Kidmin resources

KIDMIN ARTICLES:

“Aim Lower, Think Smaller!” – by Linda Mei Lin Koh in 2017.

“Atheism Doubles Among Generation Z” – by Barna Research Group in 2018.

“Design Your Master Plan: A Step-by-Step Children’s Ministry Blueprint” – by Discipleland.

“Don’t Neglect the 4–14 Window of Children’s Ministry” – by

“Engaging a Heart for mission to children” – by  Linda Mei Lin Koh in 2015.

“Evangelism Is Most Effective Among Kids”by Barna Research Group in 2004.

“Five Reasons why the Children’s Minister Staff Position is in the Greatest Demand” – by Thomas S. Rainer: Growing Healthy Churches Together in 2018.

“Five Steps to Effective Ministry”by Discipleland blog in 2012.

“How a Biblical Worldview Shapes the Way We Teach Our Children” – by Discipleland blog in 2018.

“Point Parents Toward Biblical Success” – by Dale Hudson, founder of “Building Children’s Ministry”.

“Servant leadership…the best way to lead” – by Dale Hudson of “Relevant Children’s Ministry”.

“Training Tomorrow’s Leaders Today” – by Dale Hudson, founder of “Building Children’s Ministry”.

KIDMIN BOOKS – books listed are ones I have read and would recommend:

Equipping / vision books:













Ministry resource books:

“The Big Book of Bible …” – by “Standard Publishing” (now with “David C. Cook” ); different books with skits, crafts, coloring pages (sample image for early childhood), activity pages, elementary games/fun facts/puzzles, etc.

Teaching books:






KIDMIN CAMPS (those I am familiar with & would recommend):

Please give credit to Andy at “Christian Camp Pro” for compiling a comprehensive free list of U.S. camps, retreat centers, and resources.  Search on his site for camps and scroll down on page for camps listed by state (ie., here’s the list for California).

“Angeles Crest Christian Camp” in mountains between Palmdale & La Canada; great staff; offers 3rd – 6th grade winter camp, summer camp, & summer weekend camp; also offers Science & Outdoor Education; also offers junior high & high school camps.

“Forest Home” in southern California offers winter camp for 3rd-6th grade and summer camp for 3rd-4th and 5th-6th grades; also offers junior high, high school & family camps.

“Hartland Christian Camp” in Central California; offers winter & summer camps for 4th-6th grade; also offers junior high, high school, & family camps; snack shop has awesome shakes!

“Hume Lake Christian Camp” in Central California; offers summer camp for 3rd-6th grade; also offers junior high, high school, & family camps.

“Jenness Park” in Northern California; offers summer camp for 4th – 6th grade; also offers junior high, high school, & family camps.

“Life Camp” at Lopez Lake on Central Coast of California; offers summer discipleship camp for 3rd – 8th grade; also offers high school summer camp.

“Thousand Pines” on Big Bear Mountain in Southern California; offers winter & summer camps for 4th – 6th grade; also offers junior high, high school, & family camps.

KIDMIN CURRICULUM:

“Answers for Kids” – 5 minute trailer explains curriculum from Answers in Genesis; goes through the Bible chronologically in 3 years for all ages; print format.


“Answers for Kids Bible Curriculum” (can also be used as a Bible study at home or church) – by Ken Ham and Stacey McKeever; combined 3 popular teachings (Beginnings, Seven C’s of History, and Questions) into an all-in-one 30-lesson course designed to strengthen kids’ biblical foundation with an apologetic focus; student handout sets.


“Better Bible Teachers”“Mega-list of 64 Sunday Sunday School Curriculum providers and what you can expect for each one of them”.

“Calvary Curriculum” – membership access for activity sheets, lesson outlines, and coloring sheets for whole Bible; also offers training, etc.


”David C. Cook” – now offers multiple formats and names, including “Standard Publishing”,“Gospel Light”“Tru”, etc.; print format (Tru is downloadable format).


“Discipleland”different teaching formats available (large group/small group, classroom, etc.); print format.


“Explore the Bible: Kids” goes through the Bible in 3 years, using context for better understanding; Jesus is revealed throughout lessons; print or downloadable formats.

“Group Publishing” kids’ ministry curriculum; scroll down page to see different ones offered.


“High Voltage Kids” – “elementary curriculum that is fun, is biblical, and it works”; by pastor, author, & conference speaker, Brian Dollar.

“Kid Want Answers” – trailer for “Shipwrecked”, one of their series of 3-7 week downloadable curriculum for kids; authors also created “David” video game.

Kids 4 Truth Clubs“Systematic theology for kids that teaches Bible doctrine. Apologetics for kids!”; membership access; Equip U, a free resource library of children’s ministry resources.

“The Gospel Project” – goes through the Bible chronologically in 3 years; Jesus is revealed throughout lessons; print or downloadable formats.

“What’s in the Bible with Buck Denver” – 1 year curriculum overview of the whole Bible, book by book; by creator of Veggie Tales, Phil Vischer; available through “Jelly Telly”; families can also get DVDs from “Jelly Telly”; the book of Job taught as poetry, but the rest is solid doctrine and kids respond well to it.

