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The priority of children’s ministry

“If I could relive my life, I would devote my entire ministry
to reaching children for God!”– Dwight L. Moody

 “We believe that children and young people should be
the single greatest priority for Christian work in the coming
“If children’s work is neglected you lose the next generation.
– Patrick Johnstone

“Children are the living messages we send to a time we will
not see.” – John Whitehead

What are we talking about?

Earlier in the year, challenged by Wayne Stocks over at Dad in the Middle, We created a “Wordle” for this blog.

To quote the Wordle site :

Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text.

If you look below you will see our recent Wordle. If you are wondering why the word “asparagus”  ( not a word you use every day!) is so prominent, it is because it was featured, and frequently referred to, in a recent post: 3 things I learned from planting asparagus.

A picture of the words and topics used in Effective Children's Ministry

Click on the image to enlarge it.

Wayne’s October Kidmin Mega Bundle

We used to call it a Bumper Bundle. But now the monthly round up of Children’s Ministry blogs by Wayne Stocks (aka Dad in the Middle) has gone MEGA!!

The list of blog posts from around the ‘net is comprehensive, varied, fascinating and above all else, thoroughly useful.

As it is divided into categories, you can browse the list for whaat you are interested in. This month’s list includes:

  • Featured Article of the Month
  • Kids & the Gospel of Christ
  • Kids & Culture
  • On Teaching & Working With Kids
  • General Ministry Issues
  • Discipline
  • Leaders and Leadership
  • Volunteers
  • Family Ministry / Orange
  • Special Needs
  • Kids & The Bible
  • Games
  • Internet Sites and Resources
  • Coloring Pages
  • Other Kidmin Resources (Music, Conferences, Etc.)
  • Other General Resources (Bible Study, Theology, Etc.)
  • Curriculum and Object Lessons
  • Parenting and Marriage Issues
  • Devotions for Kids and Families
  • Just For Fun

So why not go over now to the October 2010 Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol. There’s a wealth of good stuff to browse and bookmark for later use.

New kidmin blog directory

Wouldn’t it be great to see a whole stash of children’s ministry blogs listed in one place? Somewhere you could go to get the latest posts and Tweets? And all as they are being uploaded?

You will find just that at the new CM Blitz site, a kidmin blog directory from CMBuzz.

You’ll find sections on  “what’s new”, “what’s hot” , as well as fresh posts from Twitter (tweets), refreshed in real time.

It is more than a list of blogs, because with one click you can access individual blog posts from each of the listed sites. Hit the graphic above to hop on over and have a look. Better still, why not bookmark the page and visit often? If at first you don’t see anything, scroll down and you’ll find the lists.

Not only for children!

From time to time we hear of people using the material on in ways you might think are unusual.

The brightly coloured visuals and review games have been very useful for those working with elderly people.

Youth groups have used some of the teaching and review games.

Home study groups for adults have also found the PowerPoint presentations valuable. 

Individuals have used the PowerPoints in their laptops to share Bible truth in one-to-one situations.

So feel free to use and adapt whatever you find here, in order to communicate the gospel effectively to whatever age range you are working with.

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