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Energizing Your Children's Ministry

by Cynthia Brown

Item #: 124493 / 2016 / Paperback / 128 Pages


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Seasoned ministry leaders know that volunteers are hard to find. Parents are often busy and stressed. Youth workers get confused and burnt out. It’s easy to be discouraged by or question the impact of your church’s children’s ministry!

Cynthia Brown, author of Energizing Your Children’s Ministry, deeply understands the eternal significance of children’s ministry. That’s why she gathered her vast experience (over 40 years in children’s ministry) and personal anecdotes into a practical tool for church workers and volunteers who are passionate about outreach to God’s littlest disciples.

She starts with the foundational understanding that re-evaluating your children’s ministry is as basic as your ABCDs: assess your church’s needs, build relationships, create a leadership team, and then define the focus.
These crucial steps are key in creating and leading children’s programs that inspire and educate children and their families.

So whether you teach Sunday school, VBS, preschool, or another children’s ministry, this inspiring book will encourage you to intentionally and prayerfully reach children with the Good News of the Gospel.


Energizing Your Children's Ministry is an excellent resource for churches seeking to understand how to organize their children's ministry. Leaders who are either new to ministry, revitalizing their children's ministry, or desiring to train their teams to better understand the scope of children's ministry will benefit from this quality resource.”
— Dr. David L. Rueter, Associate Professor of Christian Education and DCE Program Director, Concordia University, Irvine; author of Teaching the Faith at Home (CPH 2016)

“Cynthia Brown invites you to grab a cup of coffee and sit down for an intriguing discussion in an often-overlooked area of the church—children's ministry. You may wonder what questions you would ask this veteran of front-line ministry with children and their families. But no worries; she supplies fourteen critical questions (and answers) that guide the children's ministry novice, volunteer, veteran, or professional on a journey that will energize ministry with children and their families. Professor Brown outlines a biblically based, relationally focused process, which helps you develop direction, plan and organize, recruit and train others, to move your vision forward in children's ministry!”
—Dr. Steve Christopher, Family Life Program Director, Concordia University, Ann Arbor, MI

“Wouldn't it be incredible if every child and family the Lord gave us the opportunity to serve was welcomed warmly, taught with joyful enthusiasm, and was excited to participate every Sunday and bring their friends? If your children's ministry needs some energizing, this book by Cynthia Brown could become your new best friend with resources and blueprints for considering and guiding change. Every family ministry or children’s ministry leader (lay or professional) would benefit from reading it personally and then recruiting a group of committed volunteers to read it together and begin looking at positive steps that can be taken to energize children's ministry in the local congregation. One size doesn't fit all, and the people best equipped to solve the challenges of ministry are those who live it every week in their own church. This book can help with that.
This is a timeless and timely book designed to help all of us 'up our game' so that precious children are brought to Jesus without hindrance. I can’t wait to order multiple copies and get a group going to consider how we might better serve families and energize ministry to children at my church. Thank you to Cynthia Brown and Concordia Publishing House for a book that brings research, ideas, and practical wisdom all together in one place for all of us to use!”
—Jill Hasstedt, DCE, Zion Lutheran Church and School, Belleville, IL

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Children's ministry help for all denominations

The author's humility, passion, and commitment to children's ministry comes through on every page-it is like sitting down and having a discussion with you. I resonated with her encouragement to re-focus the main-mission of children's ministry as being to assist parents in the spiritual training of their own children. The other sections I found of particular interest were:  Page 108-111: tips on both preventative and intervention disciple.  Page 113 -115: Age level characteristics and learning styles.  Page 121: Opening sentences "Knowing how to lead a well-run organization is truly a gift from God. But knowing how to administer a program with God's love front and center is "still more excellent."  Page 139-147: How to prepare to teach other children: Excellent for new teachers and a great review for experienced teachers.  Page 176-178: Addressing conflict. Areas of conflict are too easily avoided but, unless addressed, will have a negative pull on any ministry. By the breath of what the book covers, I could see some children ministry leaders initially being discouraged at all the items they may not have considered, but it IS all necessary to have considered.

A must-read for children ministry leaders

This book enables the reader to see both the “big picture” and the smaller details needed for a successful children’s ministry program. Its easy-to-read format with reproducible discussion guides and checklists is equally valuable for church workers and for volunteers, for experienced workers and for those just beginning. The personal, everyday examples provide clarity in explaining concepts and help the reader feel as though they are meeting the author face-to-face. This is a must-read for anyone interested in Children’s Ministry! Dr. Patricia Rose, Concordia University Chicago

Wonderful Book

This is a wonderful resource for those who work or volunteer in Children's Ministry. It offer practical advice for laying a healthy foundation and creating a ministry that will partner with parents and help children grown in their friendship with Jesus. I enjoyed reading it and couldn't wait to share with with others.

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