Too Small To Ignore: Why the Least of These Matters Most by Dr Wes Stafford

The leader of Compassion International shares his inspiring boyhood adventures, growing up in an African village.  He challenges us all to change the world one child at a time.

Too small to ignore

 

Children and the Gospel by Ron Buckland

A dangerous read!  It provides a careful, comprehensive and theological underpinning of kids’ ministry.  The second half includes 20 principles that lead to excellence, which is a great checklist for you and your team.

Children and the Gospel

 

Transforming Children into Spiritual Champions: Why Children Should Be Your Church’s #1 Priority by George Barna

This is a must read for parents and church leaders, as well as children’s ministry leaders.  It’s a good one to pass around to those who don’t understand why you are so passionate about kids’ ministry.

Transforming Children and Spiritual Champions

 

Postmodern Children’s Ministry by Ivy Beckwith

This book offers a vision that meets children – preteen and younger – where they are and gives them the tools to sustain their faith into adulthood. It examines the cultural impact of post-modernism on the church and offers ideas that will keep children engaged today while preparing them for the challenges of tomorrow.

 

Postmodern Children's Ministry

 

Piece by Piece: Unlocking the Puzzle for an Effective Ministry to Today’s Children by Tammy Tolman

For too long children’s ministry training has been more about “how to tell a great story” or “how to deal with problem behaviour” and not enough about piecing together some very key foundations.  This book explores these vital issues in order for you to become more effective in your local ministry.

Piece by Piece

 

Lost In Transition…or Not? by David C. Goodwin

This is an attractive coffee table book outlining recent Australian research into why 50% of kids leave church in their teens and never come back.  It gives 30 recommendations to help churches fold kids into church life so they want to stay.

Lost in Transition

 

Dreaming of More for the Next Generation by Michelle Anthony

This book includes practical ways to equip parents to partner with the church in faith formation, inspiration and ideas for incorporating remembrance and celebration, creative ways to motivate children and teenagers to step out of their comfort zones and rely on the Holy Spirit, and insight into how God uses each person’s life as part of a unique story that is told throughout the generations.

Dreaming of More

 

Children Matter by Scottie May, Beth Posterski, Catherine Stonehouse & Linda Cannell

Children today are no longer expected to be “seen and not heard,” yet in many churches children are involved only in programs specifically designated for them.  Children Matter offers a full discussion of children’s spirituality and shows how the faith community can better nurture its youngest members.

Children Matter

 

Collide by Tammy Tolman

Ministry to children within a healthy intergenerational community can be incredibly transformational, not only to the child, but also the family and the wider community, and challenges the environment in which we raise our children.

Collide

What Your Church Needs to Know About Parents’ Secret Life in Children’s Ministry Magazine

Gets to the heart of parents’ real-life hopes, heartaches and questions

 

Connecting With Urban Community

This article will help you think through positioning your church for maximum impact in your community.

The KidsCan Pack by Baptist Churches NSW & ACT

This pack is designed to change kids’ ministry leaders’ focus from teaching kids about the faith, to helping them participate in ministering and service right now, while they are young.