Children's Ministry on Purpose
: Many children's ministries are a flurry of activity, run by dedicated volunteers and staff who put in long hours and work hard for the good of the children and parents they serve. Yet despite good intentions, many children's ministries...
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Many children's ministries are a flurry of activity, run by dedicated volunteers and staff who put in long hours and work hard for the good of the children and parents they serve. Yet despite good intentions, many children's ministries today are not effective. They lack purpose and intentionality.
A twenty-five year veteran of children's ministry in the local church, pastor Steve Adams has ministered to families in multiple churches, from tiny church plants to his present position at Saddleback Church. In this book, Steve applies the revolutionary insights of the Purpose Driven Church to children's ministry and leads readers on a journey of discovery, showing them how to develop an intentional ministry process that moves children toward spiritual health while building a healthy ministry environment for those who work with kids. You will learn how to ask and answer five simple but powerful questions:
Why are we on this journey? Where are you and where are you going? Who are we trying to reach? How will we move our children towards spiritual health? What are the essential elements necessary for the journey?
There is no single key to a successful children's ministry, nor is there only one way that works for everyone. But there is a proven process you can follow and Steve shows how children's ministries all over the world are reaching their God-given potential by discovering their biblical purpose, avoiding the traps of frustration and burnout.
- :introductionpart 1: Why Are We On This Journey?chapter 1: The Right Questions Lead To Great Discoverieschapter 2: Purposepart 2: What Do We Need In Order To Succeed On The Journey?chapter 3: Is Structure Really That Important?chapter 4: The Purpose Statementchapter 5: The Visionchapter 6: Team Valueschapter 7: The Team Principleschapter 8: The Goalspart 3: Who Are You Trying To Reach?chapter 9: Determining Your Target Audiencechapter 10: Investigate The Landscapechapter 11: Identify Your Target Audiencepart 4: How Will We Move Children Toward Spiritual Health?chapter 12: Balancing The Purposes Of The Church And Mapping Pathwayschapter 13: Making Connectionschapter 14: Eventschapter 15: Weekend Serviceschapter 16: Small Group Discipleshippart 5: Where Do We Go From Here?chapter 17: Plotting Your Ministrychapter 18: Charting The Coursechapter 19: Building Healthy Teamschapter 20: Communicating Creatively Through Themeschapter 21: Your First Two Years In Children?s Ministrychapter 22: Thoughts For Children?s Ministry Veteranschapter 23: Changing The Landscape Of Eternity