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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 20 years and currently serves a local church 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.
Brian has grown to become 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.
"Experience is the best teacher, and you’re better off if you can learn from someone else's mistakes. Brian packs years worth of experience into one place: this book."
Michael Chanley - Dir. Int'l Network of Children’s Ministry; Creator of cmconnect.org
"Reading about somebody's past mistakes is like watching a train wreck in slow motion. At times I laughed, and at other times I felt extreme embarrassment for Brian's situation. However, there's something powerfully disarming in a book like this. In more than one chapter, I saw myself in exactly the same situation, and it's comforting to know that I wasn't alone in my failures. This is a must-read book for anyone in ministry! Don't reinvent the wheel—learn from Brian's pain!"
Kenny Conley - NextGen Pastor, Gateway Church, Austin, Texas
"Brian takes his years of experience and packages them in lessons that are painfully hilarious and insightful at the same time. If you have been a kids pastor for 2 days or 20 years, you’ll benefit from the practical wisdom Brian learned the hard way. I hope you enjoy Brian's book as much as I did."
Sam Luce - Children’s Pastor, Redeemer Church, Utica, New York
"As I read Brian’s book, I was immediately drawn in by his candor and humor as he reveals some of the biggest mistakes he's made in ministry. I value his honesty in describing what most of us would rather fade into the shadows of the past. Not only did Brian grow from these mistakes, but also, he shares how we can avoid them. This is a great, encouraging resource for any kidmin leader."
Gina McClain - Children’s Ministry Director; Faith Promise Church, Knoxville, Tennessee
"Children's ministry can be a little overwhelming and scary at times. This book will help you put those fears to rest. The topics Brian addresses are some of the most practical I've ever seen. Use it to be inspired and educated—and to change lives!"
Ryan Frank - Executive Director, KidzMatter, Inc.; K! Magazine
"Reading Brian Dollar's book was such an encouraging relief. I laughed out loud at his stories as I remembered many times I blew it, too. And I enjoyed reading the insights he has gained over the years as God has refined his youthful enthusiasm into seasoned wisdom. This book is a terrific resource for beginners in kidmin and should be a textbook for veterans who may think they "know it all." Brian has practical guidance for all of us who minister to children or lead those who do."
Karl Bastian a.k.a. “The Kidologist” - Founder of Kidology.org