Arguably, The book on clown ministry. An excellent resource on gospel clowning (it’s not focusing intently on creating make-up or other “clown” activities, but rather how the clown becomes a gospel clown). An excellent resource with several skits as well as interviews with several gospel clowns across the country.
Don’t forget to check out Everything New and Who’s Who in Clown Ministry, a sequel and follow-up volume by the same author.
Table of Contents for Clown Ministry Handbook
Foreword by Floyd Shaffer
- Chapter One: In the Beginning
- An overview of the activities of clowns throughout history
- Chapter Two: But the Greatest of These Is Love
- How clowns demonstrate devotion to God by their services and actions
- Chapter Three: A Merry Heart Maketh A Cheerful Countenance
- Costume and facial make-up of “pure” clown types listed and illustrated
- Chapter Four: Put on the New Man
- The need for a balance between what the clown looks like and what he is made of, inside. Stresses importance of wardrobe, props, techniques, name and feelings
- Chapter Five: Let Us Exhalt His Name Together
- Practical and spiritual suggestions for achieving and maintaining group organization while ministering
- Chapter Six: Go Ye Into All The World
- The “where” and “how” of clown ministry. Places to go for outreach ministry, things to do and what to expect
- Chapter Seven: Things Which Are Not Seen Are Eternal
- The relationship of God and man. How the clown can be the link between both. The importance of prayer.
- Chapter Eight: Clown Gags
- Suggestions to the clown for achieving rapport with audience, through laughter
- Chapter Nine: Scripture Skits for Clown Groups
- Includes five skits, each with several clown parts. Skits with a message for Christian living
- Chapter Ten: More Performance Skits for Clown Ministry in Church
- Performance scripts for use within a worship service
- Chapter Eleven: Balloon Art
- How to entertain an audience by making a wide variety of objects from balloons
- Chapter Twelve: Caring and Sharing Clowns
- Eleven clown ministers tell how they came to be clowns for Christ
About the author of Clown Ministry Handbook, Janet Litherland
Janet Litherland is the author of the novels, “Sweet Justice,” “The Long Road Home,” “Song of the Heart,” “Vanished,” “Chain of Deception,” and “Discovery In Time,” as well as 10 nonfiction books and numerous articles and stories for national magazines. Her “Absolutely Unforgettable Parties” reached #2 on the Small Press Top 10 best-sellers list. “The Clown Ministry Handbook,” a GROUP magazine Book of the Year, is currently in its fourth edition.
Formerly a professional actor/singer/dancer, Janet appeared as Ann Rutledge in the New York touring company production of Young Abe Lincoln, as Beauty in Sleeping Beauty (Cricket Theater, New York), and in many musical productions including Showboat, Brigadoon, Finian’s Rainbow, Gypsy, Bye Bye Birdie, The Music Man and others. She also performed for the U.S.O. at military installations in Greenland, Iceland, Newfoundland, Labrador and the Baffin Islands. Her theatrical background led her to author more than 100 music/drama-related scripts. She has taught college extension courses in creative writing and has worked as an editor and writing coach. Janet is an enthusiastic traveler who enjoys doing on-site research for her novels, particularly in Europe.