6 tips: Engaging children today

En·gage: occupy, attract, or involve (someone’s interest or attention) Ever had that moment when you feel like you’re herding cats? In this article by Greg Baird, discover six keys that will help you engage, impact and create life change. Leading in children’s ministry involves many things. Aligning vision. Growing ourselves. Recruiting leaders. Equipping our team. Managing programs. Ensuring safety in all environments. And we could list a …

Making friends for life

“As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend” (Proverbs 27:17, NLT). How Kids Think Children ask each other, “Will you be my friend?” Most kids are desperate to “belong.” They are afraid of being excluded and want to fit in with their peers. But many children lack the ability to distinguish good friends from bad. They choose friends who do not reflect Christian …

Lifelong faith can start today

Dr. Howard Hendricks, who taught at Dallas Theological Seminary for more than 50 years, said, “When a person makes a confession of faith and is never taken through a formal discipleship process, there is little hope of seeing genuine spiritual transformation.” There is nothing more important than teaching children how to know God intimately, to love Him passionately, and to serve Him selflessly. Choosing a …

Help children learn self-control

Kids protest, “Why are you punishing me?” Children only see that correction results in a rebuke, spanking, or loss of privileges. They cannot yet appreciate the long-term value of godly discipline that molds, strengthens, and perfects their character. “An effective, Biblically sound children’s training process must be comprehensive and ultimately help kids know God intimately, love Him passionately, and serve Him selflessly.” Children are predisposed …

Three Keys to Anointed Teaching

By James C. Wilhoit and Linda Rozema, Wheaton College Introduction In this paper, the authors suggest that anointing is not just an optional enrichment to teaching, but its defining mark. The Puritan writer and preacher Richard Baxter (1674) used an apt expression when he spoke of the anointing on Christian communication as “tincture,” by which he meant it was like a dye that colored the …

The greatest in God’s Kingdom

Real Life Heroes Television and other media often exalt sports starts, super-models, and Hollywood celebrities. Nearly every child today idolizes these heroes and wants to emulate the rich and famous. Jesus could have established a cult-following. He could have basked in His popularity and His power. But Christ’s mission transcended the lures of wealth or status. The greatest people in God’s kingdom are those who …

Helping children listen to God

Andrew Murray wrote, “Conscience can be compared to the window of a room, through which the light of heaven shines into it, and through which we can look out and see that heaven, with all that its light shines on.”1 In Romans 9:1 the Apostle Paul said, “I speak the truth in Christ–I am not lying, my conscience confirms it in the Holy Spirit.” In this article, …