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One of the partner projects I’ve been involved in for quite a while now has been  This is a site dealing specifically with unique issues of being a volunteer or bivocational children’s leader.  Sadly, those of us who pioneered this site have moved on to other responsibilities and we have announced that the site will be ending.  However, there were many great things created through that ministry.  One of those was a radio show for children’s leaders that deal with issues specific to volunteers and bivocational leaders.  I thought it would be fun to revisit those shows one-by-one.  The first show was simply an introduction to the contributors so I’ve chosen to skip it.

Books on shelf

Episode 2 was a show dedicated to resources available in children’s ministry.  I’ve compiled a pretty extensive list based on the show.  I’ve attempted to include links when available.

Books About Children

  • Come Ye Children, Charles Spurgeon

Books About Children’s Ministry

  • Collaborate Family + Church, Michael Chanley plus 35
  • What Matter’s Now in Children’s Ministry
  • Think Orange, Reggie Joiner
  • Fabulous Reinvention of Sunday School, Aaron Reynolds
  • Shift, What It Takes To Finally Reach Families Today, Brian Haynes
  • Transforming Children in Spiritual Champions, George Barna
  • Turbo Charged, Dale Hudson & Scott Werner
  • Turbo Charged Preschool, Dale Hudson & Scott Werner
  • Children’s Ministry Leadership You Can Do It Guide, Jim Wideman
  • Lead the Way God Made You, Larry Shallenberger
  • Rock Solid Kids, Larry Fowler
  • Rock Solid Volunteers, Larry Fowler
  • Making Children’s Ministry The Best Hour of Every Kid’s Week, Sue Miller and David Staal
  • Volunteers that Stick, Jim Wideman
  • Kidology Teacher Handbook, Karl Bastian
  • Love & Logic for Teachers, Jim Fay & David Funk
  • Building Children’s Ministry: A Practical Guide, Tina Houser
  • Words Kids Need to Hear, David Staal

Books Related to Special Needs

  • You Mean I’m Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?, Kate Kelly & Peggy Ramundo
  • Fidget to Focus, Roland Rotz and Sarah Wright

Books for Help With Lesson Preparation

  • The Gospel for Children, John Leuzarder
  • The Bible Story Handbook: A Resource for Teaching 175 Stories from the Bible, John & Kim Walton

Kids’ Bibles

  • ESV Children’s Bible
  • Adventurer’s Bible
  • Jesus Storybook Bible
  • Veggietale Bible

Books for Parents

  • Parenting Beyond Your Capacity, Reggie Joiner & Carey Nieuwhof
  • Big Truths For Young Hearts, Bruce Ware
  • Shepherding A Child’s Heart, Tedd Tripp
  • Connect With Your Kids, Jim Wideman
  • Spiritual Parenting, Michelle Anthony
  • Parenting with Love & Logic, Foster Cline & Jim Fay
  • Leading Your Child to Jesus: How Parents Can Talk to Their Kids About Faith, David Staal
  • How to Really Love Your Child, Ross Campbell
  • Raising A Modern Day Knight, Robert Lewis
  • Better Dads, Stronger Sons, Rick Johnson
  • Real World Parents, Mark Matlock
  • Sacred Parenting, Gary Thomas


  • ESV Study Bible
  • Systematic Theology, Wayne Grudem



Podcasts – Children’s Ministry Related


  • K! Magazine (Kidz Matter – Ryan Frank / Tina Houser)
  • Children’s Ministry Magazine (Group)


  • Amber Sky Records
  • Yancy
  • Hillsong
  • The Lads
  • Seeds Family Worship
  • Gods Kids Worship (Bob Singleton)
  • Phil Joel
  • The Village Church (free kids songs)