Never forget that your efforts in children’s ministry have long-term implications. George Barna concluded, “By the age of nine, most of the moral and spiritual foundations of a child are in place.” Though head knowledge is important, Bible truths are only part of the discipleship process. Information must lead to transformation—new attitudes and actions. To form genuine disciples, churches must make an intentional, integrated, and concerted effort.
Spiritual Transformation = Knowledge + Character + Conduct Read the rest of this entry »
Discipleship is a lifelong process, highly dependent upon God’s grace and the work of the Holy Spirit. We don’t “graduate” from God’s school of discipleship until we reach heaven. Yet, in His sovereignty, God invites us to partner with Him in Christian formation.
God compares the process of spiritual birth and growth to the labor pains a mother experiences in the delivery of her baby. Paul explains that he endured agonizing labor with the Galatian believers “…until Christ is formed in you” (4:19). “Formation” is from the Greek word morphe (to undergo transformation until the inner being is radically altered).
5 Steps to Effective Ministry
People often ask, “How do I begin the discipleship process with kids?” These five steps will help your children reach their potential as Jesus’ disciples:
Step 1: Pray for direction
Step 2: Determine where you are
Step 3: Decide where God wants you to go
Step 4: Establish a plan that shows how to get there
Step 5: Implement the plan—and don’t stop until you arrive at your destination! Read the rest of this entry »
Most of us learn sequentially. Take math for example. First, we learned to count. After that we learned addition, subtraction, multiplication and then division. Similarly, childhood Christian education should be sequential. A complete education provides three essential elements: Foundational Truths, Learning Levels, and Growth Dimensions.
Foundational Truths: Three Cornerstones of Victorious Living
Start at the cross. God’s message, mission, and motive are foundational truths at the heart of a Children’s Discipleship System. Read the rest of this entry »
Volunteer training is an important part of children’s ministry. Not only does instruction provide your workers with needed skills, but it also shows that you care by helping them realize God’s fullest potential. This helps keep workers motivated and involved.
7 Training Tips
1. Make training a Kingdom investment. Training takes time and resources, but view each session as a long-term investment in building Kingdom relationships. This will help keep workers motivated and involved. Read the rest of this entry »