The GenOn Ministries’ Children’s Ministry Effectiveness Model acknowledges that the ultimate statement of effectiveness is a saving relationship with God through Jesus Christ for each child. We believe that if ministry solutions help children to become active disciples of Christ...living in that saving relationship...then the ministry has been effective. The
One of the key regular ingredients in an act of worship with children present is a version of the Lord’s Prayer. There is of course the ongoing debate about whether we use the traditional words (with the thees and thous) or a more modern version. However, whichever one you go with, it can still remain meaningless to the children unless you introduce a way of
So, you are sitting down to prepare for your children's group or all-age worship and you're faced with your Bible story for the week. You work with a mixed group of children (or children and adults in a service), each with his or her own personality, background, learning style and attention span! Some are eager to learn but easily distracted; other
At Scripture Union, we know that as well as being hugely important and highly rewarding, ministry with children and young people can also be a real challenge. That's why we've developed this range of over 40 FREE videos that showcase simple but effective expert advice that could really help you take your children's and youth work to the next l
So, if your older preschooler/kindergartener to young elementary aged child is ready for a new Bible to engage in God’s amazing story, I highly recommend the Power Bible series. You can get the whole series here.
Understand money is not everything and that there are lots of things to do that money can’t buy. Time with your family is precious as it builds ever lasting memories and builds relationships. Dr. Rodger Duncan stated that no one on his deathbed ever said“I wish I’d spent more time at the office.” There are lots of things that you can do with your family that
Announcing the measures, Mrs Morgan, who replaced Michael Gove as education secretary in last month's Cabinet reshuffle, said there is no place for extremism "anywhere in the education system". Funding would be withheld from establishments that teach creationism as scientific fact, Mrs Morgan said. Editor - whatever your stance on creation thi
As Children's Ministry leaders, I believe at times, we have blurred the lines between fact and fiction. How? Not clarifying that the stories in the Bible are not fictional stories, but actual events that happened. It's important to teach kids that the pages of the Bible contain real events that were experienced by real people. Don't assume the
From First Things, an interview with W. Bradford Wilcox: What can churches do to bridge the growing class divide in American family life? My argument to the bishops was three-fold. I suggested that 1) Churches need to be a voice for economic justice for lower-income families by, for instance, advocating for more generous child and
Care for the Family’s befriending service offers understanding and support to parents of children with additional needs. All our befrienders are trained and are, themselves, parents of children with additional needs who can share insights and encouragement from their own personal experiences. Maggie and Beth, who coordinate the Additional Needs project, both
In our world today many children are experiencing early childhood trauma. We now know through a lot of research that childhood trauma can affect a child for the rest of their lives. The website ACEs too High (Adverse Childhood Experiences) explains through several articles and research reviews about how trauma in early childhood can affect a child’s behavior
The Playtime conference is becoming more and more popular each year. Last year we had over 700 delegates attending both our events. This year we are thrilled to have Diane Louise Jordan join us again, along with other special guests to give us a day full of new insight, creativity and lots of ideas to implement within your toddler group and in the communitie
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.