Dollar, Brian. I Blew It. Influence Resources: Springfield. 256 pages.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
In the last eight to ten years, there have been some extremely good Children’s Ministry leadership books written. There have also been some bad ones. I’m thankful that Brian Dollar’s I Blew It falls into the former category. Brian sent me a copy of this before Christmas and due to our move and the holidays, I am just now getting back to blogging. I was eager to make a review of Brian’s book my first post back.
I Blew It is based on the premise that those of us in Children’s Ministry make a handful of common mistakes and Dollar is hoping to shed some light on the underlying factors to those mistakes. As he was making these mistakes during a twenty year tenure as a CP, he “made a commitment to avoid wasting my mistakes because they are some of the best learning opportunities in life.” I like the four questions he poses that we ask when we do something stupid or ill-advised:
- Why did it happen?
- Was it avoidable?
- What specifically could I have done to prevent it?
- What do I need to know, be, or do to avoid repeating the mistake?
Probably the most striking thing about Dollar’s book is his blatant transparency. For all the ways he shows himself to be a goober, you see through that to learn from his wisdom! He writes with frequent humor, theological depth, and great humility. I had the privilege of meeting him and running with him at CPC 2013 and he is the real deal.
This book is a must read for anyone in Children’s Ministry, new or seasoned. I was encouraged a great deal through his hilarious stories and logical leadership principles. It is filled with pastoral guidance, ministry relational advice, recruiting principles, and pushes for deeper discipleship, to say the least.
If you are a Children’s Pastor, buy it. If you want to be a Children’s Pastor, buy it. If you have a Children’s Pastor at your church, buy it for him or her. If you just want a good primer for ministry, buy it. You won’t be sorry.