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Sunday School That Really Works: A Strategy for Connecting Congregations and CommunitiesSunday School That Really Works: A Strategy for Connecting Congregations and Communities
Steve R. Parr
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Whether your church is committed to Sunday school, on the fence, or has already jettisoned the program, Sunday SchoolThat Really Works will challenge you to rethink your approach and encourage the church to work together to reach your community with the gospel.
     

 
Sunday School That Really Responds: Wisdom for Confronting Common Sunday School EmergenciesSunday School That Really Responds: Wisdom for Confronting Common Sunday School Emergencies
Steve Parr
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In this sequel to Sunday School that Really Works, Steve Parr explores twenty-four problems in organizing and teaching a Sunday school class. But he does more than present the problems; he provides practical and biblical wisdom on how the problem may be solved. In Sunday School that Really Responds Parr tackles each issue using the first responder motif: triage, prescription, first aid, and rehab.

The book is divided into two sections: general Sunday school organizational issues and specific issues related to a particular Sunday school class. The result is an ideal tool for the pastor of education, Sunday School director, and Sunday School teacher that can be used to identify weaknesses and to determine how to restore the Sunday school to good health.
     

 
Sunday School That Really Excels: Real Life Examples of Churches with Healthy Sunday SchoolsSunday School That Really Excels: Real Life Examples of Churches with Healthy Sunday Schools
Steve R. Parr
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The third in his Sunday School series (following Sunday School That Really Works and Sunday School That Really Responds), Steve Parr presents 14 actual churches with excellent Sunday School ministries. A strong Sunday school ministry directly relates to the health of the church and fortunately God has empowered every believer and ministry with the seeds of excellence. Learn from the accomplishments of Sunday School leaders across the country to release your ministry to thrive. Each chapter offers a different context - rural, small congregation, multicultural community, recovering from a crisis, transitioning to small groups, and many more - bringing together lessons from the best of the best, so that you too can excel.
     

 
Rock Solid Children's MinistryRock Solid Children's Ministry
Larry Fowler
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Effective Children's Ministry is grounded in the mission to impact lives for eternity and give children the spiritual training they need for life. Thirty year veteran of children's ministry and executive director of global networking for Awana and KidzMatter, Larry Fowler writes nine principles for children's leaders to build their service on the gospel of Jesus Christ. Rock Solid Children's Ministry helps you nurture a thriving ministry by clarifying your vision, selecting curriculum based on the gospel truth, implementing ministry goals across generations plus six other valuable themes.
     

 
Sunday School Changes EverythingSunday School Changes Everything
Henrietta C. Mears
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From 1931 to 1933, Henrietta Mears grew her church's youth and adult classes from 450 to 4,500! She built one of the largest Sunday School ministries in the world and her curriculum became so highly demanded that she founded a publishing company - Gospel Light. Now Henrietta shares her passion, knowledge and experience in this never before published book to help Sunday School leaders today refocus their vision and revive their ministry.

Revealing why your Sunday school program is the greatest investment your church can make to reach the next generation, Henrietta Mears offers practical tools for effective outreach--from organizing and evaluating your ministry to recruiting and training teachers--so that your ministry can impact your world. 224 pages, hardcover from Regal.
     

 
Children in the Way?: Creative Opportunities for Churches with Young ChildrenChildren in the Way?: Creative Opportunities for Churches with Young Children
Carrie Kingston
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Are children in the way in churches today or do we see them as valuable members? This book will cause you to reflect on how we relate to children, especially young children, beginning with an overview of children's ministry dynamics and how children learn. The second section addresses children in the 21st century and identifies recent social and cultural changes, reflecting on what the future might look like. The next section focuses on children under age 3, considering the best-quality care and safety issues. The last, large section describes the rich resources available to infants and toddlers, creative resources available for their development, and the power of storytelling.
     

 
Rediscovering the Sunday SchoolRediscovering the Sunday School
Talmadge Johnson, Stan Johnson
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Sunday school is more than action songs or adult Bible study! It's a people-focused, purpose-powered, life-transforming link between the church and the world. Discover new methods for organizing and promoting your Sunday school; using fellowship to reach new people; placing new emphasis on teaching the basics of Christianity; and more. 118 pages, softcover from Beacon Hill.
     

