“Five Reasons why the Children’s Minister Staff Position is in the Greatest Demand” – by Thomas S. Rainer: “Growing Healthy Churches Together”.
“How Sunday Schools Are Raising the Next Generation of Secular Humanists” – by Natasha Crain, author and founder of “Christian Mom Thoughts” blog.
“How to Minister to Solo Parents and Their Kids: Your church can be the hands and feet of Jesus by coming alongside solo parents with support and encouragement” – by Jenny Funderburke Smith for “Ministry Spark”, valuable free content from “David C. Cook”.
“How to Really Minister to Kids Affected by Divorce: Divorce is not something kids ‘get over’, but your ministry can be a place of understanding, security, and safety when kids’ lives are in turmoil” – by Jenny Funderburke Smith for “Ministry Spark”, valuable free content from “David C. Cook”.
BOOK FAIR & BOOK RESOURCES:
“MudHenMama Books” – “affirming biblical conviction with quality children’s books and other resources for homeschool groups, Christian schools, & families. These books will affirm your convictions to your children and teach them incredible, interesting, and fun stories they will remember.” Are you looking for a wholesome alternative to Scholastic books for PK-5th grade? Look no further!”; offers on-line book fairs, books by grade level, other merchandise, life posts, recipes, & more; founded by Michelle, mom of nine; “For people who want to be affirmed in their biblical convictions and establish those convictions with their children.”.
KIDMIN BOOKS – books listed are ones I have read and would recommend:
“Don’t Quit: The Best Things in Ministry Come Over Time” – by Jessica Bealer of “Generis” and Children’s Ministry Director, Gina McClain.
“Kidmin Nation Manifesto: The Values, Culture, and Mandate of the Nation” – by Ryan Frank & other Kidmin leaders/authors/speakers.
“Raise Your GPA: God’s Way to Win @ School & Life” – by Jonathan Banks, founder of “Raise Your GPA”.
“Resilient: Child Discipleship and the Fearless Future of the Church” by Valerie Bell, CEO of “AWANA”, and Matt Markins, Chief Strategy Officer of “AWANA”.
Ministry resource books:
“Sea Kids” book series (image of “I’m Not Afraid”) – “Sea Kids help kids to build a relationship with Jesus and others. Join the Sea Kids in fun adventures about respect, sharing and teamwork”; by author & Bible professor, Lee Ann Mancini, founder of “GLM Publishing”. also have Facebook page, DVD, and “Sea Kids TV.
“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; offers other camps in different locations.
“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 of “Answers in Genesis” (AIG); 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.
“D6”: “A Family Aligned Curriculum for Every Generation based on the principles of Deuteronomy 6:5-9 – love God, love His Word, and teach your children to do the same”.
“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.
“Mad About Jesus Laboratories” – offers exciting, fascinating, and memorable scientifically based object lessons to teach biblical truths to children”.
“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” – trailer for 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”.
“Bible Games Central” – “We believe that Games, when designed and executed purposefully, are an excellent tool for teaching Biblical truths”; offers free games for kids, youth, & adults; search by topic or by Bible passage; each game comes with Bible learning points, recommended scripture passages, & discussion questions.
“Bible Memory Game” – “each Bible Memory Game set contains 2 decks of bridge sized cards with 2 different colored backs: blue and red. Each deck has 66 cards that are beautifully illustrated to reflect the contents of each of the 66 books of the Bible. The color bar at the bottom of each card indicates which section of the Bible it belongs to”; from “Bible Games Central”.
“Bible Bingo” – “simple and fun game that also helps players become more familiar with the Bible. The Bingo cards you find in this game are specially designed to correspond to how the Bible is organized. They are divided into distinct, colored sections which match the sections of the Bible”; from “Bible Games Central”.
“Parable Parade” – “players must collect complete sets of Parable Cards. You can draw as many cards as you like, but be careful. Draw an Oopsie! Card and you will pay the price! Will you be bold and fearless? Or will you be conservative and cautious?Collect the Cards. Complete the Story. Capture the Point. Watch the video to learn how to play; from “Bible Games Central”.
KIDMIN HOLIDAY RESOURCES: (in process)
“Christmas Resource Pack” – from “Children’s Ministry Deals”; temporary free downloads include “Candy Cane Christmas 4-Week Curriculum, Nativity Coloring Page, 10 Christmas Minute To Win It Games, Christmas Tree Coloring Page, Christmas Object Lessons, Candy Cane Coloring Page, Christmas Bingo, Christmas Seek & Find, & more!”
“The Story of Christmas Minute To Win It Games” – by “Bible Games Central”; “This special collection of low-prep Minute To Win It games helps you share the true story of Christmas in a fun and memorable way. Each of the six games here is linked to a part of the Biblical Christmas story. This allows you to tell the story of Christmas as you introduce each game.”
