Top 10 TED Talks for Children's Ministry Leaders

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conferences were started in 1984.

They feature some of the brightest, most innovative people on the planet.  They address a wide range of topics within the research and practice of science and culture, often through storytelling.  The speakers are given a maximum of 18 minutes to present their ideas in the most innovative and engaging ways they can.

The talks given at TED can be found at  There is also an app you can download for your smartphone that will give you access to the talks.

I'm a big fan and watch TED talks often.  Many of the talks have helped me grow as a children's ministry leader.  New talks are added on a regular basis.

Below are 10 TED talks that I recommend to children's ministry leaders.  Check them out.  You'll be glad you did.

How Great Leaders Inspire Action by Simon Sinek
(this will change the way you invite people to join your volunteer team)

How Schools Kill Creativity by Ken Robinson
(nurture rather than undermine creativity in kids)

Virtual Choir by Eric Whitacre
(a great example of rallying people behind a vision)

The Tribes We Lead by Seth Godin
(how ordinary people can lead and make big change)

Every Kid Needs a Champion by Rita Pierson
(believing in kids and connecting with them in a real, personal level)

Teach Teachers How to Create Magic by Christopher Emdin
(how to make a classroom come alive)

Hey Science Teachers - Make It Fun by Tyler DeWitt
(make your lessons come alive with stories and demonstrations)

3 Rules to Spark Learning by Ramsey Musallam
(3 rules to spark imagination and get kids excited about learning)

Gaming to Re-Engage Boys in Learning by Ali Carr-Chellman
(let boys be boys and use video games to teach and entertain them)

What Adults Can Learn From Kids by Adora Svitak
(kids' big dreams deserve high expectations starting with grownups' willingness to learn from children as much as to teach)

What other TED talks have helped you?  Share them with us in the comment section below.  We look forward to watching your suggestions.