Three Resources to Help You Build a Healthy Kids’ Ministry

For you, your volunteers, and the children you minister to


by Mark Entzminger/ March 13, 2015

Leading a generation of kids to become healthy disciples who live out the journey of cradle-to-grave discipleship starts by building a healthy ministry.

A few weeks ago, I ran across a recent Barna study called Three Spiritual Journeys of Millennials, which illuminated the numbers of Millennials who are faithless in their twenties. Nearly one in three Millennials have no religious affiliation. Who are these young people? Were they ever religious? Did they grow up in church? How does this happen?

While some might find this discouraging, for me, it was a poignant reminder of the importance of investing in children through kids’ ministry. An effective kids’ ministry understands how critical it is to instill a foundation of what it means to be a Spirit-filled Christian early on in the life of a child.

Three Resources to Help You Build a Healthy Kids’ Ministry

If you’re looking for ways to build a healthier kids’ ministry this year, here are a few of my favorite resources:

1. Hardwired to Connect This book takes a “scientific approach” to building a healthy ministry. The authors introduce a new public policy and social science term—“authoritative communities”—to describe the ten essential traits across social institutions that produce better outcomes for children.

2. Dreaming of More for the Next Generation This resource provides a fresh approach to spiritual formation in the lives of kids and their families. Dr. Michelle Anthony shares stories that will inspire you and provide the tools you need to partner with parents to equip them as spiritual leaders in their homes, position children to move toward a lifetime of faith, and create intentional space for the kids in your care to meet Jesus.

3. Pulse This book provides practical wisdom and innovative ideas from the field. In addition to practical advice, Pulse tackles crucial matters of spiritual and professional development, leadership growth, and foundation building for long-term ministry fruitfulness.

While the numbers of Millennials who are leaving the faith are troubling, it only reinforces the importance of the ministry you are cultivating every day. I hope these resources encourage you and help you build a life-changing children’s ministry.

Which book has made the largest impact on your ministry to date?