Your Children’s Ministry Summer Reading List (and Giveaway!)

Your Children’s Ministry Summer Reading List (and Giveaway!)

Summertime is fast approaching and, while summer can often be a very busy season, it can also be a great time to catch up on some reading. For the Children’s Ministry Leader, that means taking the time to read some of the best books on leading our ministry effectively.

Here are three of the best books we recommend that every Children’s Ministry Leader should read (all were included in our recent post called 10 Great Books Every Children’s Ministry Leader Should Read. And we’re giving away a copy of each one…skip to the bottom of this post to see details on how you can enter.

Your Children’s Ministry Summer Reading List

1. How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge by Clay Scroggins

One of the greatest myths of leadership is that you must be in charge in order to lead. This can be especially true for Children’s Ministry Leaders. But it’s just not true, and great leaders don’t buy it. Great leaders lead with or without the authority and learn to unleash their influence wherever they are.

What you will learn: how to nurture your vision and cultivate influence, even when you lack authority in your organization.


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2. Children’s Ministry on Purpose by Steve Adams

In this terrific book by Steve Adams, Children’s Pastor at Saddleback Church, you will learn how to ask and answer five simple but powerful questions:

  • Why are we on this journey?
  • Where are you and where are you going?
  • Who are we trying to reach?
  • How will we move our children towards spiritual health?
  • What are the essential elements necessary for the journey?

Questions we all need to answer as Children’s Ministry Leaders.

What you will learn: A proven process to follow to lead Children’s Ministry on purpose.

3. Sustainable Children’s Ministry by Mark DeVries & Annette Safstrom

A brand new book (literally just published this week!) which focuses on helping the Children’s Ministry Leader go from last-minute scrambling (we’ve all been there!) to long-term solutions (not all of us have found that sweet spot). This book offers practical, foundational advice for creating ministry designed to last for the long-term.

What you will learn: how to recruit volunteers, partner with parents, navigate politics, and care for your own soul instead of frantically scrambling to do it all yourself.


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A winner will be chosen randomly on Monday, June 17.


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Greg Baird
Founder of Children's Ministry Leader at Children's Ministry Leader
My passion is seeing the lives of children transformed. I believe the best way to do that is to equip leaders in the local church to serve children, volunteers and parents to invest in the lives of children at church and in the home. That’s what we do here at Children’s Ministry Leader – equip leaders to create healthy Children’s & Family Ministry.
I serve as the Vice President of Global Resources in the Global Mission department at David C. Cook.

I love what I do as it is the outflow of 25 years of ministry experience as Children’s, Family & Administrative Pastor, consultant, trainer, speaker and short-term missions leader.

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