories connect to Scripture’s overarching message about God’s glorious plan to redeem his rebellious people.
In The Biggest Story, Kevin DeYoung—a best-selling author and father of six—leads kids and parents alike on an exciting journey through the Bible, connecting the dots from the garden of Eden to Christ's death on the cross to the new heaven and new earth.
With powerful illustrations by award-winning artist Don Clark, this imaginative retelling of the Bible’s core message—how the Snake Crusher brings us back to the garden—will draw children into the biblical story, teaching them that God's promises are even bigger and better than we think.
Love Is: A 4 Week Devotional Experience For Kids
This four-week devotional is for kids like you who want to know how to live like Jesus. Each week, you will learn ways to apply this verse to your daily life:
And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and grew in favor with God and people. – Luke 2:52
Because, just like Jesus, we want you to grow up with
WISDOM, FAITH AND FRIENDSHIPS.
And those three things all come down to understanding one big word:
Amped - Live Fully Alive: A 9-Week Devotional Experience for Kids
There are two ways to do life:
You can exist. Or you can really live.
The first way is sort of unavoidable. You breathe in and out. You eat and drink when you need to. You sleep when the sun goes down and wake up each morning.
But the second–really living–is a choice that takes confidence. It means really believing what God says is true so you can make not only good choices, but the best choices. So you can live fully alive.
So . . . what does God say?
And what are you supposed to do about it?
That's what this book is about.