It makes a huge impact to learn from pastors in other churches. That is what I am doing with this board (The Network Forum) ...learning from other folks in different churches. I have learned more on this board than I have probably learned in my 15 years of directing children's ministry.
Karl Bastian's novel for kids, Order of the Ancient, offers a new perspective on living as a Christian in today's increasingly secular culture.
Containing elements of the great stories of old--good vs. evil, ancient tradition, young heroes mentored by wiser sages, supernatural powers and miracles, mystery, and great battles--this storyline allows kids to imitate the characters, resulting in their ongoing practice of the Spiritual Disciplines.