Have you ever read a book in a single sitting? Highlighting page after page, writing notes in the margin, and dog-earing pages you will need to work through later. This was my experience with Mark Harper’s new book, The Red Book, and I would add this book to every children’s ministry worker’s must read list.
With 45 mini-chapters, The Red Book offers fresh insights into volunteer recruitment, helping kids take their next steps in faith, time management, partnering with parents, and core children’s ministry leadership. Each chapter is soaking with God’s Word, reflective questions, and practical advice.
Here are a few of my favorite quotes:
“Many of our kids are great video-game evangelists. When they play a game that they like, they tell a friend.”
“If they (kids) can’t find a positive way to use their leadership, they will find a negative way to use their gift.”
“The kids that attend church weekly are stronger Christians.”
“Volunteers are the lifeblood of any kidmin program. I can survive without money, but I cannot survive without volunteers.”
“If you see a problem, come to your pastor with several solutions. Pastors like multiple-choice tests.”
In my favorite chapter, “How Come Kids Don’t Read the Bible?” Mark writes, “One day I asked for a show of hands, ‘How many of you read the Bible or have your parents read it to you every day?’ Out of 200 kids in my class, 30 hands went up. This was not good news. When I am having an 85 percent-failure rate, I can’t blame the kids; it’s a leadership issue.”
If you want to learn from Mark’s 35 years of ministry experience, pick up a copy of The Red Book! Mark has graciously offered to give away 5 copies through my blog so simply comment below to be entered to win!
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