 
Teaching the Faith, Forming the Faithful: A Biblical Vision for Education in the ChurchTeaching the Faith, Forming the Faithful: A Biblical Vision for Education in the Church
Gary A. Parrett, S. Steve Kang
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Why does the church teach? And what should it teach?

In recent years, traditional Sunday school and education programs have declined in influence and effectiveness. Education in the church is often sidelined by other competing priorities, and our efforts become haphazard and random.

As a result, many Christians have not learned the fundamental doctrinal content of the faith. As a response, a growing number of church ministries have moved toward an emphasis on Christian spiritual formation. But churches must hold together education and formation, the teaching of the faith and the forming of the faithful.

In this comprehensive text, Gary Parrett and Steve Kang attend to both the content and process of educational and formational ministries. They set forth a thoroughly biblical vision for intentional teaching of the Christian faith, with a holistic concern for what and whom is taught as well as how and why.

Fully apprised of developments in educational theory and pedagogy, Parrett and Kang propose a core curriculum for recovering the full scope of Christian proclamation and reinvigorating the teaching ministry of the church. Their vision has implications not merely for catechesis, but for preaching, worship, children's and youth ministry, and much more.

The body of Christ can become all that God intends it to be, through intentional practices that foster personal and corporate formation. Here is guidance for individuals and congregations on that journey.
     

 
Children MatterChildren Matter
Scottie May, Beth Posterski, Catherine Stonehouse
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A much-needed call to make children central to the church's ministry and mission. Using information based on years of trial and error, these professionals lay a biblical foundation, develop content and context for faith formation, and offer solid practical advice for welcoming kids into the people of God. 312 pages, softcover. Eerdmans.
     

 
The Fabulous Reinvention of Sunday School: Transformational Techniques for Reaching and TeachingThe Fabulous Reinvention of Sunday School: Transformational Techniques for Reaching and Teaching
Aaron Reynolds
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The Fabulous Reinvention of Sunday School is an indispensible guidebook to transformational teaching in children's ministries of every size and setting. Designed with whimsical quirkiness and written with humor and passion, this book will transform the way you--and your kids--experience the life-changing potential of Sunday School.
     

 
Perspectives on Children's Spiritual Formation: Four ViewsPerspectives on Children's Spiritual Formation: Four Views
Michael Anthony, ed.
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In childrens ministry, models, methods, and materials abound. How do you decide what direction you want your ministry to children to take? Perspectives on Childrens Spiritual Formation allows you to examine the four prominent points-of-view in the church today. You will then be able to make a more informed decision on the way in which your ministry should take.
The four viewpoints:
  • Contemplative-Reflective Model focused on prayer, reflection and storytelling is explained by Dr. Scottie May, professor of Christian Education at Wheaton College.
  • Instructional-Analytical Model focused on bible study and memorization is explained by Gregory C. Carlson and John K. Crupper, both on staff with AWANA
  • Pragmatic-Participatory Model focused on active learning and practical application is explained by Trisha Graves, Childrens Pastor at Mariners Church, Irvine, CA.
  • Media-driven Engagement Model focused on high-energy instructional technology is explained by Bill Baumgart and Greg Carper, both on staff with KIDMO

Editor Michael J. Anthony is professor of Christian Education at Biola University and Talbot School of Theology. He has earned a Ph. D. from Claremont Graduate School and lives in Irvine, CA.
     

 
Dreaming of More for the Next Generation Lifetime Faith Ignited by Family MinistryDreaming of More for the Next Generation Lifetime Faith Ignited by Family Ministry
Michelle Anthony
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A fresh approach to spiritual formation! Encouraging leaders to be Spirit-driven rather than program-centered, Anthony encourages you to focus on what's most important to those you shepherd. Discover how to create an environment that allows the Holy Spirit to work across generations; empower parents to partner with the church in faith formation; and more. 192 pages, softcover from Cook.
     

