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5 Amazing Books to Read This Summer to Make You Awesome at Ministry

BooksfixedNow that summer's here, you may find yourself with some spare time to read while traveling or simply enjoying some time outside at a park. If so, we've come up with five great reads that will make you even more awesome at ministry than you already are! These books have great insights and tips to help you take your ministry to the next level, just in time for when school starts back and a new church year begins.

Here's your 2013 summer reading list:


  1. Children's Ministry Volunteers That Stick
    Children's pastor Jim Wideman offers his practical strategies for any size church. Learn the secrets of retention and ideas that really work...instill proven leadership skills...and grow your church volunteers to be happy, inspired, and in it for the long haul. Complete with photocopiable resources that will prove invaluable. Learn to recruit like Jesus!

  2. Children's Ministry That Works (Revised and Updated)
    Overflowing with expert insights from over 25 successful children's ministry leaders, you're guaranteed to find solutions for every area of your ministry! This book has it all, from tips on partnering with parents to developing a successful after-school program.

  3. The Quick Guide to Discipline for Children's Ministry: 101 Good Ideas for Bad Behavior
    This is one
    book that's efficient and easy to use! There's one discipline issue featured per page with instant solutions in this quick-flip reference guide. I gave this book to a children's director I knew was having issues-and was told it really made a difference.

  4. Children's Ministry Magazine
    Okay, I'll admit this isn't a book, but it doesn't mean this isn't a must-read for those in children's ministry. Children's Ministry Magazine is packed with practical, authentic ministry ideas to help you change children's lives forever. You'll get sound advice and encouragement from today's children's ministry experts, plus hundreds of ideas to create a program that'll have kids begging to come back! And now Children's Ministry Magazine is digital…check it out!

  5. Lead the Way God Made You: Discovering Your Leadership Style in Children's Ministry
    This practical guide helps you discover your personal leadership style so you can maximize your strengths. As you and your ministry team take the reproducible self-assessment test in this book, you'll discover how to make your team more productive...more effective...and more fun! Written by Larry Shallenberger, this book will show you there's no such thing as a perfect leader.


So there you are, five great reads for your summer. What books are on your summer reading list? When's the last time your ministry team read a book together? What would you recommend to newcomers to the ministry? Let us know your suggestions in the comment section below!

Posted at 13:31


trisha chalk said...
i am already reading "lead the way God made you" and i would highly recommend it! i am doing it as a study with my nursery director and kids church director and it has already made us a better team!
May 29, 2013 02:42

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