The Red Book should be one of the top handbooks for children's ministry! It's a super easy read and anything but shallow!
Author Mark Harper has over 35 years of experience teaching children. His Super Church curriculum is used in over 5000 churches. What Mr. Harper has done is compile his knowledge of what works for effective children's ministry. So, what makes effective children's ministry?
1. Kids who stay in church.
Statistics say only about 20% of children who grow up in church will stay in church as an adult. Mr. Harper takes a long-term approach to teaching. He only has his students through 5th grade so he has established a set of 11 skills that he hopes all of his 5th graders learn during their time with him. Skills like the ability to do personal devotions, having confidence in their prayer lives, having a heart for the lost and passionately worshipping God. He spends a chapter explaining each skill. You will get a good glimpse of what works for him!
2. Kids who know the deep things of God.
The title of the book refers to the blood of Jesus because the blood of Jesus is as powerful in the 21st century as it was in the 1st. A lot of money is spent on media, activities and beautiful classrooms, but Bible illiteracy is rising. Mr. Harper encourages readers to teach the deep things of God. "If it's in the Bible you can preach it to kids." I LOVE THIS. Plus, he gives you 10 steps for preaching to kids.
3. Volunteers who want to be with you.
Mr. Harper spends much of the book teaching on effective leadership and volunteer recruitment. He unpacks what God spoke to him, "Never beg for workers. Let people experience the anointing that is on the kids' ministry, and let Me draw them to you." You will learn a lot of practical ways to build your team and work cohesively with all other ministries in your church.
The Red Book is available here: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=the+red+book+mark+harper