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So, you're in charge of the Children's Ministry?!?  HELP IS HERE!

Whether you are a Children's Pastor, Director, Coordinator, or Hold-it-all-togetherer, the fact is you need ideas, and you need them fast!!  If you're looking for a sample policy manual, or permission slip, or other administrative help, this is the place!

If you have a question or issue you would like to see addressed here, please contact us. We have a team of veteran children's ministry administrators ready to help.

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All Access Weekly Ministry Tasks

Weekly list of tasks that must be accomplished on a weekly basis.

Organization / Time Managment
All Access Children's Ministry Lessons from the Crocodile Hunter

Like most folks, I was saddened to hear of the passing of the "Crocodile Hunter", Steve Irwin. As I was reflecting on his impact, I remembered that I had often used the "Crocodile Hunter" as an illustration of qualities we look for in children's ministers.

Qualities of Children's Ministers
All Access CM Leaders' Manual

Volunteer/Policy Manual

All Access Event Planning / Evaluation Form

This form could be following an event to evaluate how succesful the event was. If kept in file, this form could be extremly helpful in planning the same event the following year.

Event Planning
All Access Faith for the Schedule

Do you often cry out for help with staffing? Do you find yourself asking God for more workers on a consistent basis? Do you question if God cares about this area of children’s ministry?  

All Access Fretters Anonymous

The kids in our children's ministries deserve to see faith in you. Fear over the future will not bring victory. Kids do not need to pick up on your fear of the future even if you feel justified in your "concerns."

Key Concepts for Ministry
All Access Fun Fair Summary

This is a basic overview of an annual outreach event. This was created to bring a new program director up-to-speed on what had been done in the past.

Outreach Event
All Access How to Peel a Bible Story

Bible stories are easier for kids to understand and apply if you break them down and serve them in small parts.

Key Concepts for Ministry
All Access I'm Doing This For the Kids... Or Am I?

Helpful advice for every Children's Ministry worker to determine his/her priorities and purpose for ministry.

Purpose for Ministry
All Access Imagine Being Used by God

Beginning of the year kick off event for Children's Ministry Volunteers, using the theme of "imagination" featuring typical children's toys and games.

Volunteer Team Motivation KickOff
All Access Info Cards

These are cards that we use to gather visitor information for large events.

Visitor Information Form
All Access Internet Safety

Parents can protect their kids from online dangers while teaching them about the importance of accountability in the Christian life -- Covenant Eyes accountability software

Monitoring and Filtering
All Access Jim Wideman on Child Security

Hear from respected children's pastor Jim Wideman on the topic of Child Security.

Child Security
All Access Kidzturn Labs

Kidzturn Labs is the brainchild of Sam and Matt Lussier. As Kidzturn Ministries hey travel the country with their family presenting the gospel to churches of all sizes. Kidzturn Labs is now releasing their media content at Kids' Ministry budget prices!

Media tools on a Kids' Ministry budget
All Access Lessons from a 'Rookie' Children's Pastor

What lessons did the Kidologist learn early on in ministry besides not playing games with marshmallows in a room with red carpet?

leadership / ministry
All Access Making Room for Response

The importance of providing a time of response for children who have heard the Gospel message or who want to respond to the message or pray for others.

Altar Calls
All Access Ministering with the end in mind

Are we ministering with the end in mind? Here’s is what I mean by that. Do we have an end goal in mind for a child as they grow up through our children’s ministry, then through our youth ministry and then on to adulthood. Another words we can say we want a young person to be able to do this or say this when they are all grown up.

Family Ministry
All Access Mission Trip to Mexico

Take a mission trip to Mexico without ever leaving your church? It's absolutely possible, check out this article to find out how!

In-Building Missions Trip
All Access PJ's Box

A creative way to encourage children and parents to communicate with their children's pastor/leader.

All Access Putting Your Vision Out There

Effective ways to let others know about your vision for ministry.

Using Your Vision
All Access Sample Kids Camp Parents Letter

This is a great sample letter to send to the parents of the children attending any of your camps.

Free Secret Church Shopper

To gain the maximum benefit and to retain those who are visiting or thinking about visiting your church you need to know what they experience. Secret Church Shopper template will help see your church accurately through the eyes of a visitor.

Ministry Improvements
All Access Small Group Faciliator Worksheet

This is an example of a small group facilitator worksheet that we gave to our adult leaders for use during a worship service.

Small Group Example
All Access Teachers' Kids

Some unique ideas to say "thanks" to the family members of your children's ministry volunteers.

Volunteer Appreciation
All Access Ten Commandments as a Sunday School Teacher

Dr. Henrietta C. Mears (1890-1963), a Presbyterian Christian education director, had a profound influence on the way contemporary educational ministry is conducted. Her influence covered the breadth of the field, including church program development, teacher and leadership training, curriculum publishing, camps and conferences, and missions education. Her legacy endures through contemporary approaches to Bible study and Sunday school material, the ministries she founded, and the lives of outstanding Christian leaders who have impacted the world for Christ. This is a collection of her writing.

Sunday School Inspiration
All Access That Thin Wire Thingy in a Light Bulb

All ministry can be broken down into these two elements: build a bridge; turn on a light.

Key Concepts for Ministry
All Access The Impacter Principle

principles to transform any Children's Ministry

Principles that work in Children's Ministry
Free The Strategy of Jesus

Lessons that I learned from the strategic ways of Jesus. These may be quick to read but,like all of the things of Jesus, pack a great punch.

All Access Top 10 Tips for Starting a New Children’s Ministry

Here are TEN TIPS for getting a solid children's ministry off to a GREAT START from a veteran of Children's Ministry!