KIDMIN EVENTS:

“FamBlitz LIVE” “a 1 hour and 20 minute crowd participation show that we bring to your venue. With the theme of inspiring families to think like a team, parents and kids participate on stage and from their seats in a variety of games and challenges. A Biblical message is woven in throughout games and crowd challenges with no dedicated preaching time”.

“Kidz Blitz LIVE” – “targets the elementary age kids while engaging people of all ages. With a message woven into the action, kids learn while playing. Conducting 100+ events per year from coast to coast, Kidz Blitz the most sought-after, events for churches in America”.

KIDMIN MAGAZINES:

“Kidzmatter Magazine” – (previously known as “K” Magazine); published by pastor, author, speaker, & Kidmin advocate, Ryan Frank & his wife, Beth.


KIDMIN NETWORK GROUPS:


CM Connect”offers Facebook page (“Children’s Ministry Connect” above), conferences, journal, etc. for Kidmin leaders.


“International Network of Children’s Ministry”“serving leaders who champion the discipleship of kids and families”; articles, training, conferences, certification, etc.


“Kidmin Nation” – membership for Kidmin leaders through Kidmin Nation 365 yearlong conference; Facebook group; offers Kidmin Mega Con annual training; same leaders offer “Kidmin Academy”, a 1 year certificated training program for Kidmin leaders.


“The Ministry Network Group” – private Facebook network group for Kidmin leaders; also helps leaders find other local leaders to connect with or help leaders create a local network group. 

KIDMIN RESOURCES / WEBSITES:

“All Free Kids Crafts” – secular site with all things crafts; includes tutorial videos for kids, costumes, and much more.

“Building Children’s Ministry: building leaders, ministries, teams”– by Dale Hudson; “to help churches build thriving, growing children and family ministries” with excellent articles, resources, speaking, and training. “Dale’s heart is to serve leaders in the local church and help them build a great ministry for God’s glory”.

”Childrens Ministry” – articles on ministry and leadership; teaching tips, crafts, games, activities, outreach ideas for all age groups.

“Christian Tools of Affirmation (CTA)” – great resource for volunteer appreciation, kids’ holiday gifts, & more.


“Danielle’s Place”– free and membership access for lessons, crafts, games, & activities; geared to younger kids.

“Deeper Kidmin” – online resource with “innovative thoughts and practical resources for KidMin leaders to use in their ministries and for parents to use at home”; founded by Brittany, former children’s, youth, & college ministry leader.

“Hendrickson/Rose Publishing” – now Hendrickson Rose Publishing; laminated pamphlets, maps, charts, & posters on numerous topics.

“Kid Nation” – membership site for Kidmin leaders; curriculum, graphics, forms, room transformations, skits, countdowns, discounts on resources, & more.

“Kidology” – membership site founded by “Kidologist”, Karl Bastian; non-profit organization providing “help, ideas, training, and resources that enable them [Kidmin leaders] to most effectively reach and teach kids”.


“Kids’ Sunday School Place” – free and membership access for lessons, crafts, games, skits, & activities.

“Kidzmatter.com”publishing company for church leaders with magazine, articles, books, training, & more, by Ryan and Beth Frank, who “have launched some really amazing programs together like Kidmin Academy, Kidmin Nation, Mega-Con, and the Sam Chand Leadership Institute…”

“Ministry to Children: practical help for telling children about Jesus”– offers articles, lessons, crafts, activities, teaching tips, leadership, outreach, and more; email subscription offered; founder & editor is Tony Krummer, former pastor of children’s ministry.


“Oriental Trading” – secular inexpensive resource site with Christian prizes, craft kits & supplies, decorations, and more.


“Pinterest” – membership access; secular site, but offers multitude of Christian ideas, crafts, and other resources.

“Relevant Children’s Ministry: Fresh Ideas, Insight and Content for Children’s & Family Ministry Leaders” – by Dale Hudson: articles, resources, training, coaching & more; main site is: “Building Children’s Ministry: building leaders, ministries, teams”.

“Teach 4 the Heart” – site to provide “ideas and inspiration you need to overcome your teaching challenges & make a lasting difference in your students’ hearts and lives”. 

KIDMIN VIDEOS:

“Incredible Creatures that Defy Evolution I, II, & III” – DVDs by Dr. Jobe Martin, with “Exploration Films”. ; animal videos showing unique creation of each one; I highly recommend these for ministry and families.

“THEO” series trailer for 1st 3 of DVD series (now 5) – “through fun and engaging storytelling, Theo teaches children God’s word and how they ought to live in light of it”; takes children (and adults) through a careful study of systematic theology with humor & engaging animation; 30 minute titles include “God’s Love”, “God’s Grace”, “God’s Heart”, “God’s Truth”, & “God’s Desire”; series was “the dream of a cartoonist [Michael Joens], called to teach the Word has come true”; can be purchased as a set from “theopresents.com”.

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