“A Dad’s Gotta Do What a Dad’s Gotta Do”

"A Dad's Gotta Do What a Dad's Gotta Do" Book Review

Fellow children's pastor Mark Jones just sent me a copy of his book, "A Dad's Gotta Do What a Dad's Gotta Do." I normally don't write book reviews, but Mark is a friend and this book was a fun read with my kids. So, here's what I like about this book: I'm a grouchy dad, especially in the morning. This book helps me think about my morning routine and ho w I might do … [Read more...]

Grace Based Parenting: A Summer Must Read

Grace Based Parenting Book

I really hope that I’m not alone when I say that parenting is the hardest thing that I have ever done.  I say that in honesty and humility.  I am ashamed to say that I have misrepresented a loving God to my children with impatience, fatigue, fear, control, or manipulation at times.  This is not how God parents me. God parents me with grace.  God parents me with love.  God … [Read more...]

10 Non-Kidmin Books that Every Kidmin Should Have

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There are lists of Kidmin books that every personal in children’s ministry should have.  They include titles from people like Jim Wideman, Sue Miller, Reggie Joiner, Dale Hudson, Ryan Frank and many more.  Chances are that you have some or all of them on your shelves already.  The purpose of this post is to give you a list of books that have little or nothing to do with … [Read more...]

KidMin Leadership Book by Jim Wideman

This book offers the top-twenty principles all leaders need to know.

There is a brand new resource that you need to order today, if you haven't already. Children's ministry pioneer, Jim Wideman, has released Kidmin Leadership.  This book is unique because it is filled with leadership lessons for children's ministers written by children's ministers, based on what was learned in two years of mentoring with Jim. I was privileged to be a part … [Read more...]

Counterfeit Gospels: An Important Book about the Good News

Counterfeit Gospels book cover

Most of us in kids ministry get excited about sharing the Gospel with the next generation. In fact, telling about Jesus and his love is the #1 motivation for me. But sometimes in the busyness of church work, our message can become compromised. There are forces in the world at work to marginalize, distort, and replace the biblical good news with counterfeits. The scary part … [Read more...]