Want to see your church's kids transformed for Jesus? Struggling to get the whole church on board? Know what you want to see happen, but not how to make it happen?
Leading KidMin is about what it takes to achieve big-time change. Moving past the “why” and getting straight to the “how,” Leading Kidmin provides tools and strategies for actually leading, influencing, and implementing change on a local church level—all from the vantage point of the children's ministry director.
The mission of Leading KidMin is to create a movement of change-agents who don't just know that change is needed, but are equipped to make it happen, leading their churches in becoming more aligned, effective, and geared for growth.
Pat Cimo and Matt Markins, veterans of KidMin, are prepared to make you the change-agent you want to be—and that your church needs you to be. Are you ready?
My husband is a children’s ministry coordinator. I have worked in children’s ministry in various capacities, but never been the head of a children’s ministry. So, as a good wife, when I received the opportunity to review Leading KidMin: How to Drive Real Change in Children’s Ministry, I thought it would be an excellent book for me to read and share my gleanings with my husband.
The authors of this book have written this book to help children’s leaders to transform their ministry. However, the plan for transforming children’s ministry is to transform the leadership first. It’s an inside-out approach to working with children and to creating a children’s ministry that changes lives. The issues that this book deals with include: (1) Leading from a secure identity. (2) Facing challenges with courage. (3) Identifying and leveraging “aha” moments. (4) Building partnerships with senior leaders and (5) Finding your leadership voice.
There are a lot of great ideas in this book, and many of them really come down to having perspective on your ministry. As a children’s minister, you are a part of a whole. What your ministries have to do is to be a part of the composite vision that your senior pastor and other staff have of the church. In other words, a thriving children’s ministry comes from being aligned with the goals of the church. This book is filled with ideas to help children’s ministers study their pastors, communicate with church staff and still allowing for those “Aha!” moments where the children’s ministry can change the direction of children’s lives.
This book also shows survey results from surveys of children’s ministers, and those can help you determine how your ministry compares to those around you. Another thing that I really enjoyed about the book is that it discusses how many children’s minsters are reactive and jump on the next trend as they see it. Instead, Cimo and Markins propose that children’s ministers would be better off seeing how the newest trend lines up with their church’s vision. Then, the newest trend can be adapted to the reality of what your church wants it to be.
Leading KidMin is a great resource for those working in or with children's ministries at church. Discovering the importance of a dynamic kid's ministry should be the church's priority. So much of a person's foundation begins when they are kids. This book was super encouraging and thought provoking. It's a great resource for those trying to develop a children's ministry or for those trying to make their children's ministry match the philosophy of their church. This would also be great for other church leaders to read - in order to gain a better perspective about the importance of a thriving kid's ministry. We all have to work together.
Pat Cimo & Matt Markins' Leading KidMin: How to Drive Real Change in Children's Ministry is an amazing book that goes beyond "how" to do children's ministries in the local church but how to lead those ministries into full discipleship in the church. In a culture that tends to continue the same trends in children's ministries that have existed for decades, Cimo and Markins -- both of whom have extensive experience in those ministries -- explore what it means to lead meaningfully faithful change in those ministries.
In particular, it explores the ways in which children's ministers can drive those changes. There are plenty of practical skills here in working together toward a shared vision, particularly with senior leadership. What I love most about Leading KidMin is its ability to help children's ministers explore the depths of their own vocation and its place in the congregational life, and learning how to speak that heart for the church. Chapter 3, "How to Run Toward Your Problems", helps give voice to those to those temptations to run from the vocation to children's ministry -- it, alone, is worth the price of the book.
The beauty of KidMin is that is speaks not only to those larger congregations where children's ministries may be long-standing, but also those smaller congregations who aren't sure what children's ministry might look like in their context.
There's plenty of practical pieces that make Leading KidMin -- especially all the research -- an essential book for all sorts of congregational leaders.