“Your heart is the most important leadership tool you have. It is not your experience, knowledge, or skills. It is your heart that matters most of all.” 1
Technology can be a wonderful tool. However, everywhere we turn, we are overwhelmed with the negative effects of social media. In a time when temptation is rampant, it is more important than ever to give your kids a solid foundation. We must come alongside children and parents to encourage, assist, and equip them to guard their hearts. Read the rest of this entry »
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God’s plan for our lives often winds through dark and painful valleys—but ultimately leads to a glorious conclusion. The Christmas story confirms this. Let’s revisit the scene as it very likely played out in both Nazareth and Bethlehem: Read the rest of this entry »
How can we discipline our children without losing our composure in the process? The Bible instructs parents to “train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it” (Proverbs 22:6). This verse offers tremendous encouragement to anyone raising children.
The primary idea behind the phrase “train up” is to provide a systematic or complete training process. God wants His children to know the Scriptures and to develop a close personal relationship with Him from childhood. A comprehensive or systematic plan can help kids achieve balanced growth in Bible knowledge, develop Christ-like character, and nurture faithful conduct. Read the rest of this entry »
Children’s ministry is about kids, of course, but it also involves reaching out and connecting with parents and volunteers. So how do we solidify relationships with moms, dads, grandparents, and guardians?
Keith Tusing is a Family Ministries Pastor with 20+ years of experience serving churches in Texas and Arizona. Keith recommends 10 ways to effectively engage parents.
Some of the best advocates for our ministry are the parents who are directly impacted by the ministry. Parents have a natural desire to involve their children in a ministry that is first rate. Our goal should be to take their interest and turn it into involvement. Today I thought I would share 10 of my favorite ways to engage parents in ministry: Read the rest of this entry »
Remember the nursery rhyme we learned as children? “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Even as children, we knew that the rhyme was not true! The words that people said and the way they were spoken did hurt—often leaving deep, painful scars that might last a lifetime.
Words matter. Words can build up, or words can tear down. Words influence our day-to-day living. Words are powerful. As teachers and parents, do we choose and use our words carefully? Read the rest of this entry »