Irresistible: How to Engage Kids And Point Them to Jesus
By KidMin Nation (Editor: Tina Houser)
My rating: 5/5 stars – It was amazing!
Read: June 2018
This book is for you if… you lead or teach children in a Christian setting, you want to know how to help kids connect with Jesus, or you want to learn about engaging kids in a variety of ways.
|My thoughts: It happened again! I’m thrilled and honored by this opportunity to have a second chapter published in a KidMin Nation book (missed the first one about equipping parents for spiritual leadership? Check it out here.)! This second book is all about engaging kids so we can connect them with Jesus. Helping kids not only know about Jesus but also form a real relationship with Him is part of why I started Deeper KidMin in the first place, so this book had me saying “Amen!” and “Yes!” the whole way through.
The book includes chapters on engaging kids according to how they are uniquely wired (my chapter!), engaging them in worship and prayer, engaging boys, engaging the littles, engaging kids in missions, and so much more.
One of my favorite chapters came from Aaron Labarge, and it centered on engaging kids with object lessons and props. As kidmin leaders, we can never have too many object lessons. Aaron talks through the importance of using object lessons and shares a process for coming up with object lessons on your own. I love that rather than just giving us a list of object lessons he’s used, he equips us to come up with object lessons for our groups. You know the old saying… “Give a kidmin leader an object lesson, they have one Sunday planned. Teach them how to create their own object lessons, and Sunday is planned for a lifetime.” (or something like that)
I can never pick just one favorite chapter, and Joy Feemster’s chapter about prayer stuck out to me too. Even some adults have a difficult time with prayer, so reading Joy’s ideas on engaging kids through prayer and teaching them how (and why) to pray was awesome. I also LOVE prayer stations, and Joy shares a link to her Pinterest board full of prayer station ideas. I may just have to consult her next time I write one of my Prayer Station lessons for Valentine’s Day!
Also, shout out to my friend Corinne Noble over at KidMinCorinne.com – so fun to see her name and read her chapter about engaging kids from the stage! Love seeing my fellow kidmin bloggers share their wisdom and insight.
Order your own copy of the book here.