Parenting Elementary Age Children

by DiscipleLand Staff Children's Ministry Curriculum, Children's Ministry Resources

Parenting Elementary Age Children

by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN

During the ages of 6 to 12, children change in significant ways. Their thinking patterns and mental abilities go through major developments. Personality, character, and a worldview are being formed and molded for the long term. Developing responsibility and wisdom are two significant priorities at this stage. In addition to these two qualities, children often demonstrate heart quality strengths that you’ll want to encourage. Unfortunately, some of those strengths can be misused, requiring the need to develop additional heart qualities to balance things out.

For example, Jennifer, age eight, is easy-going, laid back, and tolerant. Those are great qualities that help her remain calm with her brother, comply with Mom’s requests, and make transitions easily in family life. However, Jennifer is also quite tolerant of messes, doesn’t take initiative to do chores without being prodded, and isn’t doing her best at school. Jennifer has some great heart qualities but needs additional ones such as thoroughness, thoughtfulness, and attention to detail in order to be most effective. Read the rest of this entry »

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Teaching character to your kids

by DiscipleLand Staff Children's Ministry Curriculum, Children's Ministry Resources, Discipleship

Practical idea: Share this helpful article with your children’s ministry volunteers and parents.

“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.” -Abraham Lincoln

The development of positive, stable character traits should flow directly from spiritual growth. Attempts to train a child to be “good” will be relatively meaningless and have only limited success if that child has no personal relationship with God and no real understanding of His love and justice. A kid can make all the right spiritual noises and toe the line when Mom and Dad are watching, but what happens when no one is looking or when he goes off to college by himself? Spiritual maturity and virtuous character traits can’t be instilled into children through a series of lectures. Instead, these things have to arise naturally and holistically out of the quality of life and the health of the relationships they experience at home. (Source: Focus on the Family).1 Read the rest of this entry »

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Fishers of Men: Following the Great Commission

by DiscipleLand Staff Children's Ministry Curriculum, Children's Ministry Resources, Discipleship

Practical idea: Download and read this important article with volunteers and staff and ask the simple question: What can we do to ensure that our children are growing in Christ-likeness?

Thomas A. Tarrants III, Director of Ministry at the C.S. Lewis Institute, cautions, “There is a crisis of discipleship in the American church today. Reams of research confirm the simple observation that in many ways the lives of most professing Christians are not much different from their non-believing neighbors. Like ancient Israel and the church in some periods of history, we have adopted the beliefs, values, and behaviors of the surrounding culture to an alarming degree. Although there are exceptions among individuals and congregations, they only serve to confirm the reality. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Fragrance of Easter: Free Download

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Free Easter Resource:

The Fragrance of Easter
by Mark Steiner

Mary of Bethany anointed Jesus. She is one of only a few who ministered to Jesus directly. In a moving gesture that demonstrated her deep devotion and gratitude, Mary opened her alabaster jar and … Click Here For An Immediate Download

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Becoming a disciple-making ministry.

by DiscipleLand Staff Children's Ministry Curriculum, Children's Ministry Resources, Discipleship

Practical idea: Share this helpful article with your children’s ministry volunteers and parents.

Barry Sneed, NavPress Executive Vice President, writes, “Jesus gave us the biblical imperative to go and make disciples. Paul reminded the church in Colossae that we must teach everyone with all wisdom so that we may present everyone mature in Christ – in order that none be deceived by persuasive arguments and stay strong in their faith. I believe that Jesus was saying in your everyday walking around life, as you are going . . . make disciples. Discipleship is the core mission behind everything relating to the church. Colossians 2:7 reminds us to walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Becoming a disciple-making church is an intentional process. It takes intentional leadership to create alignment, relational environments, and understanding of a biblical disciple-making process.”1

Today’s Kids Need Our Help

George Barna states, “By the age of nine, most of the moral and spiritual foundations of a child are in place.”2 Our culture is greatly influencing our children’s moral behavior and development—the vast majority of Christian kids today have no spiritual foundation. In fact, current research indicates that nearly 70% of today’s youth are leaving the church. Fun and games are fine, but we must face the reality that we are raising a generation of children who have missed out on essential Bible training. When the world comes calling, many fall prey to questionable activities and deceptive philosophies—and they walk away from their faith. Read the rest of this entry »

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What happened to Sunday school?

by DiscipleLand Staff Children's Ministry Curriculum, Children's Ministry Resources, Discipleship

Why Sunday School Lost its Edge

By Ed Stetzer, President of LifeWay Research

It’s probably not a secret that Sunday school is no longer the en vogue program of the local church. Its reputation has, well, suffered over the years. My focus here is not to give answers or prescriptions, but to help us consider how it lost its reputation—its edge—and how a once thriving program is now often seen as a relic of the past.

Some have noted a trend of established churches abandoning or modifying adult Sunday school in favor of off-campus small groups. You would be hard pressed to find a contemporary church plant that includes Sunday school as part of its structure. Adult small groups in new churches are most likely meeting in homes or ”third spaces” (like coffee shops) at various times during the week. For many, Sunday school is a thing of the past. Read the rest of this entry »

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