Children’s Ministry Training: Free Resources

by DiscipleLand Staff Children's Ministry Curriculum, Children's Ministry Resources, Leadership, Teaching Tips

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Teacher training and equipping parents are at the heart of DiscipleLand curriculum. Use and share the following training tools and resources with your team and parents.

Online Videos

Teachers will find short, practical videos for curriculum trainingclassroom equippingleadership trainingparent helpshow to disciple childrenwhat kids really needdiscipleship tipsteacher training, and more. Training videos are available 24/7, can be viewed online or downloaded and can be viewed on virtually any platform—phones, tablets, TVs, and computers. DiscipleLand’s training videos are free. Read the rest of this entry »

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Leading Ministry Teams: Part 2

by DiscipleLand Staff Children's Ministry Curriculum, Children's Ministry Resources, Discipleship, Leadership, Teaching Tips

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Leading Ministry Teams: Part 2

By Kevin E. Lawson and Orbelina Equizabal, Biola University

Continuing from Part 1 in this series, Lawson and Eguizabal evaluate current research on team ministries and present practical implications for churches and organizations.

Summary

This article reviews the recent research efforts exploring what makes teams effective, and how to determine when to work as a team and when other approaches might be better. It examines the results of several case studies of church ministry teams and closes with 13 implications for those in ministry leadership roles who are considering a team approach. Read the rest of this entry »

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Stopping “Anger” in its Tracks

by DiscipleLand Staff Children's Ministry Curriculum, Children's Ministry Resources, Discipleship, Family, Raising Godly Children, Teaching Tips

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All of us get angry at times. Learning how to help children manage their anger is important. Dr. Scott Turansky, co-founder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting, provides the following practical article that can bring peace at home and at church. Read the rest of this entry »

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Tips for Nursery Teachers

by DiscipleLand Staff Children's Ministry Curriculum, Children's Ministry Resources, Nursery, Raising Godly Children, What Kids Need

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Your Nursery—A Strategic Ministry

The nursery—it is a place of Cheerios, diapers, hugs, play, music, and simple truths about God. Though many nursery workers view this time as merely “childcare,” others envision the nursery as a critical-care ministry. Babies and toddlers have the ability to observe faith in relationship with others, learn simple truths about God, establish relational connections, and respond to a safe, peaceful atmosphere. Read the rest of this entry »

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Motivating Your Kids

by DiscipleLand Staff Children Need To Know, Children's Ministry Curriculum, Children's Ministry Resources, Leadership, Raising Godly Children, What Kids Need

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“For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory” (1 Thessalonians 2:11-12, NIV).

How Kids Think

Children wonder, “What difference does obeying God make?” Some kids are discouraged about trying to please God. They have lost interest in spiritual matters and are not motivated to be involved. Instead, they focus on their own interests and let the world guide them. Without encouragement, reminders, and continual opportunities that help focus their hearts towards God, children live for themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude

by DiscipleLand Staff Children's Ministry Curriculum, Children's Ministry Resources, Family, Raising Godly Children, Sunday School Lessons, What Kids Need

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One day, Jesus healed 10 men who were sick with a horrible disease called leprosy (Luke 17:12-19). Only one of the men took time to thank Jesus for healing him. How do you think Jesus felt about this? Read the rest of this entry »

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Object Lessons that Reveal Jesus’ Identity

by DiscipleLand Staff Children Need To Know, Children's Ministry Curriculum, Children's Ministry Resources, Discipleship, Family, Parenting, Raising Godly Children, What Kids Need

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(John 14:6, 20:29-31; Matthew 28:18-20)

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

How Kids Think

Children ask, “Is Jesus Christ real?” Some adults honor Jesus as an important historical figure, some worship Him as God, still others reject Jesus and use His name with contempt or indifference. Many children are confused about the Lord’s true identity and don’t know Him as Savior. Kids need guidance and opportunities to learn about Jesus, His purpose on the earth, and how they can know Him personally today. Read the rest of this entry »

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Emotional Dynamite

by DiscipleLand Staff Children Need To Know, Children's Ministry Curriculum, Children's Ministry Resources, Family, Parenting, Raising Godly Children, What Kids Need

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Some of the ways teachers and parents relate to children work against emotional closeness. Be careful not to undermine your own efforts with actions that close your child’s heart. In the following article, Dr. Scott Turansky, co-founder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting, provides four examples of things to avoid: Read the rest of this entry »

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Pray from Your H-E-A-R-T

by DiscipleLand Staff Children Need To Know, Children's Ministry Curriculum, Children's Ministry Resources, Family, Parenting, Raising Godly Children, What Kids Need

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“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (James 5:16, NIV).

How Kids Think

Kids wonder, “Will God really answer my prayers?” Some children think that God is too big or too busy to hear their requests. Others feel awkward or unworthy to speak with Him. Still others stop praying after a request is not granted. Children need to see examples of persistent prayer, hear testimonies about God’s answers, and to realize that God may respond with “Yes,” “No,” or “Maybe.” With proper guidance and modeling, children can learn to pray boldly from a heart of faith. Read the rest of this entry »

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Raising Responsible Kids

by DiscipleLand Staff Children Need To Know, Children's Ministry Curriculum, Children's Ministry Resources, Parenting, Raising Godly Children, What Kids Need

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We all want our kids to act responsibly. Dr. Scott Turansky, co-founder of the National Center for Biblical Parenting, provides the following discipleship tip you can use to teach children responsibility. Read the rest of this entry »

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How to Find Rest in a Busy World

by DiscipleLand Staff Children's Ministry Curriculum, Children's Ministry Resources, Family, Leadership, Parenting

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Transformational Rest For Educators

By Marla Campbell

In this article, Marla Campbell from the Cook School of Intercultural Studies of Biola University looks at the impact of Sabbath and rest on ministers and parents—urging ministers to model this vital spiritual intimacy with God. Read the rest of this entry »

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Train Children Now (they’ll thank you later)

by DiscipleLand Staff Children Need To Know, Children's Ministry Curriculum, Children's Ministry Resources, Discipleship, Parenting, Raising Godly Children, What Kids Need

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“Train up a child in the way he should go,
and when he is old he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6, NKJV).

The Situation

Kids sometimes wonder, “Where does this path lead?“ They are looking for clear direction and honest answers. Many parents feel inadequate, so they leave academic and social training to the school and spiritual training to the church—or to chance. As a result, many children “grow up too fast,” having to navigate life’s choices without leadership or direction. They wander aimlessly—and often choose precipitous courses. Read the rest of this entry »

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