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.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.