The TED talks are talks about Technology, Entertainment, and Design. Only the most engaging, thought provoking talks make it to the TED stage. Carmine Gallo, author of Talk Like TED, has watched over 150 hours of TED talks. He recently shared the top 3 things the most engaging presentations have in common. […]
At Building Faith we are continually grateful for the work and ministry of Sharon Ely Pearson. Some years ago she developed clear and effective charts for comparing various curricula. Thanks to the magic of the internet, these crucial resources will always be available on this site… forever.
Teaching kids about the love of God is a privilege and a joy but what happens when your group includes a negative child? Everyone has a down day occasionally but this little one sees the glass half empty all the time. If it’s snack time, he bemoans the cookie and cracker selection. During the teaching time, he interrupts to infuse his negativity into your le […]
In 2013 Mount Paran Church (Atlanta, Georgia) created a staff position to oversee special needs inclusion for all of its family ministry environments. Jillian Palmiotto, a former special education teacher and longtime children’s ministry volunteer, became the church’s first Family Ministry Special Needs Ministry Coordinator. A couple of weeks ago the newly n […]
Using big words with kids (and adults) hurts your communication instead of helping it. Great communicators know how to take the complex and communicate it with simplicity. Simple words = effective communication. Complex words = ineffective communication. […]
If your family’s calendar is indeed full, the chances are that your family is coming into close, regular contact with those who do not have faith in Christ. Your son’s soccer team, your daughter’s theater class, your PTA meeting, your Gymboree class – these are all mission fields ripe for the harvest. What most families need is not to do more things, but to […]
Here are some highlights from Wright’s 3d chp, one asking if we (think we) are losing our youth. 1. Young adults are less religious, but what does this mean? 2. 12% in the 70s and 80s were unaffiliated; now 25% are. But this is the same number as with other age groups. 3. Currently, 22% of young adults are evangelicals; that’s up from 21% in the 70s but down […]
VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer and the cast of Buck Denver Asks...What's in the Bible? explain what Easter is, why Easter matters, and how to share the Gospel with children in this bible video series.
BUT we have a BIG problem. Every day, the Bible is kept shut for children all over the world. Misunderstanding, negative messages in the media, some poor teaching in schools, poverty, illiteracy, disability and persecution are just some of the reasons why. Time is running out. Children are growing up fast, without the Bible.
Earlier this week, we wrote an outline of our vision – resourcing parents on mission to and with their children. Today, we want to take a moment to dive deeper into the first half of that vision: being on mission to your children.
Up to now, it’s been an accepted norm that not all churches could or should accommodate kids with autism and other special needs. (And I share in my book that not all churches can accommodate to the same degree.) But times are a changin. It is no longer acceptable for any church to be unaware of and unprepared to welcome families with special needs.
It started with a “path of faith” made up of pieces of cardboard shaped like rocks. Each “rock” had a word - gratitude, justice, joy, praise – and the children would walk the path at the end of their worship time, saying the words aloud as they went. For Lent, we added additional stones and batter
This could include forcing a child to witness domestic violence, punishments that involve humiliation or degradation, and aggressively scapegoating them. Praising the Government's plans, Iryna Pona, policy adviser at The Children's Society said: "The law should protect children from harm and the available evidence is very clear: emotional negl […]
A part of the column that really struck me what Kristof’s explanation of what child pornography actually is: There’s sometimes a perception that child pornography is about teenage girls pulling off their tops. That’s not remotely what we’re talking about. “If we were starting over, we wouldn’t call it child pornography,” says Ernie Allen, president of the In […]
Kinnaman explains, “In part, it is a failure of not connecting Jesus and the Bible to the other outcomes identified in this research—relational, missional, vocational and cultural discernment. In other words, the version of ‘Jesus in a vacuum’ that is often packaged for young people doesn’t last long compared to faith in Christ that is not compartmentalized […]
Belonging is a key in encouraging healthy faith development in children as we value their contribution to our faith development as households and churches. Belonging is more than just a warm feeling. There is much the church and our households can understand about belonging in order to foster it. There are many factors involved in belonging. These will be ex […]