5 Amazing Books to Read This Summer to Make You Awesome at Ministry


BooksfixedNow that summer’s here, you may find
yourself with some spare time to read while traveling or simply
enjoying some time outside at a park. If so, we’ve come up with
five great reads that will make you even more awesome at ministry
than you already are! These books have great insights and tips to
help you take your ministry to the next level, just in time for
when school starts back and a new church year begins.

Here’s your 2013 summer reading


  1. Children’s Ministry Volunteers That

    Children’s pastor Jim Wideman offers his practical strategies for
    any size church. Learn the secrets of retention and ideas that
    really work…instill proven leadership skills…and grow your
    church volunteers to be happy, inspired, and in it for the long
    haul. Complete with photocopiable resources that will prove
    invaluable. Learn to recruit like Jesus!

  2. Children’s Ministry That Works (Revised and

    Overflowing with expert insights from over 25 successful
    children’s ministry leaders, you’re guaranteed to find solutions
    for every area of your ministry! This book has it all, from tips on
    partnering with parents to developing a successful after-school

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  3. The Quick Guide to Discipline for Children’s
    Ministry: 101 Good Ideas for Bad Behavior

    This is one
    book that’s efficient and easy to use!
    There’s one discipline issue featured per page with instant
    solutions in this quick-flip reference guide. I gave this book to a
    children’s director I knew was having issues-and was told it really
    made a difference.

  4. Children’s Ministry

    Okay, I’ll admit this isn’t a book, but it doesn’t mean this isn’t
    a must-read for those in children’s ministry. Children’s Ministry
    Magazine is packed with practical, authentic ministry ideas to help
    you change children’s lives forever. You’ll get sound advice and
    encouragement from today’s children’s ministry experts, plus
    hundreds of ideas to create a program that’ll have kids begging to
    come back! And now Children’s Ministry Magazine is digital…check it

  5. Lead the Way God Made You: Discovering
    Your Leadership Style in Children’s Ministry

    This practical guide helps you discover your
    personal leadership style so you can maximize your strengths. As
    you and your ministry team take the reproducible self-assessment
    test in this book, you’ll discover how to make your team more
    productive…more effective…and more fun! Written by Larry
    Shallenberger, this book will show you there’s no such thing as a
    perfect leader.


So there you are, five great reads for
your summer. What books are on your summer reading list? When’s the
last time your ministry team read a book together? What would you
recommend to newcomers to the ministry? Let us know your
suggestions in the comment section below!


About Author

David Jennings

David has served kids around the world for the majority of his life. From Texas to Romania, he has followed where God has led him. Most recently, he served for six years as a children's director in the great state of Alabama before moving to Colorado to work for Group as an associate editor. He is now serving in the church again! Our loss is kids' gain!

1 Comment

  1. Children's Ministry Magazine
    trisha chalk on

    i am already reading "lead the way God made you" and i would highly recommend it! i am doing it as a study with my nursery director and kids church director and it has already made us a better team!

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