Trying to build a bigger Sunday school work won't revive dying congregations, according to Scripture Union's director of ministry development. Alan Charter Alan Charter said churches should concentrate on developing whole-church discipleship which includes children in the life of a congregation rather than separating them out.
Principles For Living And Passing On Faith (from Vibrant Faith Ministries) 1. Faith is formed by the power of the Holy Spirit through personal, trusted relationships – often in our own homes. 2. The church is a living partnership between the ministry of the congregation and ministry of the home. 3. Where Christ is present in faith, the home is church too. 4.
How we practically walk out in our church the message that you hear at the Orange conference that parents are the primary spiritual leaders in their homes is what we call Talk, Pray, Do. We ask parents to Talk to (not at) their kids – 15 min a day Pray with their kids 2x a week Do family activity once a month We strongly believe that if you do those things y
Over this last month I have visited quite a number of Messy Churches who have been using the harvest ideas from Get Messy! about the man who built bigger and bigger barns. It's been exciting and humbling to see how the same material in the magazine has been used creatively and differently by each Messy Church.
Having a hard time engaging boys with your lesson? Take some tips from video games. Video games engage boys. Boys will spend hours playing video games...so intensely that they forget about eating and sleeping at times. Have you ever stopped to think about why boys love video games so much? Here's five reasons.
As the transition from lecture-based education to learner-based education accelerates, children's ministries that continue to depend upon good "teachers" will become ineffective. The rules of teaching today's kids have changed. The learning environment can no longer be centered around the teacher, but must center around the students and
When I first began my work in children’s ministry nearly two decades ago, I had one mission: tell kids that Jesus loved them. Over the years, I have tried my best to stay true to that original mission but my secondary purpose is to help my kids know Jesus more
If we want to influence the next generation for Christ then we must influence young parents. They are the key shapers and molders of kids. What you do on weekends is important, but it pales in comparison to the influence parents have with their kids during the week.
If we tell our kids half-truths they will find out once they discover our half-truths we have used to deflect or delay from tough conversations our kids will begin to wonder which half of everything we say is untrue.
I quickly realized that my job as a children’s pastor is not to address every evil but to use the small window of time I have to paint a picture of Jesus that is so attractive everything else pales in comparison.
This past weekend I sat down with someone who wanted to serve in our children's ministry. I knew going into the conversation that he would not be able to serve at this time. His heart was in the right place...but his background check wasn't.