Children’s Ministry Tool Box
CDM strengthens the church by connecting you to the resources you need for Children’s Ministry!
This toolbox of includes resources we have gathered from PCA churches across the country and resources our Children’s Ministry Team have developed to strengthen your church.
If you have a resource you would be willing to share or a resource you would like us to develop, we want to hear from you. Email us.
The information below comes in PDF, Word doc, on-site articles, off-site pages or website and links to videos. Click the title of interest to view, download and /or print or watch.
How can you be a part of CDM’s Children’s Ministry Certification Program?
To find out more information about CDM’s Children’s Ministry Certification go to: certification.pcacdm.org/
This is CDM’s GROW Children’s Ministry with Purpose Podcast.
CDM’s mission is to strengthen the Church through connection. Through this podcast, want to connect you with our Children’s Ministry Team and other leaders. We also want to connect you with resources to help grow your ministry to children. You are not alone. We want to help you remember that you are a part of God’s covenant community and your investment in the little ones really does matter to God.
Because We want to be more than Childcare —COMING SOON
Philosophy of Children’s Ministry—COMING SOON
Children’s Ministry Certification website CDM’s Certification Program is theological and practical training for non-ordained staff or volunteers who are currently serving in children’s ministry within the local church. Whether your church is 50 or 5000 people, this certification program will impact your church by developing and enhancing your Children’s Ministry.
Meet CDM’s Children’s Ministry Leadership Team
More Resources will be COMING SOON!
At CDM, we are always developing new resources to help your church minister to children.
Teach Me to Worship – A Complete Lesson Walk-Through
From Garden to Glory for Kids your children can study the same things their mothers are studying in women’s Bible study.
With clarity and beautiful illustrations, The Good Shepherd’s Pasture explains to both children and their parents the rich covenantal theology of baptism in story form using the metaphor of The Good Shepherd’s Pasture for the Church.
Disclaimer: The resources and ministries on this page are not comprehensive or an affiliate of CDM. Our goal is to connect you to resources that may be helpful, but CDM is not endorsing any of these organizations.
“Child Protection in the PCA”
All church leaders should become informed and take an active stance toward preventing child sexual abuse in the church by screening staff and volunteers, training them in child protection, and actively maintaining child protection policies pertaining to our obligations to love our children and protect their rightful interests as God’s image-bearers from the devastating actions of abusers. (Matthew 18:5-6)
From Overture 6 – Georgia Foothills Presbytery
Preventing Child Abuse by Beth A Swagman (Helps churches and nonprofit organizations develop policies and procedures to protect children and youth.)
Safekeeping by Henni Helleman, Patricia J Vos (An age-appropriate two-session abuse prevention curriculum for grades K-8.)
BACKGROUND SEARCH ORGANIZATIONS:
MinistrySafe is another online ministry that trains church staff and volunteers in the area of child abuse prevention. They offer a special discount for PCA Churches.
Protect My Ministryoffers complete background check and volunteer screening services for churches. Used by General Assembly.
USAFact Reliable, accurate and affordable background checks, drug testing, tenant screening and loan origination services.
Covenant Presbyterian Church in Harrisonburg, VA, has developed a thorough system and set of resources to protect children in their church. In addition, they have provided various forms for everything from a children’s ministry volunteer application and youth ministry staff applications, to a background check waiver. They have generously allowed us to share their resources with you. Check out their many resources here.
Brotherhood Mutual Insurance provides an Online library of safety and risk management materials created especially for churches and related ministries. The website has articles, checklists, guidebooks and tools, publications, sample forms, and training.
MinistrySafe is another online ministry that trains church staff and volunteers in the area of child abuse prevention.
Adults Protecting Children, Inc. gives parents and organizations the tools they need to protect children from sexual abuse. They also equip adults to know how to recognize the signs of abuse and empower them to react responsibly to a disclosure, discovery or a suspicion of abuse.
Child Safety Policies
Great Commission Publications VBS Curriculums:
The King is Coming! Sound the trumpets and prepare the way! God’s everlasting covenant begins with creation and is fulfilled with the King’s eternal reign.
The Race is On is designed to serve as an encouragement to your covenant children to continue faithfully running the Race set before them. In addition, we pray that many others will join this life-changing Race for the first time as the Holy Spirit changes their hearts.
Faith Expedition God’s Treasure Revealed is an exciting adventure, taking children across time through the lives of Moses, David, Daniel, Matthew, Paul and Silas.
Other Recommended VBS Curriculums:
Road Rally: Covenant PCA could not find a program that was a really good fit for them. They wanted something decidedly reformed in nature, that taught Biblical principles clearly and without compromise, with material accessible and challenging to both “churched” and “unchurched” children. At the same time, they wanted a program that was still full of fun and excitement and was presented more like a day camp rather than following a classroom model.
We are pleased to say that we believe “Road Rally” VBS does all of the above and more! Because children are broken up into small “Pit Crews” and rotate through different “Pit Stops” children get individual attention whether you have a smaller VBS with 20 to 30 children, or a larger program of 600 or more children.
It is our prayer for you that Road Rally VBS will be used by the Holy Spirit to reveal to children that Jesus is the way, and to challenge both adults and kids to follow Him.
Scottish Sleuths Vacation Bible School Curriculum: This VBS series has been designed to present the gospel of Jesus Christ to children through a week-long, intensive study of God’s Word.
What if your VBS children—churched and unchurched—came away from VBS knowing…
- how much we need God’s mercy and grace
- that God is daily pursuing us to be in a love relationship with Him
- God is the One who turns us around in repentance and obedience
- how far God has gone in His determination to save us for Himself
And they learned it in an atmosphere of fun, adventure, and excitement?!
Summer Seaquest is a unique VBS curriculum written from a Reformed perspective, with in-depth Bible Lessons, engaging Scripture Memory, daily Gospel Presentation, and meaningful service, that’s loved by kids and adults alike. Take your VBS kids deep into the book of Jonah with Summer Seaquest to meet the Sovereign God who saves!
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ARTICLES & BOOKS ABOUT FAMILY WORSHIP:
- Teaching Your Children to Worship by Covenant Pres. in Chattanooga, TN.
- Parenting in the Pew by Robbie Castleman
- Rediscovering Family Worship by Jerry Marcellino
- Family Worship by Joel Beeke
- Family Worship Book by Terry Johnson
- Helping Parents Grow Their Children in Faith by Lisa Updike
ARTICLES ABOUT IMPORTANT ISSUES:
- Kids, Porn and the Heart Article from ByFaith Magazine (AUGUST, 2015)
- Gospel-Powered Parenting by William P. Farley
- Parenting By God’s Promises by Joel Beeke
- Your Home: A Place of Grace by Susan Hunt
- You Are Ministers by John W Neal
- Train Up a Child by S. Windham (Thomas Kay)
BOOKS TO GROW KID’S FAITH:
- The Bible is NOT Boring by Lisa Updike
- Church is NOT Boring by Lisa Updike
- God’s Alphabet for Life by Joel Beeke and Heidi Boorsma
- My ABC Bible Verses by Susan Hunt
- The Child’s Story Bible by Catherine Vos
- The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones
- Rediscovering Catechism by Donald Van Dyken
- Grandpa’s Box by Starr Meade
- Training Hearts, Teaching Minds by Starr Meade
- Understanding the Faith by Stephen Smallman
- God’s Promises by Sally Michaels
- God’s Names by Sally Michaels
- Dinner Table Devotions by Nancy Guthrie
- Heart of the Home CD Study by Priscilla Stewart & Sue Jakes