I enjoy reading. I read everything from fiction books to parenting and leadership books. This year I read many great books, but I thought I would share my top 5 with you. I will limit these to the top 5 books that have something to do with leadership or children’s ministry, since that is what this blog is dedicated to.

5. Kidmin Leadership by Jim Wideman

Jim Wideman is well-known in the children’s ministry world. In Kidmin Leadership, Jim and some of his former mentees give practical advice for leading in children’s ministry.

4. Don’t Waste Your Sports by C.J. Mahaney

God has called us to honor and glorify Him in everything we do. This short book shows coaches and players how they can do that while participating in sports.

3. Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques by Michael Michalko

If you want techniques to generate creative ideas, this book is packed with them. Thinkertoys is a reference book that gives anyone the tools on how to become more creative. A must-have for children’s ministry leaders!

2. Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt

This is a great read for anyone interested in getting their voice heard online, especially via blogging. Michael Hyatt is a veteran writer and blogger, and in this book he shares insider secrets that everyone with a message needs to know.

1. Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp

This book continues to be one of my favorite books on raising godly children. I have read this book multiple times and do so because I continue learning from it with every turn of the page. I would highly recommend it to any parent or children’s ministry leader.

Do you have a favorite book you have read this year? Leave yours in the comment section!

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GJ Farmer is a husband, a dad, the founder of ChildrensMinistryBlog.com, and is the Children’s Pastor at First Baptist Church in Somerset, Kentucky. He has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Church Ministries and a Master’s degree in Children’s Ministry. He has also been fortunate to lead and teach groups at children’s ministry conferences and to have had some of his writing published. Apart from working with kids, he enjoys reading, performing magic tricks, playing video games, and University of Kentucky basketball.

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