Monthly Archive: March 2012

Parenting Elementary Age Children

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 …

Teaching character to your kids

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 …

Fishers of Men: Following the Great Commission

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 Fragrance of Easter: Free Download

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 Share with friends...

Becoming a disciple-making ministry.

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 …

What happened to Sunday school?

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 …