Making Your Children's Ministry the Best Hour of Every Kid's Week

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Zondervan, May 26, 2009 - Religion - 208 pages
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Promiseland is Willow Creek’s highly successful children’s ministry. Using examples from Promiseland and churches of all sizes around the country, this book provides step by step guidance and creative application exercises to help churches develop a thriving children’s ministry—one that strives to be the best hour of every kid’s week. Included are Scripture-based principles and practical resources for church staff members and volunteers who agree with the critical role children’s ministry plays in a local church. Making Your Children’s Ministry the Best Hour of Every Kid’s Week, based on twenty-eight years of experience at Willow Creek, explains four ministry foundations: Mission, Vision, Values, and Strategy. Content includes: Detailed answers to questions facing every children’s ministry: • What does Jesus expect from children’s ministry? • How can we evangelize lost kids and disciple saved kids at the same time, and should we? • How do we engage kids so they don’t become bored? • How do we get better at recruiting and leading volunteers? • How can our ministry be a safe place for children? • Six specific ministry values that address the needs of today’s children • Practical first steps for ministries that want to get serious about change • Clear indicators of success in children’s ministry

 

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Review: Making Your Children's Ministry the Best Hour of Every Kid's Week

User Review  - Julieluann - Christianbook.com

This book is great whether you are new to children's ministry or an old veteran. It is inspiring and causes you to think about how you are doing things. I will be re-reading this one and then passing it along to a friend! Read full review

Review: Making Your Children's Ministry the Best Hour of Every Kid's Week

User Review  - John Babbitts - Christianbook.com

Not the best theologically, but I purchased a copy for everyone involved in our Sunday School ministry and set up a date for them to discuss their reactions. It really helped them think out of the box and create an ongoing process of continually looking to make our program better. Read full review

Contents

Foreword by Bill Hybels
9
Introduction
15
IMAGINE THE BEST HOUR
38
YOURMISSION SHOULD YOU CHOOSE
48
THE BIG
64
LARGE GROUP SMALL GROUPS BIG PEOPLE
86
SHARING THE DREAM
110
8 FIT FORTHE ADVENTURE
133
9 SUNDAY MORNING HEROES
146
Personal Exercises and Team Experiences
159
Mission Statements Based on the Great Commission
181
Acknowledgments
197
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About the author (2009)

David Staal serves as the president of Kids Hope USA, a national non-profit organization that partners local churches with elementary schools to provide mentors for at-risk students. Prior to this assignment, David led Promiseland, the children’s ministry at Willow Creek Community Church in Barrington, Illinois. Other leadership roles he held at Willow Creek include director of communications and director of children's ministry for the Willow Creek Association. David authored Word Kids Need to Hear (2008), Leading Your Child to Jesus and Leading Kids to Jesus (2006), and Making Your Children’s Ministry the Best Hour of Every Kid’s Week (2004, co-authored with Sue Miller). David also serves as the senior editor of Today’s Children’s Ministry, an electronic publication and web site from Christianity Today International. He lives in Grand Haven, MI, with his wife Becky, son Scott, and daughter Erin.

Sue Miller is executive director of Promiseland and oversees Willow Creek’s children’s ministry. Sue has also equipped thousands of other ministries to do the same.

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