A friend recently contacted me for advice (despite knowing I don’t give advice). She had accepted the call to be the chair of her church’s search committee for a children’s minister. She asked about some book resources on children’s ministry. I gave her some titles, but cautioned that I was not sure a book will be of much help. I mentioned that if she interviewed a good, experienced children’s director, that person can recommend some books that could reflect their own approach to children’s ministry.
By the end of our conversation I offered some concrete things to consider for the search committee to prepare for their interviews with prospective children’s ministers:
Finally, hire a quality person who can provide a quality program, and provide the resources they need to succeed. While a love for children and a passion for children’s ministry is important, all things being equal, there’s no substitute for a theologically-trained children’s educator.
Israel Galindo is Associate Dean for Lifelong Learning at the Columbia Theological Seminary. He directs the Pastoral Excellence Program at Columbia seminary. He is the author of the bestseller, The Hidden Lives of Congregations (Alban), Perspectives on Congregational Leadership (Educational Consultants), and A Family Genogram Workbook (Educational Consultants), with Elaine Boomer & Don Reagan, and Leadership in Ministry: Bowen Theory in the Congregational Context.
His books on education include Mastering the Art of Instruction,The Craft of Christian Teaching (Judson), How to be the Best Christian Study Group Leader (Judson), and Planning for Christian Education Formation (Chalice Press).