Our Mission? Make Disciples.

by DiscipleLand Staff Children's Church, Discipleship, Leadership

We are called to make disciples. It is the heart of our Lord’s Commission for His Church. Jesus said:

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19,20)

We fulfill the Great Commission as we develop students and adults into faithful followers of Jesus Christ. Otherwise, many depart from the faith because they are not led to maturity and service in the body of Christ. Read the rest of this entry »

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Making Good Decisions

by DiscipleLand Staff Discipleship

Teaching good decision-making skills is a big parenting responsibility. Helping children to learn and think about making good decisions is one of the most important skills your ministry can provide. The following may help you train your kids to make good decisions.

Training Tips:

• Teach by example

• Teach “How To Make Good Choices

• Teach children to not make “knee-jerk” decisions

• Teach kids a decision-making process.

Tom Peters teaches to “Fail fast, learn fast, fix fast.” Kids (and parents) need to understand the situation/problem, consider other options, understand the consequences, make a decision, and review and learn from the outcome of their decision. Remember, kids learn from trial and error – failures can lead to better solutions.

If you disciple your kids by giving them the tools, tips, and training they need to make good decisions, they’ll use them as they grow in His grace and truth (Proverbs 22:6).

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When all else fails, read the instructions

by DiscipleLand Staff Children's Church, Discipleship

Conflicts cause great damage to relationships when left unresolved. In our home and in the churches I have pastored, we teach and practice something we call instant reconciliation.

Jesus said, “Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother” (Matthew 18:15-17; see also Matthew 5:23-24).

Let’s break it down. Read the rest of this entry »

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Win an iPod Shuffle!

by DiscipleLand Staff DiscipleLand Products, Discipling Resources

We love you guys for working with kids and we want to share some Apple love. We’re giving away 8 iPod Shuffles!

iPod Shuffle winner Nashville CPC!

How to Win an iPod?

1. Visit the DiscipleLand booth at the CPC in San Diego March 14-16 each time the resource center is open. A winner will be selected every exhibit session!

2. Tweet or facebook or email other children ministry friends this: Win an iPod! DiscipleLand is giving away iPod Shuffles. Details: http://wp.me/pKh81-4Q

3. Comment on this post.

That’s it!

Official Rules: Winners will be chosen randomly. No purchase necessary.

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Earthquakes … Famine … End Times?

by DiscipleLand Staff Discipleship

My family watched the new DVD release of “2012” last night. With surround-sound at near full volume and viewed on a hi-res 42″ screen, there was a whole lot of shakin’ going on!

As the credits rolled, my 11-year old son had lots of questions. I thank God for providing such teaching opportunities. Interestingly, I just received an email from Insight From Living containing a section entitled “Earthquakes … Famines … War.” Here’s an excerpt: Read the rest of this entry »

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Children’s Ministry: What will your legacy be?

by DiscipleLand Staff Discipleship

Charles Spurgeon said, “You are teaching children, so mind what you teach them. Take care what you are doing! …It is a child’s soul you are tampering with… It is a child’s soul you are preparing for eternity… If it is an evil to mislead gray-headed age, it must be far more so to turn aside the feet of the young into the road of error, in which they may forever walk.”

Should Children’s Ministry exist to lay the groundwork for a lifetime of discipleship?

Are we equipping parents through discipleship and instruction so that they fully understand that they are accountable by God to train up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord? (see Deut. 6:4-9; Mth. 28:19-20; Eph. 6:4; 2 Tim. 3:14-15)

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