More than 10,000 congregations have committed to active participation in National Back to Church Sunday on Sept. 16. By registering their names and locations, these congregations have signaled their intentions to invite family, friends, neighbors and co-workers, who, for a variety of reasons, no longer attend church.
The largest community outreach in the nation is expected to draw the participation of more than 14,000 churches. Read the rest of this entry »
Ray Stedman, noted pastor and Biblical expositor said, “Forgiveness, of course, is the virtue we most enjoy, and least employ, in our Christian experience. We all love to be forgiven – we expect it, and want it. But we find it a struggle to forgive; we resist it, and refuse oftentimes to do it.”
Corrie Ten Boom, a Christian woman who survived a Nazi concentration camp during the Holocaust, said, “Forgiveness is to set a prisoner free, and to realize the prisoner was you.”
Forgiveness is a foundational Bible truth. Why is forgiveness important? The best answer is because Jesus commanded us to forgive others. Scripture clearly communicates that if we don’t forgive, we won’t be forgiven: “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins” (Matthew 6:14-16). Read the rest of this entry »
Nurture Life-long Faith
Whether you are a Sunday school teacher, volunteer, leader, or parent, you are vital in nurturing children’s faith. The following can help you guide and grow children toward a deeper, life-long faith.
Kids Need Faith
(John 20:30-31; Hebrews 11:1,6)
The Situation: Children ask, “Can you prove it?” Some kids are taught to believe that the scientific method is the ultimate test of validity. In Read the rest of this entry »
People don’t buy bulbs, tires, or cars. We buy light, safety, and experiences.
When recruiting volunteers, how you position your ministry is important. For instance, you could say, “We need your help with the kids today.” Or you might try, “Did you know that nearly 50% of all Americans who accept Jesus as their Savior do so before reaching the age of 13? We need two leaders willing to make an eternal difference in the hearts and lives of kids.”
Which appeal sounds more compelling to you? Motivate your people by emphasizing the eternal benefits. Read the rest of this entry »
A Lasting Foundation
If you’ve ever watched a house being built, you know that blueprints are essential. Blueprints contain plans that fully describe the quality and specifications of the materials – including the foundation.
The quality and strength of a foundation determines the quality and strength of everything built upon it. The same is true for children’s ministry. A ministry built on a sub-standard foundation will never reach God’s intended purpose.
If you want to build a healthy, life-changing, Christ-honoring children’s ministry, you must invest time in laying a Biblically solid foundation. Read the rest of this entry »
There is nothing more important than teaching children how to know God intimately, to love Him passionately, and to serve Him selflessly. Choosing a discipleship curriculum is not an easy task, but making wise decisions about your curriculum will have an impact for generations to come.
There is nothing more important than teaching children how to know God intimately, to love Him passionately, and to serve Him selflessly.
Choosing a discipleship curriculum is not an easy task, but making wise decisions about your curriculum will have an impact for generations to come. These steps will guide you: Read the rest of this entry »
Asking children to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior means giving them opportunities to hear the Good News, and to put their faith in Jesus Christ.
Use this NEW 16-page Good News Story booklet to share the Gospel during VBS, with visiting children, for community outreach this summer, or to help believing children fully understand the Good News – so they in turn can share it with others.
Young children who know Jesus and those who have yet to meet Him need a copy of this 16-page Good News Story booklet. Kids will love these seven beautifully illustrated, easy-to-read Bible stories that walk them through the Gospel. Available in sets of 10 booklets. Click Here To Learn More About This New 16-page Booklet >>
Good News Tip Download
This free 1-page download provides tips for sharing Christ’s message with children. Click Here To Receive This FREE Download >>
“Now, get on your way quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He is risen from the dead. He is going on ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there.’ That’s the message.”
We hope you find the following Appearances of the Risen Christ (Matthew 28:7) helpful in extending your experience beyond the Resurrection weekend. Our prayer is that you continue to grow in relationship with Christ and live as faithful disciples in all of life. Feel free to use the following for personal growth or for follow-up study with your students.
• To Mary Magdalene (Mark 16:9-11; John 20:11-18)
• To other women (Matthew 28:8-10)
• To Peter (Luke 24:34)
• To ten disciples without Thomas (Luke 24:36-43; John 20:19-25)
• To the Eleven including Thomas (Mark 16:14; John 20:26-29)
• At His ascension (Mark 16:19, 20; Luke 24:50-53; Acts 1:4-12) Read the rest of this entry »
This new 416-page Bible Storybook helps parents, grandparents, and teachers explain God’s Word in all its fullness. From Genesis to Revelation, My Awesome God Bible Storybook invites readers, young and old, to discover that God is truly awesome!
- 200 stories help children embrace what the Bible says about God – who He is, what He is like, and what He does.
- Each story is crafted to engage younger children and is faithful to the Biblical text.
- Vibrant art, bursting with rich detail, fills every page.
- The stories follow the same sequence as DiscipleLand/s Preschool Curriculum.
- Interactive “Discover God” questions help reinforce each lesson for life!
- Perfect for Sunday school, church, and home.
- Makes a life-changing gift — for new kids in your ministry or to welcome new families to your church.
- Great way for parents to disciple their children!
Free Virtual Tour
The following article by Tony Kummer is timely and practical.
In most churches, finding volunteers for children’s ministry is a constant struggle. Most children’s ministers spend hours recruiting for Sunday school, church nursery, vacation Bible school, and other ministry programs.
This shouldn’t be the case. If people really understood the spiritual blessings of Read the rest of this entry »