“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.
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; 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.
“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.
“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”.
“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; great for younger kids.
“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.
“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.
“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 design 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”.
“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!”.