Starting out in Children's Ministry

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Packed with encouragement and essential skills for anyone involved in leading or helping with children's ministry or Sunday School

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“I’m going to be a brilliant children’s leader. God is lucky to have me!”

Is this you? If so, this isn’t the book for you. But maybe you’re the opposite? You’re a bit nervous about getting involved with children, you've had no formal training and you’re not sure that God can use you to do anything much.

If so, this book will encourage you, give you some essential (and simple) skills, and thrill you with the joy and privilege of sharing the good news about Jesus with the next generation, whether you've been doing it for a long time or are just starting out.

If you are a children's worker, why not suggest this book to your team of volunteers, many of whom may not have had any formal training?

Alison Mitchell is convinced that teaching young people about Jesus is the best job in the world. She has trained literally thousands of children's workers over the past 30 years and is passionate about helping others to get as excited about children's ministry as she is.

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  • How to use this book
  • 1: The chapter everyone wants to read first
  • 2: Why children's ministry?
  • 3: Why you?
  • 4: Being part of a team
  • 5: Digging into the Bible
  • 6: Focus the fun
  • 7: Staying safe
  • 8: The best job in the world!


Author Alison Mitchell
ISBN 9781784980153
Format Paperback
First published January 2016
Dimensions 152mm x 229mm x 4.8mm
Language English
Pages 80
Publisher The Good Book Company

Here is a great book for those working with children. It allows the Bible to shape its thinking whilst being wonderfully practical: this is distilled wisdom from a master-practitioner. There are so many strengths:
• it shows how a Bible passage can be broken down and taught, inspiring confidence to have a go
• the layout is in short, easy-to-read chapters
• the material could easily be used for Sunday School training - there is free team-training material on the Good Book website
• it could be used by any size of church.
I could go on. Suffice to say why not buy it and see for yourself.  I know of nothing better and cannot praise it too highly.

Ian Fry

Families Pastor and former director of Youth and Children's Ministry at Oak Hill College

What a joy to find such a short book that packs so much in! From cover to cover, there is everything a new Sunday School leader needs to start thrilling children with Jesus Christ. I will be using this book to train our young leaders, one to one, a chapter at a time. Thank you!

Ed Drew

Children's Worker, Dundonald Church, UK

This book is easy to read, well written, practical, engaging and inspiring. It's
everything I want to say to my teams. The 'prayer pause' takes it from being a
book about learning how to do children's ministry to actually doing children's
ministry straight away!

Jane Watkins

Head of Children's Work, Above Bar Church, Southampton, UK

Independent reviews

Gave me fresh joy and heaps of help

Robin Ham, September 5th 2016

The book is only eight chapters, each one short and sweet, but between them they cover a rich sweep of pretty much everything you’d want introduced. Ranging from the general (‘Why Children’s Ministry?’) to the specific (‘Digging into the Bible’ and ‘Staying safe’), they’re an engaging blend of input, questions & activities, personal examples and prayer points.... continue reading

Kids' Company?

Sara Reid, Evangelicals Now, May 1st 2016

It is short, easy to read and engaging. Alison lays out the biblical basis for our work with children in church and the book is full of sensible and practical ideas. She honestly recognises that many children’s workers worry about issues of discipline, and helpfully explains that this is not a separate issue, but underlies our planning, teamwork and enabling children to focus on and hear the gospel. Throughout the book there are helpful ‘discipline tips’ and a focus on praying for the children that we know through regular ‘prayer pauses’ in each chapter. It is so good to be encouraged to pray for the children in our groups even while reading the book.... continue reading

Customer reviews

“Every children's worker should read this!”

I go back to this book again and again for training my teams. It is very clear and practical. It is a must to read for anyone anyone involved in children's ministry.


“Really practical”

This is a super helpful little book which covers all the most important aspects of children’s ministry. I read through it with our gap year students in the autumn term and it works really well as a springboard for the year.


“An excellent book for all involved in children's work”

This is an excellent book that I buy to give to volunteer children's workers and use it in training. It is suitable for those who are starting out as well as those with many years' experience.



An excellent book, that presents information in a clear and concise way with points for us to think about, and take action on.


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Starting out in Children's Ministry | Alison Mitchell | $11.99