If you have an appetite for blogs related to discipleship, be sure to check out the new blog at GCSSA.org
GCSSA (Greater Chicagoland Sunday School Association) has been committed to equipping leaders and lay people in teaching and discipleship for decades. They host several annual conferences in English and Spanish in the Chicagoland area.
According to GCSSA.org:
GCSSA is working hard to help teachers and disciple-makers achieve God’s call in their lives.
- Encouraging their work for Christ
- Helping them understand God’s Word, how to study it, and how to prepare to teach it
- Helping them develop key ministry skills which will help achieve discipleship ministry goals
- Helping them learn the newest ministry approaches to helping others grow spiritually
With contributors like Bill Allison, Dr. Gregory C. Carlson, Paul J. Loth, Ed.D., Dr. James Renke, Mickie O’Donnell and others coming soon, you may want to snag up the RSS feed so you don’t miss a post!
Do you have a Master Plan for how your Children’s Ministry is forming disciples? Life long disciples are not made by accident – they are a result of careful planning and strategic ministry.
Check out the Discipleship Master Plan PDF on DiscipleLand.com It is sure to stimulate your thinking and help you better plan for the ultimate goal of your ministry – making disciples!
This is part 6 in a 12 part Series on D.I.S.C.I.P.L.E.S.H.I.P. – Twelve Tips to help you become a more effective discipler of children.
Prayer is one of those things we often talk about more than we actually do! Just to make sure we don’t do that right now, lets both STOP, RIGHT NOW, and pray before going forward. Go for it. Ask God to open your heart to how Prayer could transform and empower your discipling!
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Last month I was in Fresno, CA where I did a DL academy. The church asked me to speak in the morning services on “Satan’s Seductions” and follow-up with the parents Sunday afternoon and Monday evening. We had a great response from the parents who were very interested in understanding the culture their kids are living in today. One point I made was the fact that many of today’s church kids have never personalized their God. He is still the God of their parents and their church. We discussed the mass exodus we are experiencing from the church by our pre-teens and teens and how Satan has seduced them into a world that opposes everything we believe as committed Christians.
Within 24 hours of our meetings I received email messages from three families. One mom said that when she went home Monday night her young teen daughter informed her that she no longer believed in God. She was very grateful that she had attended the meetings and had something to say to her daughter. The other families confirmed the things I had presented and told me the sad stories of their own battles with evil in their homes.
Under the noses of parents and pastors is another world that has one objective . . . seducing our kids and destroying Christian families. Last week I read a stat from the Association of Family and Marriage Ministry that in 2006 there were 42,000,000 porn pages available to our kids on the internet and 25% of all search engine requests are for porn. The largest group of viewers of internet porn are children between 12 and 17 years old. As Christian parents and leaders in the church we have a giant to slay who is taunting us at every turn. We can’t give up, we must keep fighting for the hearts, minds and souls of our kids.
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