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What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry

Back in December, Seth Godin released a free eBook entitled What Matters Now. He had gathered 70 leaders from various disciplines and asked them to share an idea each thought people should think about in 2010.

In a matter of days of Godin’s release, I get this DM from Matt Guevara asking if I’ve seen Godin’s book and proposing that he, Amy Dolan and I put our heads together and come up with something similar for children’s ministry. My answer was a wholehearted “Yes!”

Fast forward a few months, some Skype calls, emails to a number of our friends, uploading and downloading files to Dropbox, and working with the generous people at Imago… and what started as tweets among 3 friends has evolved into an eBook which we believe will help shape conversations in children’s ministry for the next year.

Introducing “What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry!” The best thing about this eBook is that it is completely FREE! Feel free to download the eBook here and distribute it to everyone you know. Use it as a conversation starter in your children’s ministries, your church staff and children’s ministry networks you are a part of.

I don’t want to say too much about the book other than you need to download and read it. For those of you who will be tempted to use up your ink cartridges by printing out the eBook, there will be a print version available come June 14th.

A huge thanks to Imago for donating their time to design and set up both the eBook and the print versions! Please check them out and see if they can help your ministry.

One other thing… we’d love to hear your favorite quotes and thoughts. You can interact with others about the book on Facebook, Twitter (use #wmnkidmin as the hashtag), Kidology, CMConnect, and on the various blogs that are showing up (hey, you could even blog about it!).

We do have some plans to take these conversations further so stay tuned in the next days and weeks!

9 Responses to “What Matters Now in Children’s Ministry”

  1. Wayne Stocks May 17, 2010 at 10:57 am #


    Thanks for helping to put this together. It is clearly a valuable resource and I look forward to the continuing conversation(s) it will create.

    • henryjz May 17, 2010 at 3:37 pm #

      Thanks Wayne! I appreciate your feedback and what you've done to get the word out.

  2. amyedolan May 17, 2010 at 1:24 pm #

    any project is better when you are involved, henry!

  3. Theresa Haskins May 18, 2010 at 2:03 pm #

    Henry! Are you back in ON-LINE business???? Are settled in your new home???? I have missed you!

    • henryjz May 31, 2010 at 7:40 pm #

      We move at the end of June. It's been off and on posting stuff, though :) Hopefully as things get more settled, I'll be interacting more.


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