Children's Ministry in the 21st Century
Children's Ministry in the 21st Century
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Stay relevant—and lead your ministry into the future! Discover what ministry experts say about eight strategic areas your ministry must address...then move your ministry forward by using the practical activities provided.
By Group Publishing

Get ready for what's coming next in Children's Ministry...
Here's how.

Ten front-line Children's Ministry experts peeked out over the horizon to identify ten trends shaping ministry in the next ten years.
See inside to discover...
How current culture is rewiring kids' brains--and secrets for connecting with children
The latest education trends embraced by schools--and how they'll impact your Sunday school
Morphing Children's Ministry into Family Ministry--and how that supersizes your impact
What kinds of children are about to land in your ministry--and how to be ready for them
Plus six more must-know insights--and practical activities that help you take advantage of shifting trends in your Children's Ministry.

Be prepared.
It's good advice for scouts...and even better advice for you.
Table of Contents:
Foreword by Christine Yount Jones
Using This Resource

Chapter 1
Not of This World
The Times They Are a-Changin’ by Rick Chromey
Try This by Larry Shallenberger

Chapter 2
The Rewiring of Kids’ Brains
The Wired Child by Dale Hudson
Try This by Steve Parolini

Chapter 3
Hottest Educational Trends
What’s New (Relatively Speaking) by Heather Dunn
Try This by Scott Kinner

Chapter 4
How to Minister to Kids of All Kinds
Tomorrow’s Kids by Pat Verbal
Try This by Janna Kinner

Chapter 5
Family Ministry for the New Century
Built to Last by Carmen Kamrath
Try This by Dana Wilkerson

Chapter 6
Reaching the Edges: Preschoolers and Preteens
Reaching the Next Generation of Preschoolers by Sondra Saunders
Try This by Becki Manni
Reaching-and Keeping—Today’s Preteens by Ty Bryant
Try This by Becki Manni

Chapter 7
Church for Postmodern Kids
The Emergent Church by Sharyn Spradlin
Try This by Vicki L.O. Witte

Chapter 8
Emerging Ministry Trends
A Change in the Weather by Jim Wideman
The 21st-Century Digital Age by Craig Jutila
Try This by Debbie Gowensmith

Appendix: Group Publishing’s Children’s Ministry Resources
The fact that you picked up this book in the first place says a lot about you.  You’re committed to children, and you’re committed to God.  You obviously care about pursuing the most effective, trend-sensitive, need-meeting children’s ministry possible—or you wouldn’t be reading this book.  You care about making the gospel relevant to kids and connecting with them in ways that are culturally relevant—ways they’ll understand and hear so God can invade their lives.
Everything around us is changing.  Culture.  Kids.  Families.  Ministry methods.  How can we keep up?
You’ve most likely heard the tongue-in-cheek use of the verse “We shall not all sleep for we shall be changed” in the nursery.  It’s highly likely that verse could be used throughout our entire children’s ministries!  Change.  We’re moving at what seems like the speed of light at times, and it affects our ministry today and tomorrow.
That’s what this book is about.  We asked top children’s ministers to dive into the information you need, to flesh it out with their years of experience, and to guide us s we move into the 21st century.  So, in the next pages of this book, you’ll hear from experts such as Pat Verbal, Craig Jutila, Jim Wideman, Rick Chromey, and more.  The people whose words and ideas appear in this book are wise students of kids, their culture, and making the gospel relevant for today.
We believe that God passionately loves children and has a special place in his heart for them.  We believe that children are the church of today and deserve every attention and effort that’s possible in order to share with them the love of God.  We believe kids can have a thriving, wonderful relationship with Jesus and that they need Jesus’ friends like you to help them...

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