Borrowing Brains: Children’s Ministry Philosophy

I’m addressing the development of children’s ministries in the local church (and especially the church plant) at an upcoming conference. I’ve given the topic a lot of thought in the past, but I’d like to consider some helpful resources, as well. What have you read (books, online articles, etc.) that is particularly helpful in developing a philosophy and strategy for children’s ministry?

Thanks in advance for any help you can give!


7 Responses

  1. Chris,

    Bob Roberts of Kids4Truth is going to be in our church speaking all day Sunday, and will be speaking at our conference on Monday. The Sunday talks will be available soon on our church audio site (, and the Monday session will be available on the conference site in a few weeks ( All of the sessions will be on philosophy of children’s ministry.

  2. Chris,

    A little less on topic, but I thought this article was interesting in what we teach (or don’t).

    I have also found some of the material here to be helpful:

    Related Interview

    This might offer a helpful contrasting perspective for you, too.

  3. is a helpful site by a Southern grad. He surveys a lot of material, etc. and has a helpful description of most all of the VBS material presently published.

  4. Thanks, fellas. I appreciate it.

    Anyone know if 9Marks/CHBC has anything available? Ben?

  5. I don’t think we have anything published (yes), but if you call and tell the children’s ministry folks that you’ve heard great things about our Praise Factory, you might be able to get your hands on something. Maybe. I dunno.

    I wholeheartedly recommend K4T though.

  6. (yes) should’ve been (yet)

  7. We used K4T at my old church and my wife and I loved it. Its like Baptist Catechism!
    I thought it did a much better job at teaching doctrine than some other children’s programs we were familiar with.
    At the end of the day, do we want our kids being taught truth, or entertained?

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