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I Blew It!: The Biggest Mistakes I've Made in Kids's Ministry... and How You Can Avoid Them

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Brian Dollar is one of the most respected kids' pastors in the country, but few people know the path he's taken to learn his most important lessons. In this book, he opens his heart and his life to share his biggest failures. Some of the principles are about ministry philosophy, strategy, and communication, but the most important ones?the lessons that will make you laugh and melt your heart?are about the deeper qualities of fear and hope, pride and humility. As you read this book, trust God to change you from the...

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I Blew It!: The biggest mistakes I've made in kids's ministry... and how you can avoid them

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Overview

Brian Dollar is one of the most respected kids' pastors in the country, but few people know the path he's taken to learn his most important lessons. In this book, he opens his heart and his life to share his biggest failures. Some of the principles are about ministry philosophy, strategy, and communication, but the most important ones—the lessons that will make you laugh and melt your heart—are about the deeper qualities of fear and hope, pride and humility. As you read this book, trust God to change you from the inside out.

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Endorsements —Key endorsements from: Michael Chanley, Kenny Conley, Gina McClain, and Joy Bowen.

Reviews —Foreward by Jim Wideman

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936699865
  • Publisher: General Council of the Assemblies of God
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,433,163
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Dollar grew up as a "church brat." God radically saved him and called him to kids ministry. He has served as a kids pastor for twenty years and currently serves at First Assembly of God in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Under his leadership, the children's ministry of First NLR has grown from an average weekly attendance of 200 to an average attendance of over 600 children with a volunteer staff of over 150. Brian is the founder of High Voltage Kids Ministry Resources and produces curriculum and media resources that have been used in over 5,000 churches worldwide.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 13

Foreword 15

Introduction: Learning the Hard Way 17

Chapter 1 "I know where I'm going and how to get there." 25

My mistake: Accepting God's destination, but forging my own path to get there.

Chapter 2 "This is gonna be great!" 43

My mistake: Assuming every good idea is a God idea.

Chapter 3 "There's a Keystone Cop at Jesus' tomb!" 61

My mistake: Allowing my greatest strength to become my biggest liability.

Chapter 4 "They're just kids." 75

My mistake: Underestimating the potential of kids to change the world.

Chapter 5 "What do parents know about the Bible anyway?" 101

My mistake: Not recognizing the role of parents as the primary spiritual leaders of their- children.

Chapter 6 "Hi ho, Silver!" 117

My mistake: Trying to be the Lone Ranger instead of building a team.

Chapter 7 "Who cares about 'big church'?" 143

My mistake: Having tunnel vision and missing the big picture.

Chapter 8 "My senior pastor just doesn't get it." 157

My mistake: Ignoring my responsibility to develop a healthy relationship with my senior pastor.

Chapter 9 "I can't see a thing." 181

My mistake: Being blind to my weaknesses and flaws.

Chapter 10 "I can't try that!" 205

My mistake: Allowing fear to keep me from taking risks.

Chapter 11 "I'll take care of that tomorrow." 225

My mistake: Falling into the procrastination trap.

Chapter 12 "I can do this on my own." 235

My mistake: Becoming self-reliant instead of trusting God to use me.

Conclusion: What's Next? 249

Endnotes 251

About the Author 253

Resources for Kids Ministries 255

To Order More Copies 256

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