Monthly Archive: December 2012

Starting the New Year: Character Counts

The New Year brings fresh hope. We think about new ideas and resolutions to improve our serve. Here’s a practical idea presented by Dr. Scott Turansky that you can use and share with your team and parents. “When you feel overwhelmed by the poor behavior of your child, here’s an exercise that will give you some direction. In fact, this activity is good for any …

Choosing Curriculum for Children’s Ministry

Evaluating and choosing curriculum can be a difficult process. Obviously, every decision should be filtered through God’s Word. Although our goals, mission, and engaging kids are important, Jesus commanded us to “make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20). There is …

Helping Children Deal with Tragedy

Children need help to deal with tragedy. Sometimes it’s a global tragedy like a war or national disaster. Other times it’s the personal loss of a loved one or the breaking up of a home. How should we respond to these things? Parents have the opportunity and responsibility to teach their children how to think about and react to these events as well as their …

The Purpose of Christmas

At this time of the year, we give gifts to family and friends because God gave the ultimate gift—His Son. We celebrate Christmas because He provided reconciliation through Jesus Christ. God’s example to us serves as the model as we purpose to restore and reconcile relationships, too. Dr. Scott Turansky, founder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting, provides the following article. Feel free to …

Relational Discipleship: Connecting Kids To Jesus

Jesus told His followers to make disciples (Matthew 28:19-20). Sounds simple enough, but what does disciple-making look like? At its core, our discipleship commitment finds expression in a close, personal relationship with God and with others. The following article written by Dr. Bobby Harrington will encourage and challenge you as you discover the priority of relational discipleship. Share with friends...