As 2012 draws to an end, I've been thinking about what have been my most used resources this year in ministry. So, in the spirit of giving, I'd like to share mine and I invite you to do the same!
Favorite web sites:
This is a comprehensive one stop shop that you can read blogs, ask questions, or discover new resources.
This web site is great for gathering creative ideas for any event/ministry. Also allows you to access all of Group Publishing's great resources.
http://ministry-to-children.com/. Another great site that allows you to create your own lessons using all of the various FREE elements on the site. You can even customize your search.
Deep & Wide: Andy Stanley. Though this is written primarily to Sr. Pastors, I gleaned so much information from this book. A definite thumbs up when it comes to leading your church to understand the value of existing for un-churched people. http://www.amazon.com/Deep-Wide-Creating-Unchurched-ebook/dp/B007JJENWG/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1355831446&sr=1-1&keywords=deep+%26+wide. You can read my review of this book at: http://www.imaginefamilyministries.com/1/post/2012/09/deep-wide-andy-stanley-book-review.html
Greater: Steven Furtick. Another powerful book on your influence and how to harness God's powerful call upon your life. http://www.amazon.com/Greater-Bigger-Smaller-Ignite-ebook/dp/B008QLXPAW/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1355831376&sr=8-2&keywords=greater
Formational Children's Ministry: Ivy Beckwith. This book will change the way you approach kidmin. Valuable. http://www.amazon.com/Formational-Childrens-Ministry-Relationship-ebook/dp/B0037CI7JY/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1355831495&sr=1-1&keywords=formational+children%27s+ministry
Leading Change Without Losing It: Carey Nieuwhof. I just started this book over the weekend and am not through it completely but it is shaping up to be my "go to" book this next year. Super practical advice on how you can lead change and what you can expect to encounter. This is the first of a series of three books. The format is user friendly and the advice is sage. http://www.amazon.com/Leading-Change-Without-Losing-ebook/dp/B00AAGM1KG/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1355831538&sr=1-1&keywords=change+without+losing+it
If you've not yet discovered this little gem, I highly suggest you get signed up ASAP! Creative, fun resources that will jazz up about anything you want to do. The other fun thing is that they often give you FREEBIES! Who doesn't love that?! Fun contests and prizes occur frequently too. Love how relevant they are.
This one has been one of my faves for quite a while now. This is a one stop shop full of creative lessons, music, games, etc. that are relevant to your ministry.
You can count on anything by Tina to get your creative juices flowing. Thoughts about creatively presenting Bible stories, etc. is just one of the reasons her resources are must haves for your ministry.
Favorite kid min mag:
This continues to dominate, in my opinion, in the kidmin area. Current, practical pieces along with fun products that are featured in this super mag.
How about you? What were your favorite ministry resources this year? Anybody read anything super practical on the FamMin front? (not just the theology or "why" but the "what")