What Matters Now – Early Childhood Edition

Wayne Stocks —  October 18, 2011

imageIn May of 2010, a valuable new resource was made available to the children’s ministry community called, “What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry?”  Designed to spark conversations and get people thinking, the free book did just that.  The original team has gotten back together and recently released the second installment in the series entitled:

What Matters Now In Children’s Ministry – Early Childhood Edition

This newest book (available as a free pdf file at http://www.cmwhatmatters.com/) includes submissions from 21 children’s ministry contributors from a variety of backgrounds and perspective.  The writers of Kidmin1124 were pleased to contribute to the book and comprise roughly 10% of the submissions (in other words, both Barbara Graves and myself have an article in the book).  Make sure to download the book today and find articles on:

  1. APPLICATION by CLAYTON HURST
  2. ASSUME by SUSAN HUGHES
  3. ATTACHMENT by PAUL INENG
  4. AWE by BARBARA GRAVES
  5. EPIC by MATT GUEVARA
  6. FAMILY by CASS BRANNAN
  7. FOUNDATION by WAYNE STOCKS
  8. INCLUSIVE by NOEL GUEVARA
  9. INTENTIONALITY by RHONDA HASLETT
  10. MISSIONAL by JESSE SMITH
  11. MORE by ANDY HAYBALL
  12. OPENNESS by AMY DOLAN
  13. PARTNERSHIPS by LORI BETHRAN
  14. PRESENCE by DAVE CSINOS
  15. RELATIONSHIPS by BRIANNE FRIBERG
  16. RHYTHM by MELISSA WIRE
  17. SPACE by HENRY ZONIO
  18. SPONGE by JENNY WULBECKER
  19. TRUTH by JENNY FUNDERBURKE
  20. VALIDATION by JILLCREW
  21. WHOLEHEARTED by KATHYMORRISSEY

I would encourage you to download the book.  Read through the whole book first.  Then, read one chapter per day.  Spend some time praying and seeking God’s will in that area for your own preschool ministry.  Write down what you are discovering.  Share it with others.  Find other people to discuss these important topics with or leave comments here to engage the authors of Kidmin1124.  In a little over four work weeks, you will get through the entire book.  Thanks to Amy Dolan, Matt Guevara, Henry Zonio and Jill Crew for making this amazing resource available.

Wayne Stocks

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Wayne is married to a wonderful woman and has four kids whom God uses to teach him on an almost daily basis. He is blessed to volunteer in a wonderful children's ministry at New Life Church Gahanna. He established Kidmin1124 for those who give their time to kids and feel passionately about children's ministry. When he isn't working on Kidmin1124, he maintains another blog at WayneStocks.com and contributes articles on a regular basis to Ministry-to-Children.com.

2 responses to What Matters Now – Early Childhood Edition

  1. Thanks! I will definitely be downloading.

    From where I am working (in an after school program in an impoverished area), I have become more and more convinced that the long-term “battle” will be won by reaching children (and their parents) who are preschool age.

    I wrote about that here: http://missionallendale.wordpress.com/2011/07/13/educational-success-what-age-should-we-focus-on/

  2. Charol McDonald October 21, 2011 at 5:59 am

    Wondering why the first page of this new book is in “portrait” format while the rest of the book is in “landscape” format…this would be from the free download…Can this be changes??