Children’s minister and author Craig Jutila is one of nearly two dozen experienced ministry leaders who contributed to this highly practical handbook. The writers address foundational issues such as visioning, leader development, safety and partnering with parents. They describe teaching techniques that incorporate the arts and other activities to accommodate kinesthetic learners, (look for recipes for finger paint and modeling clay!). And they address the unique opportunities and challenges of age-specific ministries, including ‘special needs’ children. Each chapter features tools, tips, how-to’s, and things to think about. Work sheets, charts and advice grounded in real life experience abound. This resource is aimed at children’s ministry staff, volunteers, and leadership teams. Its insights on the importance of accommodating various learning styles would be of value to anyone looking to enhance their teaching toolkit.
Reviewed by Marie Fleming