Gettin' Started
Starter Volunteer Application

Use this application when recruiting and screening your camp or VBS volunteers

Basic Camp or VBS Volunteer Application Form
All Access Volunteer Appreciation - Camp

A cute idea to show your children's ministry camp volunteers that you appreciate them, using s'mores!

Volunteer Appreciation
All Access Why America Needs Children's Ministry

Be wise and understand the times you live in. Conduct your children's ministry with a sense of purpose. But never forget that where sin abounds, grace abounds more (Romans 5:20). And as crazy as it sounds, we live in a world where the grace of God has a lot of room to abound. And after all, isn't that why you are in children's ministry?

Children's Ministry
Free Kidology Report: Looking Ahead - Trends in Children's Ministry

The Kidology Report tackles the "Top 10 Trends in Children's Ministry" that will impact your ministry in the years ahead.

Children's Ministry Trends
All Access Kidology Report: Book Report - Rock Solid Kids by Larry Fowler

The Kidology Report reviews Larry Fowler's book, Rock Solid Kids, and discusses the need for churches to give "Children's Ministry" back to parents.

Family Ministry
All Access Kidology Report: On Location - Aurora First Assembly of God (Aurora, CO)

The Kidology Report interviews Andrew VanDerLinden, Children's Pastor at Aurora First Assembly of God (Aurora, CO)

All Access Book Report - Transforming Children into Spiritual Champions by George Barna

The Kidology Report reviews George Barna's book, Transforming Children into Spiritual Champions, and emphasizes the importance of churches catching a vision for kids' ministry.

Children's Ministry Strategy
All Access Book Report - Children's Ministry that Works! by Various Authors

The Kidology Report reviews the book, Children's Ministry that Works!, which gives valuable insight on how to shape a complete ministry by some of the best-known minds in ministry: Jim Wideman, Christine Yount, Craig Jutila, Sue Miller and several others. In a way, this book is the mentor you never had!

Children's Ministry Foundations
All Access Book Report - Postmodern Children's Ministry by Ivy Beckwith

The Kidology Report reviews Ivy Beckwith's book, Postmodern Children's Ministry, and provides practical ideas on how to reach this emerging generation.

Postmodern Children's Ministry
All Access Book Report - The Fabulous Reinvention of Sunday School by Aaron Reynolds

The Kidology Report reviews Aaron Reynolds' book, The Fabulous Reinvention of Sunday School, and provides ideas on how to transform your children's ministry.

Reinventing Children's Ministry
All Access Kidology Report: Book Report - Children Matter by Various Authors

The Kidology Report reviews the book, Children Matter, which focuses on the people and relationships of children's ministry, authored by four seminary professors: Scottie May, Beth Posterski, Catherine Stonehouse, and Linda Cannell. It's challenging and refreshing!

Children's Ministry Theory
All Access Kidology Report: Book Report - Crucial Concepts in Kids' Ministry by Randy Christensen

The Kidology Report reviews Randy Christensen's book, Crucial Concepts in Kids' Ministry, which discusses the foundational issues of children's ministry from the ground up.

Children's Ministry Fundamentals
All Access Kidology Report: Book Report - Children's Ministry in the 21st Century by Various Authors

The Kidology Report reviews the book, Children's Ministry in the 21st Century, which focuses upcoming trends shaping children's ministry, authored by Craig Jutila, Jim Wideman, Pat Verbal, and others.

Children's Ministry Trends
All Access Kidology Report: Book Report - Volunteers That Stick by Jim Wideman

The Kidology Report reviews the book Volunteers That Stick by Jim Wideman, which focuses building and keeping a solid volunteer ministry team.

All Access Kidology Report: Book Report - Making Your Children's Ministry the Best Hour...

The Kidology Report reviews the book Making Your Children's Ministry the Best Hour of Every Kid's Week by Sue Miller & David Staal, which focuses on setting realistic vision, values, and improvements in your children's ministry.

Improving your Children's Ministry
Starter Kidology Report: Book Report - Lead the Way God Made You by Larry Shallenberger

The Kidology Report reviews the book Lead the Way God Made You by Larry Shallenberger, which focuses on not comparing your leadership style with those of others.

Leadership Style
All Access Kidology Report: Book Report - Planning Church Events With Ease by V. Kerry Inman

The Kidology Report reviews the book Planning Church Events With Ease by V. Kerry Inman, which focuses on planning, preparing, and executing great events.

Event Planning
All Access Kidology Report: Book Report - Simple Church by Thom S. Rainer & Eric Geiger

The Kidology Report reviews the book Simple Church by Thom S. Rainer & Eric Geiger, which focuses on redefining your ministry priorities to four words: Clarity, Movement, Alignment, and Focus.

Redefining ministry priorities
All Access Kidology Report: Book Report - Reveal by Greg Hawkins & Cally Parkinson

The Kidology Report reviews the book Reveal by Greg Hawkins & Cally Parkinson, which helps answer the questions "Am I leading an effective ministry?" and "How would I even know I'm being effective?"

Evaluation, Effectiveness
All Access Kidology Report: Book Report - Kid CEO by Ed Young Jr.

The Kidology Report reviews the book Kid CEO by Ed Young Jr., which challenges parents to take back God-given leadership role in their homes.

Parenting, Family Ministry
All Access Kidology Report: Book Report - Children's Ministry Leadership: The You-Can-Do-It Guide

The Kidology Report reviews the book Children's Ministry Leadership: The You-Can-Do-It Guide by Jim Wideman, which provides helpful step-by-step guidance for getting things "up and running" in the world of children's ministry.

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