“C.S.I. Jerusalem“ 4-wk Easter curriculum kit – by “River’s Edge Curriculum”; “through fun, hands-on forensics science activities, explore the events surrounding Jesus’ death and resurrection. Investigate the lives of those who knew him well and their reactions to the events”; also available through “Kidology”.
“Easter Games and Activities” – by “Bible Games Central”; offers “10 Fun and Creative Easter Egg Hunt Ideas”, “Easter Minute To Win It Games”, “Easter Games and Activities for Kids”, “Adult Easter Egg Hunts”, “Resurrection Eggs”, “Easter Word Search”, “Easter Scavenger Hunts or Easter Treasure Hunt”, “Easter Bingo”, etc.
St. Patrick’s Day:
“St. Patrick’s Day Commemorates a Christian Missionary” – article and resources for teaching the true story of St. Patrick; by Eric Buehrer, founder & president of “Gateways to Better Education”.
“Kids Ministry 101” free magazine – published by “Lifeway – Jana MacGruder and the Lifeway Kids’ Team”.
KIDMIN NETWORK GROUPS:
“Don’t Quit Ministry Support” private Facebook group; also see book, “Don’t Quit: The Best Things in Ministry Come Over Time”.
“I Love Kidmin” Facebook group for children’s ministry leaders.
“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 MISC:
“All Free Kids Crafts” – secular site with all things crafts; includes tutorial videos for kids, costumes, and much more.
“Books of the Bible” flash cards – by “Answers in Genesis” (AIG); also offer “Coloring Book, Flashcards and Trading Cards Pack”.
“Sunday Cool” – super soft custom t-shirts using “no-feel water based ink”; fast turnaround – great for ministries and VBS.
KIDMIN RESOURCES – MEMBERSHIP ACCESS (some free):
“Danielle’s Place”– free and membership access for lessons, crafts, games, & activities; great for younger kids.
“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.
“Pinterest” – membership access; secular site, but offers multitude of Christian ideas, crafts, and other resources.
“Incredible Creatures that Defy Evolution I, II, & III” – DVDs by Dr. Jobe Martin, with “Exploration Films”; animal videos showing unique design of each one; I highly recommend these for ministry and families.
“Sea Kids” DVD trailer – “Sea Kids help kids to build a relationship with Jesus and others. Join the Sea Kids in three fun adventures about respect, sharing and teamwork”; also have Facebook page, Sea Kids TV, and book series by author & Bible professor, Lee Ann Mancini from “GLM Publishing”; can find on “Rightnow Media” and “Pureflix”.
“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”.
“Bible Pathway Adventures” – “mission is to help parents and educators around the world disciple their children in a fun and engaging way. How do we do this? With our free printable activities and Activity Books – all designed to help educators just like you teach children a Biblical faith.”; can view their online Catalog here.“; offers free lessons, quizzes, crosswords, word searches, activity books, classroom packs (purchases help fund missions), flash cards, coloring pages, videos, & even a Hebrew Corner; artwork is high-quality.
“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.
“D6: a family ministry movement connecting church and home” – offers resources with “D6 for the Church” and “D6 for the Home” as well as a conference, curriculum, podcasts, videos, “Splink” family conversation starters, “Elements Kids’ Worship” curriculum, “Access” small group Bible studies, and “D6 Plus”, a membership site with additional resources & training.
“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 ministry leader; offers the “DKM Marketplace“ with free resources, leadership admin & volunteer resources, events, curriculum, her blog, free weekly downloads, & more.
“Hendrickson Rose Publishing” – now Hendrickson Rose Publishing; laminated pamphlets, maps, charts, & posters on numerous topics.
“Kidzmatter” 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, Kidmin Nation Mega-Con, Online Kidmin Mega-Con, and the Sam Chand Leadership Institute.
“Let the Little Children Come” – “aims to provide effective child evangelism tools and resources. It is our hope that these tools and resources will help you in conveying the powerful gospel message to children”; offers evangelism resources to share the gospel with kids, tips, & instructions and gospel tracts; there’s a pack of punch-out pumpkin tracts with the gospel (“Is There Anything Better than candy?”); also offers a sampler pack of child evangelism tools; this site founder’s comment: “these tools would also be helpful in helping older children practice sharing their faith”.
L.I.T. Ministries” – “mission is to empower the next generation”; purpose is to recognize the uniqueness of every child, reach them with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and disciple, equip, and release them for ministry in the church and the world; “Leaders in Training” (L.I.T.) for preteens and “Nehemiah Kids” for 1st – 4th graders; offers mission trip for preteens, online leader training & leader conference, free resources, & more; part of the “4 to 14 window” movement.
Mad About Jesus Laboratories” – offers exciting, fascinating, and memorable scientifically based object lessons to teach biblical truths to children”.
“Oriental Trading” – secular inexpensive resource site with Christian prizes, craft kits & supplies, decorations, and more.
“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”.
“Wacky World Studios” – “We have everything you are looking for to create your dream environment! No matter the space or the budget, Wacky World is your one stop shop for sculptures, wall coverings, interactive play features, animations and so much more!”.