 
Formational Children's Ministry: Shepherding Children Using Story, Ritual, and RelationshipFormational Children's Ministry: Shepherding Children Using Story, Ritual, and Relationship
Ivy Beckwith
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We want to raise faithful children. But are churches today helping to fulfill that mission? Or do our children's ministries look more like entertaining babysitting services than places where true spiritual formation happens? In Formational Children's Ministry, Ivy Beckwith helps ministers and parents create ministries that capture children's imaginations, not just to keep them occupied, but to live as citizens of the kingdom of God..
     

 
Mapping Out Curriculum in Your Church: Cartography for Christian PilgrimsMapping Out Curriculum in Your Church: Cartography for Christian Pilgrims
Edited by James R. Estep, Karen L. Estep & M. Roger White
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This new book from top Christian education professionals integrates biblical foundations, educational theory, and practical insights into a new curriculum formation approach for the local church. Uniquely identifying curriculum as a means of ministry through the metaphor of mapmaking, it shows how believers are lost along the spiritual journey without a study plan, having no clear destination or reliable path to follow toward maturity.

Detailing the theological, educational, and pastoral dimensions that make a curriculum Christian, the text is arranged into four sections: (1) rationale for curriculum, (2) curricular foundations, (3) curriculuar theory, and (4) the practice of curriculum. Covers areas from children's ministry to adult education.

Contributors include:
  • James R. Estep
  • Karen L. Estep
  • Roger White
  • Holly Allen
  • Mark H. Senter III
  • Michael S. Wilder
  • Timothy Paul Jones
  • Brett Robbe

     

 
Teaching with Heart: A Guide to Cherishing and Challenging Children in the Christian ClassroomTeaching with Heart: A Guide to Cherishing and Challenging Children in the Christian Classroom
Jody Capehart
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What does cherishing and challenging children mean? How do teachers balance the biblical education of children with a heartfelt, relational faith? How do teachers begin to learn methods and materials as well as to understand the personalities of the people to whom they minister? These questions are answered in this valuable guide that helps teachers develop the spiritual understanding to cherish the unique personalities and learning styles of each child, while challenging them to grow up to be like Christ. This handbook also familiarizes teachers in the Christian classroom with the vast array of information available on educational theory while providing this information in a practical, useful, and reproducible form. A HeartShaper Series Resource from Standard Publishing.
     

 

 
Building Blocks for Sunday School GrowthBuilding Blocks for Sunday School Growth
Bo Prosser, Michael McCullar, Charles Qualls
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Building Blocks for Sunday School Growth are at your fingertips. These six building blocks: Vision, Balance, Leadership, Relevant Teaching, Receptivity and Inclusion, and Outreach and Inreach, will help you develop an intentional vision and plan for spiritual and numerical growth. The authors contend that failure to pay attention to the infrastructure in these six areas can lead to a decline in the quality of your Sunday school. However, by focusing on these six building blocks, you will re-energize your leaders and allow your Sunday school to grow and develop. As you gain a renewed perspective on the potential of Sunday school you will notice an increase in energy, both spiritual and numerical. The critics are wrong-Sunday school is not dead! Strengthening these six areas of your organization can lead to a renewed Bible Teaching Ministry. Your Sunday school can grow, and as the Sunday school grows, so, too, will the church.
     

 
Children's Ministry Leadership: The You-Can-Do-It GuideChildren's Ministry Leadership: The You-Can-Do-It Guide
Jim Wideman
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You can be a next-level leader! Expert Jim Wideman empowers readers to be dynamic, effective and efficient ministry leaders. This guide gives you the best of the best from Jim's own favorite workshops and keynote addresses. And this isn't just theory; it's practical advice brought to you from someone who has served in small churches; large churches; and churches in between!

Jim Wideman is a warm and engaging speaker on effective children's ministry. He is a children's pastor and director of Christian education at Church On the Move in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Wideman leads Kids On the Move, which hosts more than 75 classes for kids per week and is fueled by a team of more than 900 volunteers. Founded by Willie George, Kids On the Move is a recipient of Children's Ministry Magazine's "Pioneer of the Decade" award.
     

