As we enter the next 5 years of ministry, I believe that parent ministry is the key to reaching the next generation of kids. Why? No one has more influence in a child's life than his or her parents. What happens at home outweighs what happens at church. Spiritually healthy parents translates to spiritually healthy kids.
Friends, what we have here is a case of terminology confusion. The whole family ministry thing is really cool and exciting to talk about right now and yes, there has been a shift in ministry attention in the recent decade. But what it’s called is somewhat meaningless.
Have you ever watched someone who can capture kids' attention and draw them into the lesson? Not that person? You can be. It just takes a few key elements. Use these and you'll become a pro at speaking to kids.
In the past 7 or so years, I’ve had to hire four or five children’s pastors and four or five elementary and early childhood directors (full time positions). I’d enjoy having my fingernails ripped off more than searching for any of these positions. Why? Because there aren’t many of them out there.
Bex Lewis, an expert in social media and digital innovation, has written a much-needed and timely book full of sound research, practical tips, and realistic advice on how to keep children safe online. She puts the Internet scare stories and distorted statistics into context and offers clear and sensible guidelines to help children thrive in the digital jungl
Sometimes, it’s not simply snapping at children or showing up late–it is a recurring behavioral problem that you must deal with. These are good people and if a bad behavior does develop, it’s likely for a few reasons—at least in my experience.
When I penned my recent article, 10 Things That Drive a Children’s Pastor Crazy I had no idea that I’d be starting such an expansive conversation. However, I am glad we can talk and share with one another and hopefully, encourage a children’s pastor who may be asking, “Does anyone understand?”
The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, has admitted he expects more cases to emerge of child abuse within the Church and that he deals with the issue on a daily basis. He said it was becoming "clearer and clearer" the problem had not been dealt with properly.
Schools work is an increasingly significant area of youth and children’s ministry. This course is designed for those with some experience of schools work as well as for those new to this area of ministry – both paid and unpaid. It is suitable for people working in either primary or secondary schools. As well as thinking about the theological underpinning of
Looking for something for your students to be working on for a month or two? Do you want your students to memorize the books of the New Testament, in order? Here’s a schedule that you can give to them to work on it. They will start with the first week and then keep adding on to that for the following weeks.