KIDMIN BOOKS – books listed are ones I have read and would recommend:
“Kidmin Nation Manifesto: The Values, Culture, and Mandate of the Nation” – by Ryan Frank & other Kidmin leaders/authors/speakers.
Ministry resource books:
“Hearts, Brains, & Growing Pains: Terrific Teaching that Changes You & Your Kids”– by Lois Keffer & Godprints Team (could not find link).
KIDMIN CAMPS (those I am familiar with & would recommend):
“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.
“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.
“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.
“High Voltage Kids” – “elementary curriculum that is fun, is biblical, and it works”; by pastor, author, & conference speaker, Brian Dollar.
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.
“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”.
“Kidzmatter Magazine” – (previously known as “K” Magazine); published by pastor, author, speaker, & Kidmin advocate, Ryan Frank & his wife, Beth.
“Kids Ministry 101” free magazine – published by “Lifeway – Jana MacGruder and the Lifeway Kids’ Team”.
KIDMIN NETWORK GROUPS:
“International Network of Children’s Ministry” – “serving leaders who champion the discipleship of kids and families”; articles, training, conferences, certification, etc.
“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.
“Kids’ Sunday School Place” – free and membership access for lessons, crafts, games, skits, & activities.
“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”.
“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”.