Making Your Children's Ministry the Best Hour of Every Kid's Week

Paperback | March 23, 2004

bySue MillerAs told byDavid Staal

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Promiseland is Willow Creek’s highly successful children’s 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 children’s ministry—one that strives to be the best hour of every kid’s week. Included are Scripture-based principles and practical resources for church staff members and volunteers who agree with the critical role children’s ministry plays in a local church. Making Your Children’s Ministry the Best Hour of Every Kid’s 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 children’s ministry: • What does Jesus expect from children’s 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 don’t 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 today’s children • Practical first steps for ministries that want to get serious about change • Clear indicators of success in children’s ministry

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Promiseland is Willow Creek’s highly successful children’s 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 children’s ministry—one that strives to be the best hour of every kid’s week. ...

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Promiseland is Willow Creek's highly successful children's 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 children's ministry--one that strives to be the best hour of every kid's week....

Sue Miller is executive director of Promiseland and oversees Willow Creek's children's ministry. Sue has also equipped thousands of other ministries to do the same.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 ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.63 inPublished:March 23, 2004Publisher:ZondervanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:031025485X

ISBN - 13:9780310254850

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Table of Contents

CONTENTS Foreword by Bi l l Hy b e l s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9Foreword by George Barna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151. THE GREAT KID-VENTURE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 The Journey to Build a Dynamic Children's Ministry2. IMAGINE THE BEST HOUR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 A Compelling Vision Makes All the Difference3. YOUR MISSION, SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 The Benefits of a Clear Starting Point4. THE BIG SIX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Core Ministry Values to Reach Today's Kids5. LARGE GROUP, SMALL GROUPS, BIG PEOPLE . . . . . . 85 So What Does Sunday Morning Look Like?6. SHARING THE DREAM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 Get Wild about Volunteer Recruiting7. LESSONS LEARNED. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 How to Treat Volunteers8. FIT FOR THE ADVENTURE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133 Thriving in Ministry---Not Just Surviving in Ministry9. SUNDAY MORNING HEROES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 145 Real People Making Real DifferencesA Final Word . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157Personal Exercises and Team Experiences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159Appendix A: Mission Statements Based on the Great Commission; Indicators of Spiritual Maturity---The Five Gs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181Appendix B: The Ten Core Values of Willow Creek Community Church;Six Core Ministry Values . . . 183Appendix C: A Typical Hour in Promiseland; Spiritual Gifts . . . 187Appendix D: Promiseland Curriculum . 191Notes . . . 193Acknowledgments . . . 197

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'The dream is possible and promising! If you've dreamed of a children's ministry where children beg to come to church, applying the principles from this book will make your dream come true!' -- Christine Yount, , Executive Editor