Promiseland is Willow Creeks highly successful childrens ministry. Using examples from Promiseland and churches of all sizes around the country, this book provides step by step guidance and creative application exercises to help churches develop a thriving childrens ministryone that strives to be the best hour of every kids week. Included are Scripture-based principles and practical resources for church staff members and volunteers who agree with the critical role childrens ministry plays in a local church. Making Your Childrens Ministry the Best Hour of Every Kids Week, based on twenty-eight years of experience at Willow Creek, explains four ministry foundations: Mission, Vision, Values, and Strategy. Content includes: Detailed answers to questions facing every childrens ministry: What does Jesus expect from childrens ministry? How can we evangelize lost kids and disciple saved kids at the same time, and should we? How do we engage kids so they dont become bored? How do we get better at recruiting and leading volunteers? How can our ministry be a safe place for children? Six specific ministry values that address the needs of todays children Practical first steps for ministries that want to get serious about change Clear indicators of success in childrens ministry
David Staal serves as the president of Kids Hope USA, a national non-profit organization that partners local churches with elementary schools to provide mentors for at-risk students. Prior to this assignment, David led Promiseland, the childrens ministry at Willow Creek Community Church in Barrington, Illinois. Other leadership roles he held at Willow Creek include director of communications and director of children's ministry for the Willow Creek Association. David authored Word Kids Need to Hear (2008), Leading Your Child to Jesus and Leading Kids to Jesus (2006), and Making Your Childrens Ministry the Best Hour of Every Kids Week (2004, co-authored with Sue Miller). David also serves as the senior editor of Todays Childrens Ministry, an electronic publication and web site from Christianity Today International. He lives in Grand Haven, MI, with his wife Becky, son Scott, and daughter Erin.
Sue Miller is executive director of Promiseland and oversees Willow Creeks childrens ministry. Sue has also equipped thousands of other ministries to do the same.