What About Kids Ministry – Book Review

Along with 18 other contributors, Bill Emeott has compiled and edited a comprehensive book about kids’ ministry.

 

This book outlines step by step instructions and guidelines for the formation of a successful and biblically based ministry centered on youth. I feel the book is planned and laid out in a sensible and easy to read format.

 

Mr. Emeott has broken kids’ ministry down into 10 chapters. He starts with where to start in Chapter 1 and how important it is to craft a plan based on your ministry philosophy. The book then goes into more valuable information in the next several chapters about details, help you may need and tools needed. There are several chapters devoted to understanding the children, their families and some difficult topics that may arise and how they can be handled.

 

There is a chapter about God’s plan for children and sharing the Gospel with them, conflict resolution within the group, families, and staff. The final chapter is about how to balance the life of a ministry leader. It reminds us not to neglect our own spiritual, emotional, familial, physical, etc. health so that you can be the best example for the youth that is possible.

 

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. The step by step instructional layout is great for someone like me, a layperson, to develop a healthy, spiritually balanced youth ministry and does not requires years of schooling to accomplish the goal.

 

Purchase at the following link:  https://www.lifeway.com/en/product/what-about-kids-ministry-P005807609

Church Memories

“Tell it to your children, and let your children tell it to their children, and their children to the next generation.” Joel 1:3

As part of the celebration of St. Paul’s 190th anniversary, we collected memories from current and previous members.  It was amazing to see how many people gave memories from their childhood or the childhood of their children.  People had good memories of Vacation Bible School, Luther League, Christmas pageants, Easter egg hunts, Youth Group trips, singing in the choir etc..  Parents remembered baptisms, confirmations and  seeing their children growing up and taking part in the life of the church.  Many people were remembered — pastors, Sunday School teachers and superintendents, friends.

Growing up in the church is a blessing.  It teaches not only the Scriptures, but leadership and self confidence.  It gives a support network of love and encouragement.  It is indeed an experience to be remembered and treasured.

Did you grow up in the church?  Did your children?  What did it mean to you/them?  We want to hear your stories.

“…Let the children come to me, do not hinder them;  for to such belongs the kingdom of God.”  Mark 10:14