 
Making Your Children's Ministry the Best Hour of Every Kid's WeekMaking Your Children's Ministry the Best Hour of Every Kid's Week
Sue Miller with David Staal
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Big or small, your children's ministry can ignite in young hearts faith that grows and spreads in ways you never dreamed. It happens all the time at Willow Creek's Promiseland, and it can happen at your church. Sunday morning can be absolutely the most exciting, fun-filled time of the week for children, a Great kid-Venture that impacts them for the rest of their lives.

Telling the story of Promiseland from its early days till today and offering glimpses of successful children's ministries across the country, Promiseland Director Sue Miller shares insights that can reshape your whole approach to children's ministry and cast a new vision for everyone involved: church leaders, parents and above all, kids. Gleaning from twenty-eight years of hands-on ministry experience, here is practical guidance to help address your most vital concerns and challenges: how to grab and hold kids' interest, how to balance evangelism and discipleship, six specific ministry values that meet kid's needs, secrets to recruiting, training, and leading volunteers.
     


 

 
Building Blocks for Sunday School GrowthBuilding Blocks for Sunday School Growth
Bo Prosser, Michael McCullar, Charles Qualls
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Building Blocks for Sunday School Growth are at your fingertips. These six building blocks: Vision, Balance, Leadership, Relevant Teaching, Receptivity and Inclusion, and Outreach and Inreach, will help you develop an intentional vision and plan for spiritual and numerical growth. The authors contend that failure to pay attention to the infrastructure in these six areas can lead to a decline in the quality of your Sunday school. However, by focusing on these six building blocks, you will re-energize your leaders and allow your Sunday school to grow and develop. As you gain a renewed perspective on the potential of Sunday school you will notice an increase in energy, both spiritual and numerical. The critics are wrong-Sunday school is not dead! Strengthening these six areas of your organization can lead to a renewed Bible Teaching Ministry. Your Sunday school can grow, and as the Sunday school grows, so, too, will the church.
     

 

 
The Ultimate Survival Guide For Children's Ministry WorkersThe Ultimate Survival Guide For Children's Ministry Workers
Ivy Beckwith
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Terrified of teaching? Let Beckwith's helpful book come to your rescue! Featuring insights on classic questions of choosing curriculums, building trust, and maintaining order, it also provides up-to-date practical tips on how to connect with tech-savvy kids and those with special needs. Includes discussions of modern-day safety issues and the role of the volunteer. 144 pages, softcover from Gospel Light.
     

 
Nelson's Children's Minister's Manual, NKJV EditionNelson's Children's Minister's Manual, NKJV Edition
Theresa Plemmons Reiter
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From the creators of Nelson's Minister's Manual comes a little book with a big mission: to help you strengthen your children's ministry! Packed with information, this essential guide will help you plan effective youth events, compose attention-getting children's sermons, work with church committees, engage parents, and mentor kids as they grow in Christ. 224 pages, 5.5" x 7.25" hardcover.
     

 

 
Perspectives on Children's Spiritual Formation: Four ViewsPerspectives on Children's Spiritual Formation: Four Views
Michael Anthony, ed.
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In childrens ministry, models, methods, and materials abound. How do you decide what direction you want your ministry to children to take? Perspectives on Childrens Spiritual Formation allows you to examine the four prominent points-of-view in the church today. You will then be able to make a more informed decision on the way in which your ministry should take.

The four viewpoints:

  • Contemplative-Reflective Model focused on prayer, reflection and storytelling is explained by Dr. Scottie May, professor of Christian Education at Wheaton College
  • Instructional-Analytical Model focused on bible study and memorization is explained by Gregory C. Carlson and John K. Crupper, both on staff with AWANA
  • Pragmatic-Participatory Model focused on active learning and practical application is explained by Trisha Graves, Childrens Pastor at Mariners Church, Irvine, CA.
  • Media-driven Engagement Model focused on high-energy instructional technology is explained by Bill Baumgart and Greg Carper, both on staff with KIDMO

     



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